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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Caterpillar facts

Headquarters (founded)

Peoria, Ill. (1925)

Market Cap

$58.9 billion


Construction and farm machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$65.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Douglas Oberhelman

CFO Bradley Halverson

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$3.3 billion / $40.2 billion

Dividend Yield



CNH Global



Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 6,026 members who have rated Caterpillar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, lepera347, succinctly summed up the Caterpillar bull case for our community:

India needs infrastructure. China's priority is urbanization. The US will have 4 more years of Obama, who believes in stimulus spending for infrastructure. Ultimately solid financials. Seems undervalued.

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