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

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Caterpillar ( CAT) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Caterpillar fell $1.09 (-1.2%) to $88.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.44-$89.40 after having opened the day at $89.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.36. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: WSI Industries ( WSCI), down 20.9%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 16.7%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), down 13.1%, and China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 9.2%.
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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 $58.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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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