News that Apple would start paying a dividend and do a large share-buyback program to return part of its nearly $100 billion cash hoard to investors helped pull the stock market up slightly today. But even given that, the sheer magnitude of the market's run upward lately kept gains muted. As of around 1:45 p.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials
Among Dow stocks, Caterpillar
Staying on track
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