Investors sold shares of Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) on strength during trading on Friday. $46.50 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $84.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $38.45 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Caterpillar had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Caterpillar traded up $1.14 for the day and closed at $136.48

CAT has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. BMO Capital Markets raised shares of Caterpillar from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $110.00 to $125.00 in a report on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Caterpillar from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $133.00 target price (up previously from $123.00) on shares of Caterpillar in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Axiom Securities reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Caterpillar currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $133.76.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58, a current ratio of 1.44 and a quick ratio of 1.04. The stock has a market cap of $81,196.59, a PE ratio of 24.59, a P/E/G ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.29.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The industrial products company reported $1.95 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.27 by $0.68. The firm had revenue of $11.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.69 billion. Caterpillar had a net margin of 2.09% and a return on equity of 23.22%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.85 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Caterpillar, Inc. will post 6.4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 20th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.78 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 20th. This represents a $3.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. Caterpillar’s dividend payout ratio is presently 216.67%.

In other news, insider Lange Bob De sold 1,572 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.58, for a total transaction of $216,275.76. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 11,096 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,526,587.68. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Daniel M. Dickinson sold 3,813 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $137.09, for a total transaction of $522,724.17. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,554 shares in the company, valued at $898,487.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.14% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. S. R. Schill & Associates grew its stake in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the 1st quarter. S. R. Schill & Associates now owns 2,204 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $204,000 after buying an additional 6 shares during the last quarter. Northstar Group Inc. grew its stake in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Northstar Group Inc. now owns 2,385 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $256,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the last quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC grew its stake in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the 1st quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC now owns 3,635 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $337,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Toth Financial Advisory Corp grew its stake in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Toth Financial Advisory Corp now owns 3,915 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $421,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ironwood Investment Counsel LLC grew its stake in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Ironwood Investment Counsel LLC now owns 3,425 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $368,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 69.41% of the company’s stock.

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