The following video is from today's MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill, along with Charly Travers, Jason Moser, and Joe Magyer, discuss the latest business news. Shares of Caterpillar were up slightly today after the company's latest quarterly profits came in 67% higher. In this segment, the guys analyze the importance of so-called "bellwether" stocks. Should investors give more weight to the positive results of stocks like Caterpillar and Boeing or the fact that UPS is cutting its full-year forecast? What are the best bellwethers for investors to follow? Charly shares why he believes American Express and Wal-Mart are two of the best barometers for interested investors.
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