Dow component and really-cool-truck maker Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Report reported third-quarter earnings of 62 cents a share this morning, beating the Street estimate by 4 cents.

Big Cat reported record revenues of $378 million for the quarter, an increase of 25% from the year-ago quarter. It said it also expects full-year 2000 revenues to exceed last year's results and 2001 to better this year's numbers.

The 16 analysts who cover the company expected it to report earnings of 58 cents a share, according to

First Call/Thomson Financial

.