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Is Caterpillar Inc.(NYSE: CAT), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/2/1962. Caterpillar Inc. is in the Farm & Construction Machinery industry and Industrial Goods sector. Average volume for Caterpillar Inc., is 5171.46, and so far today it has a volume of 2261176. Performance year to date since the 1/2/1962 is 21.12%.

To help you determine whether Caterpillar Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 38.1 and forward P/E is 22.65. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Caterpillar Inc. has a value for PEG of *TBA. P/S ratio is 1.06 and the P/B ratio is 2.96. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 7.85 and 49.24 respectively.

At the current price Caterpillar Inc. is trading at, 79.5 (-0.30% today), Caterpillar Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.86%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 142.10%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.09, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 0.14% after growing -40.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -77.30%, and -25.50% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 579.26, and the number of shares float is 579.26. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 70.20%. The float short is 7.03%, with the short ratio at a value of 7.88. Management has seen a return on assets of 1.60%, and also a return on investment of 4.80%.

The ability for Caterpillar Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.3, and quick ratio is 0.9. Long term debt/equity is 1.56 and total debt/equity is 2.45. In terms of margins, Caterpillar Inc. has a gross margin of 27.50%, with its operating margin at 5.10%, and Caterpillar Inc. has a profit margin of 2.90%.

The 52 week high is -0.90%, with 43.81% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 7.51% and the 200 day simple moving average is 14.11%.

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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