The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan takes a look at construction equipment giant Caterpillar and its upcoming earnings release. What can we expect from Caterpillar, and what do we think of the company's long-term prospects?

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