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Caterpillar (CAT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

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Caterpillar (CAT - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $117.97, moving -1.9% from the previous trading session. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 1.56%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 1.19%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 1.67%.

Heading into today, shares of the construction equipment company had lost 5.5% over the past month, lagging the Industrial Products sector's loss of 1.34% and the S&P 500's loss of 1.22% in that time.

CAT will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be October 23, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $2.89, up 1.05% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $13.53 billion, up 0.16% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $11.65 per share and revenue of $55.90 billion. These totals would mark changes of +3.83% and +2.15%, respectively, from last year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for CAT. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.45% lower. CAT is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Investors should also note CAT's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 10.32. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 10.

Also, we should mention that CAT has a PEG ratio of 0.86. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Manufacturing - Construction and Mining was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.03 at yesterday's closing price.

The Manufacturing - Construction and Mining industry is part of the Industrial Products sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 106, putting it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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