The following video is part of our daily MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill and advisors Joe Magyer and James Early discuss the day's business and investing news. Caterpillar made headlines today for big earnings and for its economic forecast. Joe and James discuss strong dividend stocks, as well as the companies that truly act as economic bellwethers for the United States.

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