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Neena Mishra

Caterpillar (CAT) is the world’s leading equipment maker. They reported yesterday, beating both on the top and bottom lines. They also raised their outlook for sales and adjusted earnings the current year.

Analysts has been raising their estimates for the company before the results and we should expect a big boost in the coming days after the strong report and upgraded guidance.

The company had to struggle with years of sluggish demand but with economic growth picking up in most parts of the world, their outlook has improved substantially, particularly since they derive more than half of their sales from outside the US.

And, while the timing of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan remains uncertain, Caterpillar is expected to be a big winner from the plan.

CAT is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock. It also has a very attractive dividend yield of 2.95% and expected EPS growth of 9.5%.

AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC) is the world’s largest movie-theater chain.

They operate in 15 countries with over 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens. Recent acquisitions of Carmike Cinemas in the US and Odeon & UCI Cinemas and Nordic Cinemas in Europe, made them the world’s largest movie-theater chain.

Their recent results beat the consensus estimates both on the top and bottom lines They also upgraded their guidance for Q1. Analysts have been raising their estimates after the report and recent acquisitions.

The box office is off to a strong start this year and with a number of highly anticipated movies scheduled to be released in 2017, this could be another record year for the movie industry.

AMC has also taken a number of steps recently to enhance the experience at theatres, including seating upgrades, better sound, better projection, and larger screens and expanding their food and beverage offerings.

AMC is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock with a dividend yield of 2.58% and expected EPS growth of 10%.

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