Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 104 points (+0.6%) at 17,944 as of Friday, May 1, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 20.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,954 issues advancing vs. 724 declining with 246 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a $1.36 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $88.24. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.29 points or roughly accounting for 9.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 307,422 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $52.82 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.05 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $110.01. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 806,087 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.2 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $210.11 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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