Stifel Nicolaus Reiterated Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) As 'Hold'

Stifel Nicolaus Reiterated Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) As 'Hold'

If you look at the company's income statement over the past years, you will see that the company is constantly posting gross profit: In 2014, CAT earned gross profit of 14.47 Billion, in 2015 13.47 Billion gross profit, while in 2016 Caterpillar Inc. William Blair also issued estimates for Caterpillar's FY2017 earnings at $4.00 EPS.

Comparatively, Caterpillar Inc. posted earnings of $0.97 per share in the same quarter previous year. The industrial products company reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.66.

The company's expected revenue in the current quarter to be 9.27 Billion, seeing a projected current quarter growth of -7.5%, and per annum growth estimates over the next 5 year period of around 26.17%. The Return on Equity (ROE) and Return on Investment values are -0.4 percent and 0.6 percent respectively. Equities research analysts anticipate that Caterpillar will post $3.26 earnings per share for the current year. During the same quarter previous year, the firm posted $0.67 earnings per share.

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Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company.

Raymond James Financial today set a target price of 55 on the company's stock. Evercore ISI upgraded shares of Caterpillar from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, February 10th.

Over the last twelve months Caterpillar Inc.'s stock price has increased by 36.32% from 75.08 to 102.35.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 12th.

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Price Target is basically a projection of future price of a company's stock by the expert analysis of investment analysts or investment firms. (NYSE:CAT) opened at 104.66 on Thursday. The stock stands almost -0.22% off versus the 52-week high and 56.98% away from the 52-week low.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) has a 50 day moving average of 94.54 and a 200 day moving average of 93.26.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) has a market capitalization of 54.12 Billion. Caterpillar also was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Investors purchased 8,585 put options on the company. Patten Group Inc. increased its stake in Caterpillar by 0.4% in the third quarter. The company now has an average volume of 5.58 Million.

On 6/8/2016 Caterpillar announced a quarterly dividend of $0.77 3.99% with an ex dividend date of 7/18/2016 which will be payable on 8/20/2016. FMR LLC now owns 15,763,049 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $1,461,865,000 after buying an additional 3,228,098 shares during the last quarter. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC boosted its stake in Caterpillar by 0.4% in the fourth quarter.

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In other news, insider Lange Bob De purchased 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 21st. Capital World Investors now owns 18,220,351 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $1,617,421,000 after buying an additional 2,546,164 shares during the last quarter. Financial Architects Inc increased its stake in Caterpillar by 5.7% in the first quarter. Integrated Wealth Management now owns 1,246 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $111,000 after buying an additional 320 shares in the last quarter. Also, Director Daniel M. Dickinson sold 3,884 shares of the business's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 14th. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. The stock was bought at an average cost of $99.32 per share, with a total value of $99,320.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now directly owns 10,230 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,016,043.60. The Stock is showing a P/E ratio of 0 and Forward P/E ratio of 23.15. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.77 per share. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.22%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 20th.

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