Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Jefferies Group in a report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $72.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group’s target price would indicate a potential downside of 13.74% from the company’s current price.

Several other analysts have also commented on the stock. Axiom Securities reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a research report on Tuesday, August 30th. Citigroup Inc. set a $82.00 target price on shares of Caterpillar and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 target price on shares of Caterpillar in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Deutsche Bank AG started coverage on shares of Caterpillar in a research report on Tuesday, September 6th. They set a “buy” rating and a $72.56 target price on the stock. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 target price on shares of Caterpillar in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $72.24.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) opened at 83.47 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $48.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 55.65 and a beta of 1.64. Caterpillar has a 1-year low of $56.36 and a 1-year high of $84.73. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $82.66 and a 200 day moving average of $77.52.

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Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.13. The business had revenue of $10.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.06 billion. Caterpillar had a net margin of 2.64% and a return on equity of 12.37%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 16.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.27 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Caterpillar will post $3.50 EPS for the current year.

In other Caterpillar news, insider Bradley M. Halverson sold 2,841 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.73, for a total transaction of $235,035.93. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 20,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,673,793.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Dennis A. Muilenburg bought 1,930 shares of Caterpillar stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $82.75 per share, with a total value of $159,707.50. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 9,558 shares in the company, valued at $790,924.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.15% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. raised its position in Caterpillar by 1.9% in the second quarter. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. now owns 1,325 shares of the company’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 25 shares during the last quarter. Kelly Lawrence W & Associates Inc. CA raised its position in Caterpillar by 15.4% in the first quarter. Kelly Lawrence W & Associates Inc. CA now owns 1,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC raised its position in Caterpillar by 266.3% in the second quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 1,513 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the last quarter. CapWealth Advisors LLC raised its position in Caterpillar by 6.3% in the second quarter. CapWealth Advisors LLC now owns 1,685 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Archford Capital Strategies LLC raised its position in Caterpillar by 1,424.3% in the second quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 1,692 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 1,581 shares during the last quarter. 69.03% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Caterpillar Company Profile

Caterpillar Inc is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The Company operates through its three product segments: Resource Industries, Construction Industries, and Energy & Transportation. It also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

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