Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 25 points (+0.1%) at 17,156. During the day, 319.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 293.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,585 issues advancing vs. 1,500 declining with 127 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a 95-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $91.22. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.19 points or roughly accounting for 28.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at seven million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.6 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $120.3 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 85-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $104.01. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 4.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $65.84 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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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