Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up three points at 17,034 as of Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,092 issues advancing vs. 1,565 declining with 271 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 13-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $25.19. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.98 points or roughly accounting for 32.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 25 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $128.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 66-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $104.20. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 272,646 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $65.94 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

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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