Caterpillar Inc (CAT): Today's Featured Industrial Loser

Caterpillar ( CAT) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Caterpillar fell $4.96 (-4.6%) to $103.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15.8 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $102.30-$107.11 after having opened the day at $106.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.40. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Ceradyne ( CRDN), down 9%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 6.3%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 4.7%, and ABB ( ABB), down 4.3%.

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 $69.22 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18% 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, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 46.7%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 27%, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), up 11.4%, and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 11%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Timken Company ( TKR) being today's featured industrial industry winner.

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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