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3 Things to Watch When Caterpillar Reports Earnings This Week

After watching Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) stock gain more than 8% over the past three months, investors may be wondering whether there's room for more upside. After all, the mining industry is yet to show any signs of revival, and just days back, bellwether Alcoa (NYSE: AA  ) sounded the warning for a key end market that Caterpillar's energy and transportation business caters to.

Investors will perhaps have an answer to where the stock's headed when Caterpillar reports its second-quarter numbers this approaching Thursday.

But irrespective of whether Caterpillar delivers a hit or a miss, investors should look beyond its top- and bottom-line numbers before deciding a course of action. That's because there are far more important metrics and factors that could give a better picture of what lies ahead for the company, and that's where your attention should be this week.

I've highlighted three such factors in the slideshow presentation below that you should watch for in Caterpillar's upcoming earnings report. If the company doesn't show promise in these three areas, its shares could reverse gear. 

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Neha Chamaria

Neha has been contributing to since 2011, including a one-year stint at the Foolish Blogging Network. She focuses on materials and industrials sectors, with special interest in fertilizers, chemicals, and heavy-equipment companies. Neha loves decoding 10Qs and 10Ks to dig out information about a company an investor would otherwise not know; and cracking the real reasons behind a stock’s move thrills her. Check back at for her articles, or follow her on Twitter

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