The Dow's Top 5 Laggards in March
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Caterpillar (CAT), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Alcoa (AA), Chevron (CVX) and United Technologies (UTX) were the worst-performing stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in March.
The Dow gained 1.79%, or 231.74 points, to 13,212.04 during the month.
Caterpillar shares fell 6.06% to $106.52 in March. The mining and construction equipment company said in an 8-K filing that its sales in North America, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific region increased in February but at a slower pace than they did the previous month.
Caterpillar has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 9.38 times; the average for commercial vehicle and truck companies is 20.58. For comparison, Deere (DE) has a higher forward P/E of 9.49..Nineteen of the 26 analysts who cover Caterpillar rated it buy; seven analysts gave the stock a hold rating. TheStreet Ratings gives Caterpillar an A grade with a buy rating and a $122.45 price target.
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