In early trading on Thursday, shares of Microsoft ( MSFT ) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 0.9%. Year to date, Microsoft registers a 22.0% gain.
And the worst performing Dow component thus far on the day is Caterpillar ( CAT ), trading down 1.1%. Caterpillar is lower by about 26.8% looking at the year to date performance.
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