Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 41.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,373. During the day, 349.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,966 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 138 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a $2.70 gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $144.37. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 4.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $105.55 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 96-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $89.64. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.27 points or roughly accounting for 17.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 4.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $58.19 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 17.4, 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 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.

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