Deere vs. Caterpillar: What's the Better Buy?

In the video below, Fool analysts Andrew Tonner and Brendan Byrnes discuss two top industrial stocks, Deere (NYSE: DE  ) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) , and which one might be the better buy.

Brendan says Deere is a little more expensive in terms of PE, but he likes Caterpillar's growth prospects better. The company has a lot of room to expand in China if it can do so wisely.

A rebound for commodity prices, combined with the return of the housing and construction market could both serve as catalysts for Caterpillar. So, while he would not bet against Deere, Brendan likes Caterpillar better in terms of its current value and growth prospects.

Caterpillar is the market share leader in an industry in which size matters, and its quality products, extensive service network, and unparalleled brand strength combine to give it solid competitive advantages. Read all about Caterpillar's strengths and weaknesses in our brand new report. Just click here to access it now.

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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2012, at 3:58 AM, GETRICHSLOW2 wrote:

    I love both companies but they are a little steep in the price/book and debt departments.

    Waiting for a better opportunity to get back in after taking some nice profits off both.

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Originally joining The Motley Fool in 2011 as editor of the Industrials sector, Brendan is now based in New York City where he interviews executives, authors, and influential people from across the investing and business world. He also provides analysis for

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