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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 5269.36, and so far today it has a volume of 6400. Performance year to date since the 1/2/1962 is 20.05%.

To help you determine whether Caterpillar Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 38.13 and forward P/E is 22.49. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Caterpillar Inc. has a value for PEG of *TBA. P/S ratio is 1.03 and the P/B ratio is 2.97. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 7.68 and 48.18 respectively.

At the current price Caterpillar Inc. is trading at, 79.95 (0.19% 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 0.48% 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 566.38, and the number of shares float is 566.38. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 70.20%. The float short is 7.65%, with the short ratio at a value of 8.22. 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 -2.63%, with 43.24% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 7.86% and the 200 day simple moving average is 14.38%.

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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