Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 23.0 points (-0.1%) at 17,743 as of Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 359.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,166 issues advancing vs. 1,506 declining with 282 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a $1.12 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $87.27. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 204,631 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $51.95 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

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.

Holding back the Dow today is International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.09 decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $164.25. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.25 points or roughly accounting for 35.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines currently sits at 283,212 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $164.84 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 3% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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