Caterpillar

(

CAT

) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Caterpillar rose 98 cents (1.1%) to $92.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.86-$92.79 after having opened the day at $90.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.49. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were:

Wowjoint Holdings

(

BWOW

), up 24.8%,

NF Energy Saving

(

NFEC

), up 10.8%,

China BAK Battery

(

CBAK

), up 8.9%, and

A123 Systems

(

AONE

), up 8.2%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. Caterpillar has a market cap of $60.02 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Caterpillar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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, 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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