Dow Jones Stocks Up in a Flat Market: Caterpillar, IBM, 3M

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA) closed down 0.18% at 12,734. The large stocks below are among the positive performers today.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) is one of those companies that gives people a glimpse into the health of the world economy. Its Q4 report sees world GNP increasing 3.3% in 2012, oil at $100 a barrel and $4 a pound. Caterpillar also sees a rebound in U.S. construction. A solid Q4 report that beat estimates has Caterpillar up. CAT shares recently traded at $111.31, up $2.26, or 2.07%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $67.54 to $116.55. Volume today was 18,521,344 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 7,970,340 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 17.01, while trailing earnings are $6.54 per share.

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International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) was up at the beginning of trading, but SanDisk was bringing the entire sector down. IBM shares recently traded at $190.98, down $0.75, or 0.39%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $151.71 to $194.90. Volume today was 4,004,615 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 5,098,060 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.62, while trailing earnings are $13.06 per share.

3M Company (NYSE:MMM): Earnings and guidance for 2012 are both positive in 3M’s latest report. MMM shares recently traded at $87.58, up $1.1, or 1.27%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $68.63 to $98.19. Volume today was 4,898,806 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 4,068,380 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.90, while trailing earnings are $5.88 per share.

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