Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Trade-Ideas LLC identified Caterpillar ( CAT) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Caterpillar as such a stock due to the following factors:
- CAT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $398.3 million.
- CAT traded 26,922 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:39 AM.
- CAT is up 2.1% today from yesterday's close.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get the inside scoop on opportunities in CAT with the Ticky from Trade-Ideas. See the FREE profile for CAT NOW at Trade-Ideas More details on CAT: Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.9%. CAT has a PE ratio of 15.8. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Caterpillar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold. The average volume for Caterpillar has been 5.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Caterpillar has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The stock has a beta of 1.76 and a short float of 3.7% with 4.56 days to cover. Shares are down 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more. TheStreetRatings.com Analysis: TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, 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. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 140.47% to $3,018.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CATERPILLAR INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 33.93%.
- Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 21.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 18.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, CATERPILLAR INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- CATERPILLAR INC's earnings per share declined by 42.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CATERPILLAR INC increased its bottom line by earning $8.49 versus $7.39 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 35.2% in earnings ($5.50 versus $8.49).
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