• 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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  • These Equipment Firms Look Ready To Fly

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, IR, TEX

    Equipment companies are often extremely cyclical and rely on annual spikes in initiatives such as construction and manufacturing. The firms in this post are all looking to recover from recent setbacks that have likely put share prices below value. But recent, and likely future, developments will allow these firms to realize each of their potentials. 

    Terex could finally catch a break

    Terex (NYSE: TEX) is just getting ready to show 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Dissecting WABCO's Returns

    By joshua kubiak - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, DDAIF.PK, WBC

    Shares of WABCO Holdings (NYSE: WBC) are up an impressive 21.97% YTD and now trade 64.7% above their 52-week low of $48.89 per share. A casual glance at the company's return on equity gives the impression that this move is justified, but what is really going on? Is management boosting returns by taking on more leverage or has the company been growing by becoming more efficient more »

  • Should You Buy This Rainy Day Stock Before Earnings?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: BGG, CMI, GNRC

    The sounds of a ripping good storm are music to the ears of Generac Holdings (NYSE: GNRC) shareholders. The power generator company has been reaching out to businesses with its free risk assessment program and scaring them silly with statistics on money lost per day without power, $125,000 for a retail store, $25,000 for a convenience store or gas station, $15,000 for a restaurant, $10,000 for more »

  • 3 Companies For Industrial-Sized Returns

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, FLS, TRN

    The global industrial machinery market will reach $514 billion by 2015, growing by 7.2% annually. The industry is showing signs of improvement with increasing economic activities, which in turn increase the demand for industrial equipment. However, the rising cost of raw materials and environmental regulations are a challenge for this industry. This article analyzes three industrial companies adopting different strategies like new products, entering into a joint venture, and more »

  • Companies for a Gasoline-Free World

    By Ryan Palmer - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, WPRT

    What are the main differences between a diesel engine and a gasoline one? Both are internal combustion engines, but the combustion occurs in different ways.

    In a gasoline engine, fuel is mixed with air, compressed by pistons, and then ignited via a spark plug. On the other hand a diesel engine compresses the air first, thereby heating it up, and then the fuel is injected. When fuel comes into contact more »

  • How to Profit From a Better World

    By Joshua Caldon - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, WFM

    I like to make money as much as anyone else. I have never been accused of being overly sentimental and appreciate the function of a competitive and minimally regulated market to weed out weak businesses and maximize efficiency. However, I also appreciate one of the ultimate goals of a market economy, and that is to improve overall conditions for society. As a result, I am innately drawn to invest in more »

  • Westport Innovations and Clean Energy Fuels Team up; Should You?

    By Scott Daily - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, WPRT

    Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) agreed to a deal and to join forces through a marketing campaign to help ignite the future of natural gas. On June 28 Westport Innovations agreed to buy two of Clean Energy Fuels subsidiaries, BAF Technologies and ServoTech Engineering, to enhance their powerful product and patent portfolio and tighten their ties with Ford.  Westport Innovations continues to be a buy more »

  • Generac Is the One to Watch Out For

    By usman iftikhar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BGG, CMI, GNRC

    Power outages are getting more common in US and Canada.

    The energy crisis has taken over the whole world and its adverse effects are encompassing the residential and commercial sectors alike. According to the estimates of U.S. Department of Energy, power cuts cost businesses an average $80 billion loss per year. This has opened the gates for standby energy source providers in the market to take advantage of this more »

  • Attractive Opportunities to Invest in On-Site Power Generation

    By Greg Williamson - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: CPST, CMI, GNRC

    Electricity is wonderful, very convenient, and critical in some cases. The human population expects to have power available constantly, and any disruption is simply not acceptable. Unfortunately, there is an ever-increasing threat of power outages due to the aging electric infrastructure, severe weather, and natural disasters.

    On-site power generation

    In order to ensure that power is available around the clock, consumers are more than willing to purchase on-site power generation more »

  • How to Play Natural Gas Vehicles

    By Piyush Arora - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, WM, WPRT

    It’s a well known fact that with the growing environmental concerns, the demand for clean energy is rising. In fact, the U.S government is promoting the use of clean energy, so that the crude surplus increases, leading to a rise in crude exports, which will eventually improve its trade deficit. Although Tesla Motors is doing a fine job in providing an emission free mode of travel, the truth more »

  • Speculating in the People's Republic of China

    By Ryan Palmer - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: CYD, CMI, XIN

    Those of us here at the Foolish Blogger network pride ourselves on being investors. We focus on facts, and long term results. We don't get swept up in the latest "hot" issue, and the thought of dancing in and out of the market for quick profits is not appetizing to us. I'm incredibly thankful to k be an investor. Executing dozens, if not hundreds, of trades each and more »

  • Gas Powered CMI

    By Joshua Caldon - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: BLDP, CMI, PLUG, RDS-A, TSLA, TM, WPRT

    Energy, politics, and security go hand and hand, and as Daniel Yergin deftly points out  in his book, "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power" oil has "meant mastery through the years" since the beginning of World War I.   Oil has been a key ingredient in the development of the industrialized world economy, but it has also been used as a weapon in the hands of dictatorial rulers more »

  • Will Natural Gas Become a Popular Fueling Option in the US?

    By Zain Abbas - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, WPRT

    When natural-gas spot prices crossed the $4 mark (per MMBtu), many people started to think that soon natural gas would reach a price level where it may not remain a cheap substitute to diesel (as transportation fuel) or coal (as feedstock). Their opinion was strengthened when US legislation passed a bill in which natural gas will be liquefied (essentially turned into LNG) and exported.

    However, natural-gas spot prices have recently more »

  • Which Names to Buy Amid an Improving Truck Market

    By Zain Abbas - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, NAV, PCAR

    The trucking industry has been in the news recently, especially after the market viewed some optimism in the last earnings season. Performance of this industry is important, as it is a leading indicator of the health of the economy. Recently, some numbers relevant to the trucking industry were released, which can help us understand the industry’s performance.

    Positive numbers

    ACT Research released NAFTA original equipment manufacturer (OEM) build and more »

  • Best Names to Buy in E&C and Machinery

    By Zain Abbas - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, MTZ, NAV

    I recently discussed how investors have been taking deep interest in the comparison between engineering and construction (E&C) companies and machinery manufacturers. In one of my previous posts, we also established that when compared on the scale of cyclical upside, valuations, margin improvement potential core growth and “self-help” potential, E&C proved to be a better industry in terms of investment prospects.

    However, that doesn’t mean that we more »

  • Which Machines Can Make You Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, DE

    Amidst a difficult macroeconomic climate, is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) still the right construction stock? How is Cummins (NYSE: CMI) able to withstand a decline in mining output? Should you invest money in farmland equipment instead, to reap the rewards of a bonus crop? In this article you will find the answers for these questions. 

    Recent events

    Caterpillar relies heavily on the growth prospects of China. For the last four months more »

  • Batten Down the Hatches for a Generac SWOT Analysis

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: BGG, CMI, GNRC

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active to very active Atlantic hurricane season for the six months starting June 1 with a 70% chance of 3 to 6 major hurricanes (winds above 111 mph), more than double the usual three major hurricanes.

    After Superstorm Sandy areas that never worried before about weather events are hyperaware. More people realize that areas far inland can be devastated by storm more »

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