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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Caterpillar Inc., CAT

Caterpillar Inc., CAT is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Farm & Construction Machinery in the sector of Industrial Goods. Based in USA, Caterpillar Inc., CAT  has a market cap of 44797.23. Since its IPO date on the 1/2/1962, Caterpillar Inc., CAT performance year to date is 16.40%. Today Caterpillar Inc., CAT has gained 3.09%, with a current price of 77.37.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 70.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 142.10%. Return of assets are at 1.60%, with return on investment at 4.80%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Caterpillar Inc., CAT is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.56. While Total debt/equity is 2.45. With a profit margin of 2.90%, this is combined with a gross margin of 27.50%, and operating margin of 5.10%. Caterpillar Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.3, while the quick ratio is 0.9.

For the last year Caterpillar Inc., CAT has seen a EPS growth of -40.50%. A performance for the year of -1.18%. The 52-week high is -5.78%, and the 52-week low is 38.62%. The average volume for Caterpillar Inc., CAT is 5475734.

With a target price of 68.65, can Caterpillar Inc., CAT reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Caterpillar Inc., CAT. Caterpillar Inc. has a P/E of 36.97 and a forward P/E of 21.73. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of *TBA. Caterpillar Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.02 and 2.88 respectively. For P/cash, Caterpillar Inc. has a value of 7.61, while it is 47.76 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 77.37, Caterpillar Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.98%. We see a return on equity of 8.00%.

Looking more long-term Caterpillar Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of -1.18%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 0.74% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -40.50% for this year and for the last five years a -3.40% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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