Caterpillar (CAT) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.11

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William Blair analyst L. De. During the same quarter previous year, the company earned $0.67 EPS. William Blair also issued estimates for Caterpillar's FY2017 earnings at $4.00 EPS.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) soared 14.73% year-to-date. The Q3 2017 consensus earnings estimates for the company have stabilized at US$0.8 per share. The business earned $9.57 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.87 billion.

In the trailing 12 months period, return on assets ratio of the Company was -0.10% and return on equity ratio was -0.40% while its return on investment ratio was 0.60%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Caterpillar will post $3.26 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several other brokerages have also commented on CAT.

Shares of Caterpillar Inc.

Over the last twelve months Caterpillar Inc.'s stock price has increased by 36.32% from 75.08 to 102.35.

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Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) was up +0.23% ($0.24) to $104.66 and showed a volume of 9.85 mln shares. Vetr upgraded Caterpillar from a "sell" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $98.27 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, February 7th.

A price target is the projected price level of a financial security stated by an investment analyst.

News headlines about Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. Caterpillar Inc. has a 12-month low of $66.45 and a 12-month high of $99.46.

Caterpillar, Inc. has a 50 day moving average of 94.27 and a 200 day moving average of 93.19.

Market capitalization is the total market value of all of a company's outstanding shares. Caterpillar also was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Thursday. The average broker rating helps provide investors with a general sense of analyst sentiment on company stock. This represents an increase of 477% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,489 put options. The number of shares now owned by investors are 585.8 mln. Patten Group Inc. boosted its stake in Caterpillar by 0.4% in the third quarter. (Symbol: CAT) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $3.08), with the stock changing hands as low as $102.56 on the day. The correct version of this report can be viewed at Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 1,282 shares of the company's stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 65 shares during the period. Finally, Integrated Wealth Management increased its stake in Caterpillar by 34.6% in the third quarter. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC now owns 2,303 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $214,000 after buying an additional 9 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Financial Architects Inc boosted its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 5.7% in the first quarter.

In other news, Director Daniel M. Dickinson sold 3,884 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.90, for a total transaction of $380,243.60. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 10,230 shares in the company, valued at $1,016,043.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 73.00%. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.77 per share.

The stock now has its Annual Dividend of $3.08 and an annual Dividend Yield of 3.34 Percent. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 18th. Caterpillar's dividend payout ratio is now -2,369.23%.

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