Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 35.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,663 as of Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 361.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,249 issues advancing vs. 1,422 declining with 269 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $76.16. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 142,677 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $243.75 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.14 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $102.46. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.63 points or roughly accounting for 24.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 160,131 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $64.37 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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