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 down 58.0 points (-0.3%) at 18,104 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 361.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 1,796 declining with 284 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 22-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $29.53. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.1 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $147.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5.4% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. 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 an 88-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $87.04. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.66 points or roughly accounting for 11.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 171,107 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.03 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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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