Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 26 points (+0.2%) at 16,947. During the day, 456.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 333.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,759 issues advancing vs. 1,310 declining with 123 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which sported a $2.17 gain (+2%) bringing the stock to $109.42. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.42 points or roughly accounting for 63.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 5.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.5 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $67.23 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of Thursday'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.

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.

Holding the Dow back today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 95-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $82.82. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 10.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $144.75 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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