Caterpillar Inc

(

CAT

) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.1%. By the end of trading, Caterpillar Inc fell $2.23 (-2.5%) to $87.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.6 million shares of Caterpillar Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.43-$89.60 after having opened the day at $89.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.99. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were:

Twin Disc Inc

(

TWIN

), down 11.2%,

Broadwind Energy Inc

(

BWEN

), down 9.9%,

Baldwin Technology Company Inc

(

BLD

), down 9.3%, and

Taylor Devices Inc

(

TAYD

), down 8.9%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. It operates through three lines of businesses: Machinery, Engines, and Financial Products. Caterpillar Inc has a market cap of $58.92 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial industry could consider

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

DIA

) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider

ProShares UltraShort Industrials

(

SIJ

).

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