To my surprise, I recently discovered that agricultural-equipment ace CNH Global (NYSE:CNH) is a majority-owned subsidiary of Italian automotive group Fiat. Instead of Ferraris and Maseratis, CNH manufactures forklifts and mini-wheel loaders. That may sound mundane, but the firm's most recent financial results are about as luxurious as they come.

Net equipment sales soared 29%, with agricultural equipment driven by strength around the globe, and construction equipment supported by Latin America and other emerging markets. Equipment operating margin set a record, and per-share earnings jumped 52%. Before restructuring charges, which were heavier in 2007, EPS was up 42%.

Latin America is worth a few more words. The market for tractors and combines is simply exploding. Industrywide volume for the former was up 31% over last year's second quarter, while combine volume more than doubled. The company is naturally facing some bottlenecks, and it has decided to reopen a Brazilian facility. This excess demand is a pretty nice problem to have, and CNH is fortunate to have the support of Fiat in its efforts to improve global manufacturing efficiencies.

On the construction-equipment side, there's something of a divergence between light and heavy equipment. The light stuff, used in residential and commercial construction, is naturally feeling some housing pain. Not to the degree of a USG (NYSE:USG) or a Pulte Homes (NYSE:PHM), mind you, but there's still a pinch. CNH is expecting worldwide light equipment sales to fall 5% to 10% for the full year.

Meanwhile, heavy equipment is linked more to major government infrastructure projects, so emerging-market growth is more than offsetting any Western weakness. This segment is the mirror image of light equipment, with 5%-10% top-line growth expected for the year.

Like larger rival Deere (NYSE:DE) and smaller folks like AGCO (NYSE:AG) and Gehl (NASDAQ:GEHL), CNH looks to occupy a pretty cozy part of the market today. The company may lack the extraordinary tailwinds of a fertilizer supplier like Mosaic (NYSE:MOS), but its pricing power is still evident.

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