Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 26 points (+0.2%) at 16,945 as of Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014, 10:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 54.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 303.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,131 issues advancing vs. 1,711 declining with 219 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a 78-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $108.08. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.9 points or roughly accounting for 22.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 1.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $67.17 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 18.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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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