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Does Caterpillar Stock Deserve 9 Lives?

By Rich Smith - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:05PM

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And if so, doesn't GE deserve at least a second chance?

The past few days haven't been kind to investors in industrial companies -- but they've been unkind in unequal measure. General Electric (GE 3.33%) reported decent earnings, but weak free cash flow on Friday, and saw its stock crash. Then Caterpillar (CAT 1.76%) came out with an earnings miss and a guidance walk-back ... and investors rallied to buy Caterpillar stock.

What's behind Caterpillar's weakness? Why are investors buying it anyway ... and what does this mean for General Electric? Fool contributor Rich Smith lays it all out for you in this Fool video.

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