Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy equipment giant Caterpillar
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Caterpillar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Peoria, Ill. (1925)|
|Market Cap||$58.5 million|
|Industry||Farm and construction machinery|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$37.68 billion|
CEO Douglas Oberhelman
CFO Edward Rapp
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||26.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$835 million / $28.64 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, juslen tapped the stock as a particularly far-reaching selection: "Recession worldwide may be coming to a close and [Caterpillar] will be there to pick up business its lacking here in the United States."
As the world's largest producer of heavy construction equipment, Caterpillar remains one of our community's favorite plays on a global turnaround. Thanks in part to the emerging market opportunities gained from its recent purchase of Bucyrus International
CAPS member EpiphanyStock elaborates on the bull case:
Fear not about the strong run shares have seen this year. Fear not about whether they overpaid for [Bucyrus]; the stock rose on the day of the announcement, a rare feat of investor approval. ...
Cat has done this well so far on the strength of emerging markets (where it has a fantastic foothold and supply chain) and mining. When global construction/infrastructure finally ticks back up, [Caterpillar] will have another double in store, plus room to run. [Caterpillar] could easily become one of the 10 largest market caps in America by the year 2020.
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