Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 33.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,810 as of Thursday, Jun 12, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 11.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 348 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 936 issues advancing vs. 1,734 declining with 211 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is sporting a 96-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $102.91. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 799,330 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.1 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $437.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 an 82-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $107.87. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 18.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 127,694 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.8 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $68.37 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 19.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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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