Caterpillar Inc. (CAT): Skating on Thin Ice? We Know the Answer

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Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) went down by -0.42% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $226.67. The company’s stock price has collected -3.40% of loss in the last five trading sessions. reported 5 hours ago that Caterpillar Inc. stock outperforms competitors despite losses on the day

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Is It Worth Investing in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE :CAT) Right Now?

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 40.43 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for CAT is at 0.98. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 9 analysts out of 24 who provided ratings for Caterpillar Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 2 rated the stock as “overweight,” 10 rated it as “hold,” and 2 as “sell.”

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The average price from analysts is $214.20, which is -$12.66 below the current price. CAT currently public float of 542.24M and currently shorts hold a 0.98% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of CAT was 3.11M shares.

CAT’s Market Performance

CAT stocks went down by -3.40% for the week, with a monthly jump of 16.34% and a quarterly performance of 23.80%, while its annual performance rate touched 72.79%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 2.30% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 2.41% for Caterpillar Inc.. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 4.68% for CAT stocks with a simple moving average of 35.56% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of CAT

Wells Fargo gave a rating of “Overweight” to CAT, setting the target price at $220 in the report published on October 16th of the previous year.

CAT Trading at 10.75% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought CAT to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -5.19% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.41%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.30%, as shares surge +11.64% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +19.95% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, CAT fell by -3.40%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +99.14% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $206.42. In addition, Caterpillar Inc. saw 18.07% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at CAT starting from Marvel Gary Michael, who sale 4,018 shares at the price of $190.76 back on Feb 02. After this action, Marvel Gary Michael now owns 0 shares of Caterpillar Inc., valued at $766,474 using the latest closing price.

Marvel Gary Michael, the Chief Accounting Officer of Caterpillar Inc., sale 2,318 shares at $179.50 during a trade that took place back on Dec 04, which means that Marvel Gary Michael is holding 0 shares at $416,081 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for CAT

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +11.93 for the present operating margin
  • +27.39 for the gross margin

The net margin for Caterpillar Inc. stands at +7.18. The total capital return value is set at 9.39, while invested capital returns managed to touch 7.21. Equity return is now at value 20.60, with 3.90 for asset returns.

Based on Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), the company’s capital structure generated 246.45 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 71.14. Total debt to assets is 48.24, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 172.57. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 49.81.

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When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 3.07, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.29. The receivables turnover for the company is 2.41 and the total asset turnover is 0.53. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.53.

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