ISI Group upgraded the Machinery Sector following channel checks that indicate an inventory reduction has started. The firm did lower estimates further below consensus but expects a bottom in 1H 2013 as inventories are reduced. As part of the sector change, the analyst upgraded Caterpillar (CAT), CNH Global (CNH), Cummins (CUM), Deere (DE), Eaton (ETN), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), and Oshkosh (OSK) to Buy from Neutral. The firm adds that Caterpillar was a notable laggard in 2012 and could be among the best performers in 1H 2012 as investors take on more risk.
- Illinois Tool Works
- CNH Global