Analyst Ratings for Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Analysts covering Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for CAT last month.

9 analysts declared CAT a buy, 1 gave an overweight rating, 12 gave a hold rating, 1 issued an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 1. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

CAT was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 128, implying a possible profit of 11.92 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 78, implying potential capital losses of -31.8 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 7.66 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 8.89 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 14.24 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 19.7 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of CAT to grow at a rate of 3375.25 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of CAT is 0.23.

CAT has a 52-week high of 114.89 and a 52-week low of 79.93. Currently the stock is 43.09 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 0.45 percent. CAT has a P/E ratio of 762.47. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The CAT value stock report compares CAT to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of CAT is $66.88 billion. CAT is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.