Caterpillar Company Profile (NYSE:CAT)

About Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

Caterpillar logoCaterpillar 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 segments, including Construction Industries, which is engaged in supporting customers using machinery in infrastructure, forestry and building construction; Resource Industries, which is engaged in supporting customers using machinery in mining, quarry, waste and material handling applications; Energy & Transportation, which supports customers in oil and gas, power generation, marine, rail and industrial applications, including Cat machines; Financial Products segment, which provides financing and related services, and All Other operating segments, which includes activities, such as product management and development, and manufacturing of filters and fluids, undercarriage, tires and rims, ground engaging tools, fluid transfer products, and sealing and connecting components for Cat products.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Industrial Products
  • Industry: Farm & Construction Machinery
  • Sub-Industry: Construction & Farm Machinery & Heavy Trucks
  • Symbol: NYSE:CAT
  • CUSIP: 14912310
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $62.24 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 589,090,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $99.67
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $95.68
  • 52 Week Range: $70.53 - $105.98
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: N/A
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.40
  • P/E Growth: 0.82
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $38.9 billion
  • Price / Sales: 1.60
  • Book Value: $23.07 per share
  • Price / Book: 4.58
  • Annual Dividend: $3.08
  • Dividend Yield: 3.0%
  • EBIDTA: $5.4 billion
  • Net Margins: -0.17%
  • Return on Equity: 13.44%
  • Return on Assets: 2.62%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.73%
  • Current Ratio: 1.22%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.89%
  • Average Volume: 5.62 million shs.
  • Beta: 1.26
  • Short Ratio: 4.88

Frequently Asked Questions for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

What is Caterpillar's stock symbol?

Caterpillar trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "CAT."

How often does Caterpillar pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Caterpillar?

Caterpillar declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 12th. Investors of record on Monday, April 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.77 per share on Saturday, May 20th. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.92%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 20th. View Caterpillar's Dividend History.

How were Caterpillar's earnings last quarter?

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April, 25th. The company reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.62 by $0.66. The business earned $9.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $9.27 billion. Caterpillar had a negative net margin of 0.17% and a positive return on equity of 13.44%. The company's revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.67 EPS. View Caterpillar's Earnings History.

When will Caterpillar make its next earnings announcement?

Caterpillar is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, July, 25th 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Caterpillar.

What guidance has Caterpillar issued on next quarter's earnings?

Caterpillar issued an update on its FY17 earnings guidance on Tuesday, April, 25th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of approx $3.75 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $3.26. The company issued revenue guidance of $38-41 billion (Prior $36-39 billion), compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $38.24 billion.

Where is Caterpillar's stock going? Where will Caterpillar's stock price be in 2017?

22 equities research analysts have issued 12 month price targets for Caterpillar's shares. Their forecasts range from $31.00 to $120.00. On average, they anticipate Caterpillar's stock price to reach $93.06 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Caterpillar.

What are analysts saying about Caterpillar stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Caterpillar stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Caterpillar's estimates have gone up ahead of its first quarter earnings release. Notably, the company has a positive record of earnings surprises in the last few quarters. Caterpillar reported a 1% drop in February sales, its narrowest decline since Dec 2012, which is a positive sign. In construction, Asia Pacific is showing promise while leading indicators of U.S. non-residential construction signal robust conditions ahead. Caterpillar expects earnings per share of $2.90 and revenues in the range of $36-$39 billion in 2017. Caterpillar continues to cut down costs to counter weak demand. In line with this, Caterpillar recently announced that it will close its Aurora plant and shift production to other sites. Also, Caterpillar will gain immensely from Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure spend plan. In the past one year, the Caterpillar stock has thus outperformed the Zacks sub industry year-to-date." (4/10/2017)
  • 2. Jefferies Group LLC analysts commented, "Cost cuts continue to benefit margins despite ongoing market weakness. 4Q16 earnings, ex. adjustments, were better than expected on favorable decremental margins in Construction and E&T versus modeled expectations. With FX remaining a headwind CAT lowered the mid-point of the 2017 revenue guide to $37.5bln (prior: ~$38bln) resulting in EPS of $2.90 (Consensus: $3.06). Shares continue to trade above 30x earnings, a premium to prior cycles." (1/27/2017)

Who are some of Caterpillar's key competitors?

Who are Caterpillar's key executives?

Caterpillar's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Douglas R. Oberhelman, Chairman of the Board
  • Donald James Umpleby III, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Bradley M. Halverson, Group President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Robert B. Charter, Group President
  • Bob De Lange, Group President
  • Denise C. Johnson, Group President
  • Thomas A. Pellette, Group President
  • Jananne A. Copeland, Chief Accounting Officer
  • Kyle Epley, Corporate Controller
  • David L. Calhoun, Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Who owns Caterpillar stock?

Caterpillar's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include State Street Corp (8.90%), Vanguard Group Inc. (6.59%), State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. (3.57%), FMR LLC (2.98%), Wellington Management Group LLP (2.51%) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust (1.91%). Company insiders that own Caterpillar stock include Bradley M Halverson, Daniel M Dickinson, David L Calhoun, Denise C Johnson, Dennis A Muilenburg and Lange Bob De. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Caterpillar.

Who sold Caterpillar stock? Who is selling Caterpillar stock?

Caterpillar's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Harris Associates L P, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, State Street Corp, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc., APG Asset Management N.V., Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC, PGGM Investments and FIL Ltd. Company insiders that have sold Caterpillar stock in the last year include Bradley M Halverson and Daniel M Dickinson. View Insider Buying and Selling for Caterpillar.

Who bought Caterpillar stock? Who is buying Caterpillar stock?

Caterpillar's stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including FMR LLC, Renaissance Technologies LLC, Morgan Stanley, Vanguard Group Inc., Cibc World Markets Corp, Primecap Management Co. CA, MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd and Marshall Wace North America L.P.. Company insiders that have bought Caterpillar stock in the last two years include David L Calhoun, Denise C Johnson, Dennis A Muilenburg and Lange Bob De. View Insider Buying and Selling for Caterpillar.

How do I buy Caterpillar stock?

Shares of Caterpillar can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Caterpillar's stock price today?

One share of Caterpillar stock can currently be purchased for approximately $105.66.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Caterpillar (NYSE CAT)
Community Ranking:  2.1 out of 5 ( )
Outperform Votes:  552 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  732 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,284
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Sell Ratings, 10 Hold Ratings, 9 Buy Ratings, 1 Strong Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.41)
Consensus Price Target: $93.06 (11.92% downside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
5/25/2017Bank of America CorpReiterated RatingBuy$120.00LowView Rating Details
5/15/2017Axiom SecuritiesReiterated RatingSellN/AView Rating Details
4/29/2017Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingBuy$105.00 -> $118.00LowView Rating Details
4/27/2017Raymond James Financial, Inc.UpgradeBuy$55.00LowView Rating Details
4/26/2017Royal Bank of CanadaReiterated RatingHold$101.00LowView Rating Details
4/26/2017Stifel NicolausLower Price TargetHold$111.00 -> $95.00LowView Rating Details
4/12/2017Robert W. BairdSet Price TargetHold$97.00 -> $102.00LowView Rating Details
4/4/2017Goldman Sachs Group IncUpgradeBuy -> Conviction-Buy$120.00MediumView Rating Details
3/20/2017Credit Suisse Group AGSet Price TargetBuy$111.00LowView Rating Details
3/16/2017Tigress FinancialUpgradeUnderperform -> NeutralLowView Rating Details
3/3/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingHold$85.00N/AView Rating Details
2/16/2017Evercore ISIUpgradeHold -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
2/7/2017Barclays PLCUpgradeEqual Weight -> Overweight$100.00 -> $110.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Wells Fargo & CoUpgradeMarket Perform -> Outperform$118.00N/AView Rating Details
1/26/2017Standpoint ResearchDowngradeHold -> SellN/AView Rating Details
1/25/2017Longbow ResearchReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
1/10/2017CLSAReiterated RatingOutperformN/AView Rating Details
12/20/2016OTR GlobalUpgradePositiveN/AView Rating Details
12/5/2016JPMorgan Chase & Co.Boost Price TargetNeutral$78.00 -> $89.00N/AView Rating Details
10/26/2016Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingEqual Weight$80.00N/AView Rating Details
8/16/2016Citigroup IncSet Price TargetHold$82.00N/AView Rating Details
8/8/2016BMO Capital MarketsReiterated RatingMarket Perform$72.00N/AView Rating Details
4/26/2016ArgusUpgradeHold -> Buy$92.00N/AView Rating Details
4/15/2016Vertical GroupUpgradeBuyN/AView Rating Details
4/15/2016Vertical ResearchUpgradeHold -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
4/10/2016MacquarieReiterated RatingSell$51.00N/AView Rating Details
2/20/2016William BlairReiterated RatingHold$60.00N/AView Rating Details
11/23/2015Societe GeneraleBoost Price TargetBuy$81.00 -> $82.00N/AView Rating Details
10/23/2015S&P Equity ResearchDowngradeSell$72.00 -> $64.00N/AView Rating Details
10/23/2015Susquehanna Bancshares IncLower Price TargetNeutral$81.00 -> $71.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 5/29/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Earnings by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Earnings History by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
4/25/2017Q1 2017$0.62$1.28$9.27 billion$9.82 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/26/2017Q416$0.66$0.83$9.87 billion$9.57 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/25/2016Q316$0.75$0.85$9.91 billion$9.16 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/26/2016Q216$0.96$1.09$10.06 billion$10.34 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/22/2016Q116$0.68$0.67$9.59 billion$9.46 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/28/2016Q415$0.69$0.74$11.47 billion$11.00 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/22/2015Q315$0.78$0.75$11.16 billion$11.00 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/23/2015Q215$1.27$1.27$12.67 billion$12.30 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/23/2015Q115$1.35$1.86$12.48 billion$12.70 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/27/2015Q414$1.55$1.35$14.18 billion$14.24 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/23/2014Q314$1.33$1.72$13.19 billion$13.55 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/24/2014Q214$1.51$1.69$14.46 billion$14.15 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/24/2014Q114$1.25$1.61$13.14 billion$13.24 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/27/2014Q413$1.28$1.54$13.64 billion$13.61 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/23/2013Q313$1.71$1.45$14.49 billion$13.42 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/24/2013Q2 2013$1.71$1.45$15.03 billion$14.62 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/22/2013Q1 2013$1.46$1.31$13.80 billion$13.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/28/2013Q4 2012$1.71$1.91$16.16 billion$16.08 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/22/2012$2.24$2.54ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/25/2012$2.30$2.54ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2012$2.15$2.37ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/26/2012$1.77$2.32ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/24/2011$1.64$1.71ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/22/2011$1.78$1.52ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/29/2011$1.31$1.84ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/27/2011$1.27$1.47ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.23
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20173$0.55$0.65$0.60
Q2 20172$0.95$1.23$1.09
Q3 20173$0.74$0.80$0.76
Q4 20173$0.73$0.83$0.78
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Most Recent Dividend:5/20/2017
Annual Dividend:$3.08
Dividend Yield:2.92%
Dividend Growth:21.40% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:-2,369.23% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
75.68% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
59.46% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

Dividend History by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.15%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 70.97%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
2/21/2017Lange Bob DeInsiderBuy1,000$99.32$99,320.00View SEC Filing  
2/14/2017Daniel M. DickinsonDirectorSell3,884$97.90$380,243.60View SEC Filing  
11/10/2016Daniel M DickinsonDirectorSell950$93.52$88,844.00View SEC Filing  
7/29/2016Dennis A MuilenburgDirectorBuy1,930$82.75$159,707.50View SEC Filing  
7/28/2016Bradley M HalversonInsiderSell2,841$82.73$235,035.93View SEC Filing  
5/31/2016Bradley M HalversonCFOSell574$72.58$41,660.92View SEC Filing  
5/9/2016Dennis A MuilenburgDirectorBuy1,128$71.01$80,099.28View SEC Filing  
5/3/2016Bradley M HalversonCFOSell878$76.85$67,474.30View SEC Filing  
4/26/2016David L CalhounDirectorBuy25,000$77.44$1,936,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/12/2016Denise C JohnsonInsiderBuy3,500$62.20$217,700.00View SEC Filing  
8/5/2014Edward J RappInsiderSell15,000$101.01$1,515,150.00View SEC Filing  
7/30/2014James B BudaEVPSell70,828$105.23$7,453,230.44View SEC Filing  
5/6/2014Edward RappInsiderSell15,000$103.99$1,559,850.00View SEC Filing  
5/1/2014Donald Umpleby IIIInsiderSell5,881$105.43$620,033.83View SEC Filing  
4/30/2014Jananne CopelandCAOSell9,110$105.40$960,194.00View SEC Filing  
4/29/2014Bradley HalversonCFOSell19,638$104.61$2,054,331.18View SEC Filing  
4/29/2014James BudaEVPSell33,548$105.00$3,522,540.00View SEC Filing  
1/31/2014James BudaEVPSell9,580$94.16$902,052.80View SEC Filing  
11/1/2012Richard P LavinInsiderSell28,590$86.37$2,469,318.30View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
Latest Headlines for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)
DateHeadline logoStocks Gain, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Reach New Highs - May 27 at 2:40 AM logoCaterpillar's (CAT) "Buy" Rating Reiterated at Bank of America Corp - May 26 at 11:38 PM logoOil Is Going Down; Caterpillar, JPMorgan Tell You How the Market Fares: Jim Cramer's Best Blog - May 26 at 9:37 PM logoHow Facebook, Exxon, Caterpillar Fuel S&P's Rise (FB, XOM, CAT) - Investopedia - May 25 at 5:30 PM logoCaterpillar earnings set to go higher, BofA Merrill analyst says - Seeking Alpha - May 25 at 5:30 PM logoCaterpillar Will Post Stronger than Expected Earnings, BofA Says - May 25 at 5:30 PM logoOne of Caterpillar's Most Important Measures Is Rising, Which Could Help Send the Stock Up 15% - May 25 at 5:30 PM logoHow Facebook, Exxon, Caterpillar Fuel S&P's Rise - May 25 at 5:30 PM logoWhat China Means For Caterpillar - Seeking Alpha - May 24 at 9:05 PM logoHere's Why Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Is A Strong Buy Stock - - May 24 at 9:05 PM logoCramer: Caterpillar and JP Morgan Will Tell You How the Market Fares - May 24 at 9:05 PM logoHere's Why Caterpillar (CAT) Is A Strong Buy Stock - May 24 at 12:55 PM logoBank Stocks Lead US Indexes Higher on Tuesday - May 24 at 12:55 PM logoHere’s Why Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Is A Strong Buy Stock - May 24 at 12:25 PM logoCaterpillar Inc. (CAT) Downgraded by Vetr Inc. - May 24 at 12:28 AM logoNorth America Power Rental Market 2017 Featuring Aggreko plc, United Rentals, Cummins Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Aggreko, Caterpillar Inc., and Herc Equipment Rentals - Research ... - May 23 at 4:08 PM logoOne Put, One Call Option To Know About for Caterpillar - May 23 at 12:56 PM logo[$$] Retirement plan abuse claims cost US companies $400m - May 22 at 12:46 PM logoEarnings Estimates Moving Higher for Caterpillar (CAT): Time to Buy? - May 22 at 12:46 PM logoOh Deere…Oh Deere…Oh Deere - May 20 at 11:13 AM logoNoteworthy Thursday Option Activity: IRBT, CAT, PAH - May 19 at 8:54 AM logoCaterpillar: Fear Mongering Is Unwarranted - Seeking Alpha - May 18 at 4:07 PM logoBRIEF-Caterpillar world machines retail sales for 3-month rolling period ended April, up 1 pct - May 18 at 11:24 AM logoBemis Touches 52-Week Low: What Weighed Upon the Stock? - May 18 at 11:24 AM logoCaterpillar shareholders call for vote against three board members - May 18 at 11:24 AM logo[$$] Caterpillar Faces Shareholder Call to Shake Up Audit Committee - May 17 at 9:14 PM logoLooking At Drivers For Industrial ETFs - May 17 at 4:14 PM logoCaterpillar Faces Shareholder Call To Shake Up Audit Committee - May 17 at 11:48 AM logoCaterpillar to lay off 48 more at its Houston coal-focused office - May 17 at 11:48 AM logo[$$] Caterpillar Faces Call to Shake Up Audit Committee - May 17 at 11:48 AM logoCaterpillar Facing Scrutiny Over its Audit Committee - May 17 at 11:48 AM logo Brokerages Expect Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $10.64 Billion - May 17 at 11:40 AM logoDo Fundamentals Support Caterpillar's Big Gains? - May 16 at 4:14 PM logoTracking the tech boom as Washington stalls - May 16 at 11:32 AM logoBetter Buy: Caterpillar Inc. vs ABB Ltd. - May 16 at 11:32 AM logoCaterpillar Is Ready to Take Wing, Yet Again - May 16 at 11:32 AM logoCaterpillar Target of Unusually High Options Trading (CAT) - May 15 at 6:14 PM logoDow's late-session gain driven by J&J, Caterpillar, Goldman stock - MarketWatch - May 15 at 3:48 PM logoDow's late-session gain driven by J&J, Caterpillar, Goldman stock - May 15 at 3:48 PM logoCaterpillar Inc. (CAT) Expected to Post Earnings of $1.09 Per Share - May 15 at 11:44 AM logoCaterpillar Highlights Commitment to "Building Better" and Making Sustainable Progress Possible Around the World - May 15 at 11:28 AM logo[$$] Western Firms Bet Big on China's Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Project - May 14 at 4:15 PM logoCaterpillar Inc. (CAT) Upgraded to "Buy" at Bank of America Corp - May 14 at 8:46 AM logoCAT: Headed To The Dog House - May 12 at 9:43 PM logo1 Big Reason Caterpillar Inc. Stock Jumped 10.2% in April Despite a Lower EPS Outlook - Motley Fool - May 12 at 4:42 PM logo6 Reasons to Add Deere (DE) Stock to Your Portfolio Now - May 12 at 4:42 PM logoMorning Movers: Macy's Massacred, Kohl's Crushed, Caterpillar Cruises - Barron's - May 11 at 9:47 PM logoWhy Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Could Be a Potential Winner - Nasdaq - May 11 at 9:47 PM logoCaterpillar: Is Its Dividend Sustainable? - Seeking Alpha - May 11 at 9:47 PM logoCaterpillar Upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch - May 11 at 4:45 PM



Caterpillar (CAT) Chart for Monday, May, 29, 2017

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