Caterpillar Investors Should Focus on This

Shares of Heavy Machinery company Caterpillar climbed 2.1% this afternoon. Here are some quick facts to get you started if you are interested in the stock:

  • Caterpillar has logged a 70.9% 52 week change, compared to 27.3% for the S&P 500

  • CAT has an average analyst rating of buy and is 17.1% away from its mean target price of $318.02 per share

  • Its trailing earnings per share (EPS) is $20.1, which brings its trailing Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio to 18.5. The Industrials sector's average P/E ratio is 22.19

  • The company's forward earnings per share (EPS) is $22.42 and its forward P/E ratio is 16.6

  • The company has a Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 9.54 in contrast to the Industrials sector's average P/B ratio is 4.06

  • The current ratio is currently 1.4, which consists in its liquid assets divided by any liabilities due within in the next 12 months

  • CAT has reported YOY quarterly earnings growth of 89.3% and gross profit margins of 0.3%

  • Caterpillar's revenues have an average growth rate of 4.3% with operating expenses growing at -32.6%. The company's current operating margins stand at 19.3%

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