NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today's pre-earnings stock profiles include two Dow components led by Caterpillar
(CAT - Get Report), whose stock is up 21% year to date, and 3M
(MMM), which is up 3.5%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 3.2%.
There are two U.S. auto stocks on today's list -- Ford Motor
(F) is up 16% year to date, and General Motors
(GM - Get Report), with all of its recalls, is down 7.6%.
Three homebuilders have three different performance statistics: D.R. Horton
(DHI) is up 8.9% year to date, while Meritage Homes
(MTH) is down 11%, and Pulte Group
(PHM) is down 4.5%. All three are components of the housing market index, which is down 1.2% year to date.
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Let's take a look at the stock profiles. Two "crunching the numbers" tables follow. All seven companies are scheduled to report their quarterly financial results before the opening bell on Thursday.
Caterpillar ($110.06) set a 52-week intraday high at $111.46 on July 16, and is above all five moving averages in today's first table.
Analysts expect the company to report earnings per share of $1.50. The company's 12-month trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 18.1, and its dividend yield is 2.5%.
The weekly chart is positive but overbought its five-week modified moving average at $108.56. Quarterly and annual value levels are $102.07 and $95.20, respectively, with monthly and semiannual risky levels at $115.01 and $120.38, respectively.