As investors in a jittery market leap out of quality stocks with cat-like reflexes, savvy Fools often jump, too … but in the opposite direction.
The beating that Terex
The basis for the revision is hardly an earth-shattering revelation: Demand for aerial work platforms and construction equipment is down in the U.S. and Western Europe, and manufacturing costs in those segments have risen substantially. Anyone who didn't see weakness coming from construction in these regions needed a wake-up call anyway. Thanks to analysts and some jumpy investors, this wake-up call came complete with alarms and whistles. After holding up fairly well Wednesday in the face of Joy Global's
While Terex may experience softening demand, keep in mind that overall demand for its products is still very strong. The company reported a $4.2 billion sales backlog in July, which was up 50% from the start of the year. According to Terex CEO Ron DeFeo, both the cranes and the materials processing and mining segments are continuing to outperform even the company's internal projections.
With the Dow retreating sharply and concerns for the financial markets mounting still, it's becoming difficult to find investors taking a longer-term view. Meanwhile, some companies are taking major long-term gambles that global commodity demand will remain strong: Terex recently acquired Italian port equipment manufacturer Fantuzzi, Caterpillar
Despite the weakness in two of the company's businesses, I view Terex shares as severely undervalued after now. Forward-looking Fools should give this one a good look.