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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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