Stock to keep an eye on: Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)

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(CAT)'s stock to Neutral with no specific Price Target. The stock traded with the volume of 3.69 Million shares in the last trading session.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) pays an annual dividend of $3.08 with a yield of 3.00% and an average dividend growth of 21.40% based on a 3 Year Average.

Caterpillar Inc. was covered by a number of analysts recently, 3 rated the stock as Buy, 5 rated Outperform, 13 rated Hold, 1 gave an Underperform and 1 rated sell. (CAT) is $93.52/share according to the consensus of analysts working on the stock, with an expected EPS of $0.62/share for the current quarter. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the a year ago is $95.52. On average, equities analysts forecast that Caterpillar will post $3.26 earnings per share for the current year. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 1,087 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 372 shares in the last quarter. The stock now shows its YTD (Year to Date) performance of 0.32 percent while its Weekly performance value is 0.83%.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) closed 18.47% above its 200-day moving average and is 11.04% above another chart threshold, its 50-day moving average. Also, insider Lange Bob De acquired 1,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 21st. Standpoint Research Downgrades Caterpillar Inc. The stock now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $91.94. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Caterpillar by 5.3% in the third quarter. The fund owned 9,045 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 130 shares during the period.

Receive Caterpillar Inc. News & Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Caterpillar Inc. with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter. Raymond James Financial, Inc. raised Caterpillar to a "buy" rating and set a $55.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday. Corporate insiders own 0.15% of the company's stock.

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The Company has 585.80 million shares outstanding and 585.53 million shares were floated in market.

CAT has a 1-year high price of $ 105.98 and 1-year low price of $66.67. It would take about 4.33 days to cover all short positions. The firm's market cap is $56.04 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%. The business earned $9.57 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.87 billion. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter a year ago. The stock was bought at an average cost of $99.32 per share, for a total transaction of $99,320.00. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.77 per share.

On 2/14/2017 Daniel M. Dickinson, Director, sold 3,884 with an average share price of $97.90 per share and the total transaction amounting to $380,243.60. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 10,230 shares in the company, valued at $1,016,043.60. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Morgan Stanley now owns 7,107,107 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $630,896,000 after buying an additional 2,143,886 shares during the last quarter.

On 12/14/2016 Caterpillar announced a quarterly dividend of $0.77 3.26% with an ex dividend date of 1/18/2017 which will be payable on 2/18/2017. Caterpillar's payout ratio is now -2,369.23%.

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