Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy equipment giant Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Caterpillar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Founded (founded)||Peoria, Ill. (1925)|
|Market Cap||$53.4 billion|
|Industry||Farm and construction machinery|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$63.2 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Douglas Oberhelman
CFO Edward Rapp
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||28.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.7 billion / $36.0 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 5,884 members who have rated Caterpillar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A few months ago, one of those Fools, TMFBoomer, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community: "Caterpillar generates 60% of sales overseas, realizes greater margins on these sales, has taken its supply chain and exported it to these markets and operates efficiently around the world. Long-term, I think it will continue to be a leader in its industry and can only benefit from a better housing market in the US in the near future."
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