Caterpillar Inc (CAT): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

The industrial goods sector closed the day up 2.2%. Ener1 Inc ( HEV), SmartHeat Inc ( HEAT), Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), and Ecotality Inc ( ECTY) were all winners today within the industrial goods sector with Caterpillar Inc ( CAT) being today's featured industrial goods winner. Caterpillar Inc rose $1.74 (2.4%) to $74.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.1 million shares of Caterpillar Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares.

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 $45.6 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.7% 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Energy Focus Inc ( EFOI), Bonso Electronics International Inc ( BNSO), Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp ( APWC), and Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp ( AWRCF) were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Foster Wheeler ( FWLT) being today's industrial goods sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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