Caterpillar Inc (CAT): Today's Featured Conglomerates Winner

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Caterpillar ( CAT) pushed the Conglomerates sector higher today making it today's featured conglomerates winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Caterpillar rose $2.30 (2.6%) to $92.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $90.06-$92.36 after having opened the day at $90.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.95. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 3% and New Mountain Finance ( NMFC), up 1.6%.
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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 $58.4 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Caterpillar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the conglomerates sector could consider SPDR Trust Series one ( SPY) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider ProShares Short S&P 500 ( SH).

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