Today, Fool analysts Brendan and Austin discuss Caterpillar's upcoming earnings report. Manufacturing stocks often reflect the overall economy, and analysts expect huge growth for Caterpillar versus the second quarter of 2011, which could spark a mini-rally in the overall economy. The company's mining operations also interest Brendan, particularly after its purchase of Bucyrus.

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