Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 196 points (+1.2%) at 16,017 as of Friday, Dec 6, 2013, 1:40 p.m. ET. During this time, 194.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 373 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,209 issues advancing vs. 756 declining with 114 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a $1.09 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $85.50. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.25 points or roughly accounting for 4.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 3.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares. Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.43 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%. Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.