Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) will be releasing its earnings data before the market opens on Monday, January 28th. Analysts expect Caterpillar to post earnings of $2.98 per share for the quarter. Persons that are interested in registering for the company’s earnings conference call can do so using this link.

Shares of NYSE:CAT opened at $136.86 on Friday. Caterpillar has a 52-week low of $112.06 and a 52-week high of $169.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $78.32 billion, a PE ratio of 19.89, a PEG ratio of 0.57 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.60, a current ratio of 1.48 and a quick ratio of 1.02.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 20th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 22nd will be paid a $0.86 dividend. This represents a $3.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 18th. Caterpillar’s payout ratio is 50.00%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on CAT. Barclays restated a “hold” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Macquarie set a $105.00 price objective on Caterpillar and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Bank of America raised their price objective on Caterpillar from $140.00 to $163.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 9th. Standpoint Research upgraded Caterpillar from a “sell” rating to an “accumulate” rating and set a $117.85 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, December 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $169.00 price objective on Caterpillar and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $154.24.

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Caterpillar Company Profile

Caterpillar Inc manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives for construction, resource, and energy and transportation industries. Its Construction Industries segment offers asphalt pavers, backhoe loaders, compactors, cold planers, compact truck and multi-terrain loaders, forestry excavators, feller bunchers, harvesters, knuckleboom loaders, motorgraders, pipelayers, road reclaimers, site prep tractors, skidders, skid steer loaders, telehandlers, track-type loaders, wheel excavators, and track-type tractors.

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