Equities analysts expect that Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) will post $1.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Five analysts have issued estimates for Caterpillar’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.07 and the highest is $1.27. Caterpillar posted earnings per share of $0.85 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 40%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Caterpillar will report full-year earnings of $5.22 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.99 to $5.50. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $6.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.75 to $7.25. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for Caterpillar.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The industrial products company reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.26 by $0.23. Caterpillar had a return on equity of 18.52% and a net margin of 0.27%. The company had revenue of $11.33 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.96 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.09 EPS. Caterpillar’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.6% on a year-over-year basis.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 price target on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Vetr lowered Caterpillar from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $86.90 price target for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Bank of America Corporation set a $120.00 price target on Caterpillar and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and set a $125.00 price target on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $110.00 target price on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $107.15.

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Caterpillar (CAT) opened at 114.12 on Thursday. Caterpillar has a one year low of $79.93 and a one year high of $115.46. The stock has a market capitalization of $67.44 billion, a PE ratio of 637.54 and a beta of 1.25. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $110.60 and its 200-day moving average price is $101.57.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, August 19th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, July 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.78 per share. This represents a $3.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 18th. This is an increase from Caterpillar’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.77. Caterpillar’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 2,080.00%.

In other Caterpillar news, insider Bradley M. Halverson sold 182,612 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.05, for a total transaction of $20,826,898.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Suzette M. Long sold 13,859 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.30, for a total value of $1,584,083.70. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 18,188 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,078,888.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 201,471 shares of company stock worth $22,979,332. 0.15% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Baker Ellis Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Caterpillar during the second quarter valued at about $104,000. Motco increased its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 264.9% in the second quarter. Motco now owns 989 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 718 shares during the period. Acrospire Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 900.0% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 900 shares during the period. Howe & Rusling Inc. increased its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 52.0% in the first quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 1,087 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 372 shares during the period. Finally, Reilly Financial Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 92.9% in the second quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 1,111 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 535 shares during the period. 70.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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