Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy equipment giant Caterpillar
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Caterpillar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Peoria, Ill. (1925)|
|Market Cap||$71.5 billion|
|Industry||Farm and construction machinery|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$60.1 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Douglas Oberhelman
CFO Edward Rapp
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||25.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.8 billion / $34.6 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 5,727 members who have rated Caterpillar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
My father urged me to invest in CAT a decade ago, an investment which has paid handsomely. Today, CAT is stronger than it was then; less dependent on the US market and positioned to reap benefits around the world as crumbling infrastructure is replaced and new infrastructure created.
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