Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: American Express (AXP) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 26.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,987 as of Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 296.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,069 issues advancing vs. 1,650 declining with 227 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is sporting a 72-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $88.62. Volume for American Express currently sits at 130,790 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.4 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $93.07 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 $1.35 decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $106.05. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.22 points or roughly accounting for 39.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 647,807 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $67.75 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 18.3% 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, 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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