Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 2.0 points at 18,250 as of Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 31.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 365.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,130 issues advancing vs. 1,577 declining with 240 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Visa (NYSE: V), which is sporting a 56-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $70.56. Volume for Visa currently sits at 974,557 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.6 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $134.38 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 73-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $88.01. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.52 points or roughly accounting for 276% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 313,459 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.39 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 3.7% 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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