In early trading on Thursday, shares of Caterpillar ( CAT ) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 0.5%. Year to date, Caterpillar registers a 6.9% gain.
And the worst performing Dow component thus far on the day is Microsoft ( MSFT ), trading down 1.6%. Microsoft is lower by about 6.3% looking at the year to date performance.
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