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 down 56.0 points (-0.4%) at 15,938 as of Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 121.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 379 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a $1.01 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $95.97. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares. Caterpillar has a market cap of $60.14 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%. Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.