In the same period a year ago, the company posted earnings of $2.82 a share on sales of $12.9 billion.
The stock has risen 14.5% since the company last reported earnings on Jan. 28.
Quarterly estimates have fallen less than 1 cent a share in the past month.
Caterpillar is currently trading at a price-to-forward-earnings ratio of 11.5 based on the 12-month estimates of 26 analysts surveyed by FactSet.
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