Brokerages Anticipate Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) to Announce $2.07 Earnings Per Share

Willis Investment Counsel who had been investing in Caterpillar Inc Del for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $89.78 billion market cap company.

CAT traded up $0.09 on Friday, hitting $150.23. About 3.60 million shares traded. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) has risen 60.63% since April 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 49.08% the S&P500.

In 2017Q4 SEC form is reported Oakbrook Investments Llc's stake in Caterpillar Inc. Pittenger & Anderson Inc bought 4,643 shares as the company's stock declined 5.62% with the market. The institutional investor held 49,267 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.99 million, up from 40,382 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $63.94. Renaissance Technology Limited Liability Company invested in 0.28% or 5.49 million shares. It has outperformed by 97.18% the S&P500. Fiduciary Financial Services Of The Southwest Inc who had been investing in Dominion Energy Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $41.72B market cap company. (NYSE:CAT) to report earnings on April, 24. CAT's profit would be $1.22 billion giving it 18.41 P/E if the $2.04 EPS is correct. After $2.16 actual earnings per share reported by Caterpillar Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -5.56% negative EPS growth.

Analysts expect Caterpillar Inc. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 52% are positive. Caterpillar Inc. had 123 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Friday, January 12 by Robert W. Baird. Citigroup boosted their target price on Caterpillar from $145.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Thursday, September 24 by Axiom Capital. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with "Hold" rating and $111 target in Wednesday, April 26 report. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Tuesday, January 9 report. On Friday, January 19 the stock has "Buy" rating by Credit Suisse. Wolverine Asset Mgmt Limited holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Caterpillar Inc.

Among 21 analysts covering Dominion Midstream (NYSE:D), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $171.60. The firm has "Buy" rating by J.P. Morgan given on Monday, January 8.

And the announced value of the capital goods company is $48.66 million for the 2017Q4. It also reduced Blueprint Medicines Corp stake by 29,509 shares and now owns 70,491 shares.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 4 sales for $16.35 million activity.

Taking a look at the current stock price for L Brands, Inc. 3,813 shares were sold by DICKINSON DANIEL M, worth $522,724 on Monday, October 30. On Thursday, October 26 De Lange Bob sold $216,276 worth of Caterpillar Inc. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Caterpillar Inc.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.13 in 2017 Q4. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.73. It is positive, as 55 investors sold CAT shares while 401 reduced holdings. 352 rose stakes while 162 funds amassed stakes. Rockland Company has invested 0.07% in Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. (NYSE:CAT). Gam Ag has invested 0.04% in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT). First Comml Bank reported 5,335 shares or 0.14% of all its holdings. Kelly Lawrence W Associate Inc Ca reported 463 shares. (NYSE:CAT). Hightower Advsr Ltd Co reported 0.4% in Caterpillar Inc. Lakeview Prtn Ltd Liability owns 1,382 shares for 0.16% of their portfolio. Vetr upgraded Caterpillar from a "buy" rating to a "strong-buy" rating and set a $170.44 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. Garrison reported 2,506 shares stake. (NYSE:CAT) for 42,293 shares. The Pennsylvania-based Bryn Mawr Trust Com has invested 0.12% in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) for 1,589 shares. (NYSE:CAT). Fjarde Ap has 0.4% invested in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT). Bokf Na stated it has 0.23% of its portfolio in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) rating on Thursday, January 18.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.03, from 1.1 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 124 funds opened positions while 492 raised stakes. Sarl accumulated 1,200 shares. Gibraltar Capital holds 4.25% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 62,592 shares. KLA-Tencor Corporation had 61 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Insiders own 0.14% of the company's stock. Vanguard Gp stated it has 0.17% of its portfolio in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). American Money Management LLC raised its position in shares of Caterpillar by 0.3% in the second quarter. Eastern Retail Bank has 130,282 shares.

Optimum Advsrs owns 10,499 shares or 0.53% of their U.S. portfolio. Johnson Invest Counsel, a Ohio-based fund reported 12,224 shares. The industrial products company reported $2.16 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.77 by $0.39. Parametrica Mgmt Limited has invested 0.14% in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR).

Cadinha & Co Llc, which manages about $952.64 million and $723.95 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Core Msci Euro (IEUR) by 332,176 shares to 144,554 shares, valued at $7.25 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Price T Rowe Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 4,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 140,700 shares, and has risen its stake in Ca Inc (NASDAQ:CA).

Since October 23, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 34 sales for $155.38 million activity. SPOON ALAN G sold $318,249 worth of stock. 14,129 shares were sold by MURPHY JOHN, worth $631,572. Panagora Asset Mgmt holds 2.23% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 6.96 million shares. Blair Rainer sold $398,295 worth of Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) on Saturday, February 24. On Wednesday, January 31 the insider Pellette Thomas A sold $15.53 million.

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