Caterpillar, Inc.

  • 4 Opportunities for Growth

    By Cody Terrill - August 24, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, COH, EW, IBM

    In a year where the entire market is up 15%, it is easy to feel like you missed the boat if your assets were tied up elsewhere. Lucky for you there are still opportunities. Buying into strong established companies during favorable opportunities is a winning strategy. These four companies have been hit hard recently but the sun hasn’t set on them yet. They are poised for a nice comeback more »

  • Don't Sell China Over Skyscraper Index

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, FXI

    It's time to be scared about China...again.

    Real estate developers in the Middle Kingdom have started construction on what's planned to be the world's tallest building. But, according a popular economic indicator called the Skyscraper Index, this development represents a screaming sell signal.

    So, should investors sell Chinese equities? No, don't rush for the exits over the Skyscraper Index.

    What is the Skyscraper Index?
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  • Here’s Why You Should Steer Clear of Heavy Machinery

    By Awais Malik - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, KMTUY

    China is continuing with its attempts to implement market-oriented reforms and counter-cyclical measures to stabilize growth when it slows. Last week, Beijing announced a “mini-stimulus” involving tax cuts for small companies, more investment in the country’s enormous railway system, and a support package to boost trade. Investment means construction, and construction spells good news for heavy-equipment makers. But while the country’s National Bureau of Statistics reported 5.5 more »

  • Are Huge Share Buybacks Enough to Lift These Struggling Stocks?

    By Bob Ciura - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, ISRG, POT

    When companies fall on hard times, investors often look for any reason for optimism they can find. Management teams, hoping to buoy investors’ spirits, often resort to share buybacks to boost morale and to build a floor underneath the stock price.

    That’s exactly the tactic being employed by these three companies, whose businesses have stagnated in recent months and taken their stock prices down in tandem.

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  • Manufacturing: Still Made in America

    By Kyle Colona - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, HOG, BA

    The manufacturing sector is a key factor in the U.S. economy -- rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturers account for about 12% of the gross domestic product.

    Manufacturing at a glance

    The association notes that manufacturers contributed $1.87 trillion to the U.S. economy last year. This is an increase from $1.73 trillion in 2011. NAM also more »

  • A Mining Name to Buy Despite Weak Mining Environment

    By Zain Abbas - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, JOY, TEX

    The recently held “Diversified Industrial Conference” brought with it different investing themes across the industrial sector. A whole day was dedicated to machinery players. Some focused on headwinds in Europe, while others cautioned on a strengthening dollar and its impact on their exports. Various point of views were heard from players of the same league. However, there was definitely a common theme found across the sector: a warning on the more »

  • Caterpillar's Earnings Say More Than You Think

    By Hunter Orr - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, JOY

    Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) posted earnings Wednesday July 24 and fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. The earnings statement along with the conference call were filled with cautious statements by management and pessimistic questions from analysts. Top line sales came in about 3% shy of what investors were looking for, and management guided down estimates for the full-year.

    The real story isn’t what happened, that’s old news. The more »

  • 3 Stocks To Own In Any Market

    By Chris Johnson - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, HD, MCD

    As the stock market exceeds it's all-time highs set just a couple months ago, many equities are at the forefront of a seemingly endless rally. For investors that have been lucky enough to participate in this rally, it's been a wonderful time full of green numbers and worry-less asset allocation, but like all good things, this rally must come to an end, and with much certainty, many investments more »

  • This Miner Is Worth a Second Look

    By Joshua Bondy - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, FCX, SCCO

    Mining is one of the most volatility businesses to be in. Commodity prices are not stable, while miners are forced to make huge fixed investments in mines and equipment. Recently, Southern Copper (NYSE: SCCO) has seen its stock price fall along with the price of copper. It looks like the market may have gotten ahead of itself, forgetting that the company has some of the best margins around. 

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  • Caterpillar: Buy Now or Wait Until Chinese Macro Fears Subside?

    By Jason Bond - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, JOY

    Caterpillar's (NYSE: CAT) stock has been a roller coaster ride. It rallied from the low $20's in the depth of the financial crisis to a high of $116. With China slowing, the stock has since retraced back to the $80's and is down 7% year to date. Should investors buy now or wait until the Chinese economy recovers?

    Fundamentals

    Caterpillar manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment more »

  • Three Contrarian Picks

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: IRE, CAT, HL

    With the market consistently hitting new all-time highs, the best companies in the market are starting to look overvalued when compared to historical valuations. That said, there are some companies that still look undervalued, however they are not currently in favor with the market and have become slightly contrarian in nature.

    So, here are three contrarian picks to help navigate the market in these uncertain times.

    An unloved miner

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  • Ben Graham's Seven Statistical Requirements

    By Ryan Palmer - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CAT, CVX

    Anyone who considers themselves a serious investor has no doubt heard of Ben Graham. A pedagogue to the world's greatest investor, his ideas are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago. If you want to be a successful investor in common stocks, Graham is the man to study.

    Graham classified investors as either defensive or enterprising. Enterprising investors are willing to devote countless hours to perfecting their more »

  • What Heavy Machine Stocks Are Best Bets

    By Zain Raza - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CNH, DE

    Weak investment sentiment in the industry has affected the demand for construction equipment. Deere & Company (NYSE: DE), Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) and CNH Global (NYSE: CNH) are combating lower demand cycles by boosting their agricultural equipment sales.

    In the following article, I aim to analyze how John Deere, banking on its strong agriculture equipment wing, is sustaining the lows in this dynamic industry.

    Recent events

    John Deere has performed pretty well more »

  • Caterpillar Is Going Down, But It's Not Alone

    By Ash Sharma - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, JOY, TEX

    A few days back, at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference, legendary short seller Jim Chanos said that shorting Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) was his best investment idea of 2013. His short thesis was based on the fact that the company is facing “commodities super-cycle headwinds.”

    Caterpillar's recent results proved that Jim Chanos was right. The company lowered its global growth outlook. Sales declined across all equipment segments with more »

  • Is This Cat About to Pounce Back?

    By Lior Cohen - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, DE

    During 2013, shares of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) have declined by nearly 8.5%. The company’s poor performance in the stock market is partly stemmed from its decline in profitability and drop in revenue. Moreover, last year’s acquisition of Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (‘Siwei’), a producing mining roof support equipment company, for $653 didn’t go well. The deal later resulted in a goodwill write down of more »

  • Is China About to Hit the Great Wall?

    By Lior Cohen - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, SBUX, YUM

    The roaring economic growth of China has slowed down in recent years.China is facing several economic problems that might even further curb this country’s progress. If China’s economy comes to a halt, how will it affect leading American companies that operate there? Let’s take a look at three companies that could be affected by China’s potential economic deceleration.  

    Is China’s consumption too low?

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  • Equipping Growth: Agricultural and Construction Mammoths

    By Vanina Egea - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CNH, DE

    Since a very early age, combines and tractors surrounded my life. My dad is a farming contractor; grandpa was too. That is how I came to meet Deere (NYSE: DE), Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), and CNH (NYSE: CNH), or at least their predecessors. The introduction of the RR soybean, and no-till farming drove the demand for agricultural products the last decade. Mining on the other hand, continues to depend only from more »

  • Caterpillar Warrants Some Caution

    By Jacob Steinberg - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, IAG

    Just a couple years ago, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) was one of my favorite stocks. The Chinese economy was booming and there was so much demand for all kinds of materials (including but not limited to the precious metals like gold and silver), which fueled strong results for the company. Then things came to a halt as some materials lost value and the Chinese economy came to a slowdown. On Wednesday more »

  • The Way to Profit From Infrastructure Spending

    By Matthew Frankel - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, DE

    Between the steadily improving U.S. economy and increased demand from emerging markets, there should be a rise in infrastructure and construction spending in the years ahead. There are several ways to play this trend, such as materials companies, homebuilders, construction retailers, etc., but my favorite way is through heavy machinery manufacturers such as Cummins (NYSE: CMI). With the company set to report its second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July more »

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Low P/E Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CAT, XOM, WMT

    In May, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust filed its 13F with the SEC for the first quarter of 2013, disclosing many of its long equity positions as of the end of March. At Insider Monkey, we track 13Fs from hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, using the included information to help us develop investment strategies (we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap more »

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