NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Report stock is down by 1.52% to $58.26 in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results. 

The manufacturer of construction and mining equipment will report its fourth quarter earnings results before the market open on Thursday. 

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are expecting the company to report earnings of 69 cents per share on revenue of $11.42 billion.

Caterpillar reported earnings of $1.35 per share on revenue of $14.24 billion during the year-ago period. 

The company's machine retail sales fell 16% worldwide in December, driven by a 38% decline in Latin America and a 21% decline in Asia/Pacific. Caterpillar stock has dropped more than 26% in the last year. 

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

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TheStreet Ratings rates this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CAT

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