Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 48.0 points (-0.3%) at 16,159 as of Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 37.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 380.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,163 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 279 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a $1.98 gain (+2.5%) bringing the stock to $79.85. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $109.48 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $96.32. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.57 points or roughly accounting for 15.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 182,345 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $63.14 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of Monday'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.

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