CAT - Caterpillar Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
147.78
+0.94 (+0.64%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close146.84
Open147.21
Bid147.36 x 1100
Ask147.65 x 800
Day's Range146.80 - 148.27
52 Week Range111.75 - 150.55
Volume3,052,767
Avg. Volume3,299,888
Market Cap81.672B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.51
PE Ratio (TTM)14.05
EPS (TTM)10.52
Earnings DateJan 30, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield4.12 (2.79%)
Ex-Dividend DateJan 15, 2020
1y Target Est146.27
  • Caterpillar (CAT) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Caterpillar (CAT) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, Caterpillar (CAT) closed at $147.78, marking a -0.06% move from the previous day.

  • PR Newswire

    Caterpillar Inc. to Announce Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2019 Financial Results on January 31

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will release full-year and fourth-quarter 2019 financial results at 5:30 a.m. CST on Friday, January 31. The release will be available at caterpillar.com/earnings and the full text of the news release will also be available on PR Newswire at approximately 5:30 a.m. CST. The news release will be furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) via a Current Report on Form 8-K in compliance with applicable SEC rules.

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    Trinity Industries Names New Chief Executive Officer

    Dallas-based Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) has named E. Jean Savage as the company's new chief executive officer and president, effective Feb. 17. Savage is currently the vice president of the surface mining and technology division for construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT).

  • Market Exclusive

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    Do US Farmers Trust President Trump? We will see. The “Phase One” trade deal between the United States and China will, once again supposedly, be signed today, the Ides of January. Despite previous reports that China has backed out of firm commitments to increase its purchases of US agricultural products, it now seems that somehow […]The post Market Morning: Trade Deal Signing, Bitcoin Fracas, Trump Rages at Apple, Jet Fuel Rain appeared first on Market Exclusive.

  • Caterpillar Announces Officer Retirement
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    Caterpillar Announces Officer Retirement

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today that E. Jean Savage, currently vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division, has elected to retire.

  • Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A US$1.03 Dividend
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    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A US$1.03 Dividend

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  • Financial Times

    Red states: Trump country's love affair with Chinese investment

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  • Investopedia

    Bearish Engulfing Candles Appear on All Indexes

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  • Is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) Potentially Undervalued?
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    Is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) Potentially Undervalued?

    Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT). The company's stock saw a...

  • Caterpillar (CAT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know
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    Caterpillar (CAT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

    Caterpillar (CAT) closed the most recent trading day at $146.38, moving -1.32% from the previous trading session.

  • Dow Jones Today: Middle East Focus Factors Into The Equation Again
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    Dow Jones Today: Middle East Focus Factors Into The Equation Again

    Broadly speaking, Tuesday was another sluggish day for riskier assets. The dollar rose and oil declined as many market participants wait to see what happens next in the intensifying showdown between the U.S. and Iran.Source: Provided by Finviz * The S&P 500 lost 0.28% * The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.42% * The Nasdaq Composite gave up 0.03% * With some of the wind coming out of oil's sails today, Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) ranked as two of the Dow's worst performers, each losing more than 1%.By no means was it a terrible Tuesday despite the fact that 23 of 30 Dow Jones stocks were lower in late trading. There was some other good news, albeit on an anecdotal level, including that of a well-known market forecast that has notoriously been reluctant to endorse higher S&P 500 targets finally coming around.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"Francois Trahan, head of U.S. equity strategy at UBS Group AG, raised his year-end target for the S&P 500 Index to 3,250 from a previous target of 3,000 set in November," reports Bloomberg.Trahan's prior call of 3,000 was one of the lowest on Wall Street.In economic news, the U.S. trade deficit declined by about $43.1 billion in November due in large part to the trade war with China."The deficit with China decreased $2.2 billion in November to $25.6 billion owing to a $1.4 billion increase in exports and an $800 million decline in imports," according to CNBC. * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now With that, let's have a look at some of Tuesday's winners and losers. Another Up Day For BoeingBoeing (NYSE:BA) added to Monday's gains, jumping as much as 1.38% today after the company said it's recommending pilot simulator training for those who will fly the 737 MAX jet, when that controversial plane finally gets airborne again."This recommendation takes into account our unstinting commitment to the safe return of service as well as changes to the airplane and test results. Final determination will be established by the regulators," said the company in a statement.There's also a rumor floating around that Warrren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) is building a position in Boeing. That coupled with the Iran drama boosting defense stocks are factors helping Boeing start 2020 on a strong note. Legal NewsJohnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) still faces an array of courtroom issues this year, but the company appears to have put at least one element of that to bed amid news that a California talc trial has been halted after the judge told jurors a settlement has been reached. Shares of JNJ posted a modest gain. Rough Day For IndustrialsAside from Boeing, the Dow's other industrial names -- Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), 3M (NYSE:MMM) and United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) -- were stung today by another slack manufacturing data point."Latest data showed new orders for U.S.-made goods fell in November, pulled down by steep declines in demand for machinery and transportation equipment, pointing to sustained weakness in manufacturing," according to Reuters.Should Caterpillar and 3M be Dow laggards again, that puts some burden on Boeing to carry the Dow's industrial exposure and for other groups - namely technology - to prop up the blue chip index this year. Bottom Line on the Dow Jones TodayI noted yesterday that fourth-quarter earnings are a potential catalyst or trouble spot for stocks over the near-term and while it's not a marquee report, investors will get an earnings taste from Dow component Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) when the pharmacy operator reports quarterly results tomorrow.Wall Street expects WBA to earn $1.41 per share on sales of $34.6 billion. Remember, WBA was one of the worst-performing names in the Dow last year, so this report could go a long way toward bolstering sentiment on the stock.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now * 7 Industrial Stocks to Buy for a Strong New Year * 7 Investing Resolutions to Follow in 2020 The post Dow Jones Today: Middle East Focus Factors Into The Equation Again appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow drops 100 points on losses for Chevron, Merck shares

    DOW UPDATE The Dow Jones Industrial Average is falling Tuesday morning with shares of Chevron and Merck delivering the stiffest headwinds for the price-weighted average. Shares of Chevron (CVX) and Merck (MRK) have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday decline, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 108 points, or 0.

  • 3 Dow Jones Stocks That Are Ready to Pop
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    3 Dow Jones Stocks That Are Ready to Pop

    The equity markets are showing extraordinary resilience, even when faced with the prospects of World War III. The indices refuse to fall far from their all time highs. Coming into the Monday session, the media was preparing coverage of a crisis. Instead the markets went green and Wall Street is showing no fear. So there continue to be opportunities, especially among the big cap DOW stocks.The volatility index is spiking but has so far failed to hold its gains. Furthermore, the actions on Wall Street suggest that there is no real fear yet. Even on Monday morning when investors were supposed to be fretting the conflict with Iran, there were strong bids for frothy stocks. Scared markets do not buy speculative equities. They hunker down and run for safety like in bonds. * 10 Stocks That Every 30-Year-Old Should Buy and Hold Forever Under such bullish conditions, today we highlight three DOW stocks that are looking like they want to spike soon. All three are still facing major issues but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for each. Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), Boeing (NYSE:BA) and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) are overcoming tremendous trepidation, so their stocks are near relief zones.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Dow Jones Stocks That Are Ready to Pop: Caterpillar (CAT)Source: Charts by TradingView For the last two years it felt like Caterpillar stock had a curse against it. Every potential substantial rally failed. It didn't help that CAT stock was in the direct line of fire from the economic war with China. Now that both sides are playing nice and seem intent on a deal, CAT's bullish breakout setup has a real chance of materializing. This time it has a confluence of at least two technical reasons to spike. There is a breakout from a descending channel, and another from overcoming a prior failure level.Since the October correction of 2018, CAT stock had stalled below $145 per share. Recently, the bulls were finally able to overcome it. Now they can use this neckline to build upon the momentum and recover the highs. If and when they get to $160, the bulls will face stiff resistance.Earnings are coming soon so maybe management can give Wall Street a concrete reason to buy it up with vigor. But this is a knife that can cut both ways because we all still remember how a few words from the CFO can cause a 20% debacle in the stock chart. Maybe now management will deliver an upbeat outlook, especially if they no longer see hindrance from the Chinese economic war.Unlike many frothy stocks that are rallying these days, CAT has value. So the move if and when it comes is justified. Fundamentally, Caterpillar stock is cheap. It sells at a modest 14 price-to-earnings ratio and 1.5 times sales. So owning it here is not likely to be a major financial debacle in the long term. Besides, from the charts, there is proven support through $127 per share. International Business Machines (IBM)Source: Charts by TradingView For years Wall Street has been expecting IBM to make the turn into the new tech world. For some reason they can't seem to make it like say Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) did. Nevertheless, management still gets a pass on the subject so for now we can trade the charts where the opportunity lies.The IBM stock price range is tight. For the last year it has set higher-lows and lower-highs and now it is in a pinpoint jam. It has also consolidated for the last few weeks between $131 and $137 per share. So a breach of either sides of this is likely to have momentum in that direction.Since the pattern of lower-highs has formed a deep wedge bumping up above a set of relatively flat base, the breakout to the upside is more likely than not. So the better bet is to take a position alongside the bulls in this first quarter. Earnings are coming soon, so it is up to management to not foil the setup. These events are binary in the short term, so there is that risk to consider. The last four reactions to earnings were two sharp rallies versus two sharp selloffs. * 7 Stocks to Sell to Start the New Year Fresh Long term, IBM is cheap in absolute terms. It has a 13 price-to-earnings ratio and it even pays a hefty 4.5% dividend yield. So maybe that is why investors are patient with the turnaround efforts. Even if the breakout fails, then the damage should be contained, especially if investor time frame is long. Boeing (BA)Source: Charts by TradingView There is hardly a day that doesn't bring bad news for Boeing stock. Just this week we learned of potential wiring issues with the 737 Max. Nevertheless, the stock is doing much better than it should given the negativity that surrounds it. This is perhaps because for years, BA stock had been a monster.Investors liked its visibility as it had about a decade worth of backlog. So it is hard to bet against a company that is sold out for ten years, and it only has one other real competitor who is also fully booked. Meaning, the clients have no choice but to put up with BA and its delays.The tragically sad accidents that the Max had may have changed the outlook a little. Even though BA stock is not a catastrophe yet, this time there is real risk of prolonged repercussions. The 737 Max is still grounded and in spite of BA's own optimism, consensus is that it will be out of commission for a long while.But today's opportunity is based on the charts. Despite of all the trepidation that BA stock has had for months, it has proven support below $320 per share. It only broke below $300 during the horrendous market-wide correction two Christmases ago.This is a bet I can make using options to generate income out of thin air. Buying BA shares requires a lot of hopium to profit until this whole mess is behind it. But meanwhile, selling the BA May $280 put brings a potential $6 in profit. The worst that could happen is that you own the shares with a breakeven point at $274. This is a 17% buffer from current price.Compare this with risking $334 today per share without any room for error and hoping for a rally to profit. The upside scenario has about $40 to $50 worth of profits if BA stock is to repeat its see-saw price action inside this weekly consolidation zone.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Join his live chat room for free here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now * 7 Industrial Stocks to Buy for a Strong New Year * 7 Investing Resolutions to Follow in 2020 The post 3 Dow Jones Stocks That Are Ready to Pop appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • A 2019 Review of Dow Jones Stocks (And What 2020 May Bring)
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    A 2019 Review of Dow Jones Stocks (And What 2020 May Bring)

    Even if you weren't paying attention, you couldn't have missed what an unpredictable year 2019 has been for markets both in the U.S. and globally. Our economy represents about 20% of total global output. Economic growth in modern economies depend on several factors, including an efficient financial sector which encompasses well-functioning capital markets. Most economists and researchers would easily concur that U.S. equity markets are an important engine of innovation, technological advancement and economic growth.Source: Venturelli Luca / Shutterstock.com Recent research led by James Brown of Iowa State University highlights that "the high-tech sector accounts for the majority of corporate innovation in modern economies. [There is] strong positive connection between a country's equity market development and the size of its high-tech sector."Therefore, as we start a new decade, I'd like to take a closer look at how the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most commonly followed equity indices worldwide, has fared over the past year and discuss several themes I'll be watching in 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips The Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2019The U.S. has the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. However, a year ago, as we ended 2018, many people were wondering if broader stock markets would have a rather difficult 2019. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there was a lot of nervousness -- or even fear -- in the air. * 9 High-Risk Stocks to Buy for Massive Rewards Investors were rightfully concerned about U.S.-China trade wars, a global slowdown especially in China and emerging markets, interest rates, oil and gold prices. Eventually, the dust settles in the equity markets and strong stocks shine. And that is what has happened in 2019, too.Not many would possibly have imagined that the DJIA would be delivering a gain of more than 22% during the year. This return does not include the regular dividends paid by all 30 stocks in the index. In fact, many of them are Dividend Aristocrats, or companies that have consistently increased dividends at least once a year for the last 25 years.Thus in hindsight, a combination of growth and dividend income would have made the DJIA an ideal portfolio choice.As we start the new decade, we note that low interest rates, a historically strong domestic labor market and easing of U.S.-China trade war fears have helped send markets to all-time highs.The final quarter of the year was especially strong for many stocks. Individual days when we had some selling pressure in the broader market were quickly followed rather strongly up days.While past performance may not exactly repeat in the months ahead, the track records of the index highlights its growth potential.Now let us see how each stock in the index has done over the past 52 weeks. Dow Jones StocksThere are 30 large-cap stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Most are household names. Here is how their stock prices have changed in 2019 as well as their current dividend yields.1\. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) - Up about 86% in 2019, current dividend yield 1.1%.2\. American Express (NYSE:AXP) - Up about 30%, current dividend yield 1.4%.3\. Boeing (NYSE:BA) - Up about 1%, current dividend yield 2.5%.4\. Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) - Up about 16%, current dividend yield 2.8%.5\. Chevron (NYSE:CVX) - Up about 11%, current dividend yield 3.9%.6\. Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) - Up about 11%, current dividend yield 2.9%.7\. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) - Up about 17%, current dividend yield 2.9%.8\. Dow (NYSE:DOW) - (DOW stock is a spinoff from DowDuPont. It started trading in March 2019 at an opening price of $52.75. The return is since that date.) Up about 4%, current dividend yield 5.1%.9\. Exxon (NYSE:XOM) - Up about 2%, current dividend yield 4.9%.10\. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) - Up about 38%, current dividend yield 2.2%.11\. Home Depot (NYSE:HD) - Up about 27%, current dividend yield 2.5%.12\. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) - Up about 28%, current dividend yield 2.1%.13\. IBM (NYSE:IBM) - Up about 18%, current dividend yield 4.9%.14\. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) - Up about 43%, current dividend yield 2.6%.15\. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) - Up about 13%, current dividend yield 2.7%.16\. 3M (NYSE:MMM) - Down about 8%, current dividend yield 3.2%.17\. McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) - Up about 11%, current dividend yield 2.5%.18\. Merck (NYSE:MRK) - Up about 19%, current dividend yield 2.7%.19\. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) - Up about 55%, current dividend yield 1.3%.20\. Nike (NYSE:NKE) - Up about 37%, current dividend yield 0.9%.21\. Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) - Down about 10%, current dividend yield 3.9%.22\. Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) - Up about 36%, current dividend yield 2.4%.23\. Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV) - Up about 14%, current dividend yield 2.4%.24\. UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) - Up about 18%, current dividend yield 1.5%.25\. United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) - Up about 41%, current dividend yield 1.9%.26\. Verizon (NYSE:VZ) - Up about 9%, current dividend yield 4.1%.27\. Visa (NYSE:V) - Up about 42%, current dividend yield 0.6%.28\. Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) - Down about 14%, current dividend yield 3.1%.29\. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) - Up about 28%, current dividend yield 1.8%.30\. Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) - Up about 32%, current dividend yield 1.2%.In short, of these 30 companies, 27 have been good investments, offering a wide range of returns. The three exceptions are MMM, PFE and WBA stocks.However, shareholders in all three of those companies also receive dividends. And that passive income would have made the loss in stock price less painful, especially if those dividends were reinvested. Themes I'm Watching in 2020This year, I expect risk appetite to stay strong, especially amid further hopes of progress on a trade war truce between the U.S. and China. However, if trade frictions resurface, then they could likely weigh on growth and rattle equity markets.The Federal Reserve as well as most central banks globally are likely to remain supportive and maintain the current era of low interest rates -- a factor that would bode well for equity markets. I would not fight the Fed.Consumer spending is likely to stay healthy at least in the early part of the year. However, it is quite impossible to predict when investor sentiment may turn sour.High-quality tech stocks will likely to provide the tailwind for broader markets this year, too. Yet many may not be able to repeat the exceptional performance of 2019. Investors should remember that tech stocks tend to be highly volatile, especially on a shorter-term trading basis.2020 may prove to be another solid year for mergers and acquisitions as several mid-cap companies as well as start-ups may be subject to interest by large caps and private equity firms that have plenty of cash to spare. Similarly the IPO market is likely to be quite active.Needless to say, this is the year of the U.S. presidential election. Therefore broader markets are likely to get choppy as election day draws closer in November. Discourses around regulatory backlash against Big Tech as well as Big Pharma will likely affect the prices of many stock in these industries. On another note, presidential cycles in general mean strong advertising revenue for advertisers.Finally, many investors will likely be paying attention to companies that may benefit from sustainable investing themes, not only this year but throughout the decade. The Bottom LineWe have finished 2019 with the biggest market gains since 2013. Broader indices amd many stocks have recovered from the correction we saw in the final quarter of 2018 and reached new highs.Does being a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average make a stock a good make a good investment in 2020?The answer would depend on several factors, starting with your investing goals and time horizon. Were I to look for quality "blue chip" stocks with reliable dividends, it'd certainly be the first index I'd start analyzing.If and when quality goes on sale some time, as they usually do at some point in most years, I hope you will be ready to do due diligence on those stocks that may be suffering temporary setbacks. Buying the dips may help increase your long-term portfolio returns.Now, it just remains for me to wish you a happy and prosperous 2020!As of this writing, the author has covered calls on CSCO, KO, MRK, PFE (all Dec 10 expiry). More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy to Kick Off the New Year * 7 Buyout Targets to Watch For 2020 * 9 Boring Stocks to Buy You Should Never Let Go Of The post A 2019 Review of Dow Jones Stocks (And What 2020 May Bring) appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow's 125-point fall led by losses in Caterpillar, American Express stocks

    DOW UPDATE Shares of Caterpillar and American Express are trading lower Monday morning, dragging the Dow Jones Industrial Average into negative territory. The Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 126 points, or 0.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow falls 125 points on losses for shares of Caterpillar, American Express

    DOW UPDATE The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down Monday morning with shares of Caterpillar and American Express facing the biggest setback for the blue-chip average. Shares of Caterpillar (CAT) and American Express (AXP) are contributing to the index's intraday decline, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 126 points (0.

  • Barrons.com

    ‘Bad’ Manufacturing Data Contained Good News for Industrial Stocks. Here’s Why.

    Sometimes even ‘bad’ economic data can be good news for certain parts of the stock market. Take the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing purchasing manager index, or ISM PMI. A level above 50 indicate the manufacturing sector is growing.

  • Barrons.com

    The Dow Was Waiting for a Reason to Drop. The U.S. Air Strike Supplied It.

    U.S. stock markets rallied to start 2020, only to be beaten back after the U.S. assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Astute observers were not surprised.

  • GuruFocus.com

    US Indexes Lower Friday After Iran Conflict News

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    Energy Sector Poised for Growth: New Regulations and Political Unrest

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  • InvestorPlace

    Dow Jones Today: Geopolitical Tensions Lead to a Tense Day for Stocks

    The new year is still, well, new, but President Trump is showing he means business when it comes to dealing with Iran. Late Thursday, a U.S. airstrike killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds and one of the most powerful figures in that country.That move brought criticism from Democrats claiming a military operation of that magnitude needs congressional authorization and promises of "crushing revenge" from Iran. As a result, stocks were crimped to close the week. * The S&P 500 retreated 0.71% * The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.81% * The Nasdaq Composite declined by 079% * Confirming that geopolitical tensions pressured stocks today, Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) was the only Dow component trading to the upside late in Friday's session.The Pentagon said the strike that killed Soleimani was aimed at preventing further loss of American life and some Republican senators took to Twitter last night to say the general had American blood on his hands.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"The Defense Department blamed Soleimani for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, and said he was behind recent attacks on coalition bases in Iraq, including one on December 27 that killed an American defense contractor," reports CBS News.Speculation is swirling that Trump pushed to have Soleimani vanquished based on intelligence that the Iranian general was planning an attack on Americans or American assets."General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more … but got caught!," said Trump on Twitter earlier today. Unpleasant SurprisesOne of the more predictable market reactions to geopolitical tensions in the Middle East is for oil prices to rally, which crude did today. Typically, oil equities will go along for that ride, but that wasn't the case today as Dow components Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) both traded lower.In the case of Exxon, the largest domestic energy company, that stock was lower by about 1% even though the company said it's going to realize a gain of $3.6 billion from the sale of some Nordic assets. * 10 2019 Winners That Will Be 2020 Losers "The Norway deal in September, a part of Exxon's earlier plan to divest about $15 billion in nonstrategic assets by 2021, included ownership interests in over 20 producing fields with a combined production of about 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019," according to Reuters. Surprise Part IIAnother standard equity market response to the specter of military conflict is for defense stocks to rally. While the likes of Boeing (NYSE:BA) and United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) were steadier earlier in the session, both Dow Jones defense names were slightly lower late in the day. Be Like BuffettWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) has stakes in several Dow stocks with one of his favorites being banking giant JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM). Berkshire owns 59.5 million JPM shares, 2% of the total outstanding.Based on Buffett's assumptions about where JPM should trade relative to its book value, the stock, which was hot last year, is currently undervalued."JPMorgan's tangible book value at the end of the third quarter of 2019 was $60 a share, implying that it could trade to $180 based on Buffett's math. At its current price, the stock trades for nearly 14 times projected 2019 earnings and yields 2.6%," reports Barron's. More Good News For AppleApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) took a modest breather today and the stock may be due for a bit more of that given its recently torrid pace, but Wall Street remains enthusiastic about the stock for 2020.Not one, but two sell-side analysts are boosting price targets on the iPhone maker's stock. RBC analyst Robert Mueller reiterated an "outperform" rating on Apple while increasing his price target to $330, from $295.Bank of America's Wamsi Mohan reiterated a "buy" rating on Apple while lifting his price forecast on Apple shares to $330 from $290. Weak DataBroadly speaking, the U.S. economy is on firm ground, but that sentiment doesn't extend to manufacturers, which are struggling. * 7 Buyout Targets to Watch For 2020 The December reading of the Institute of Supply Management's manufacturing purchasing managers' index checked in at 47.2, well below economists' expectation of 49. Anything below 50 is seen as negative and today's report explains by Dow components 3M (NYSE:MMM) and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) were two of the index's worst-performing names today. Bottom Line on the Dow Jones TodayTo put things delicately, today was a tricky one for riskier assets, oil being the exception. Geopolitical tensions coupled with the aforementioned weak manufacturing data are tough headwinds to overcome on an intraday basis.However, if cooler heads are able to prevail regarding the Iran situation, admittedly a big "if," the recent weakness in the dollar should continue. The dollar was drubbed last month and that's good news for domestic exporters, plenty of which reside in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 2019 Winners That Will Be 2020 Losers * 5-Year Returns for 5 Dow Jones Stocks Entering 2020 * 5 Semiconductor Stocks to Buy for Big Gains In 2020 The post Dow Jones Today: Geopolitical Tensions Lead to a Tense Day for Stocks appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Benzinga

    Progress Rail Sells Its Leasing Segment To Paceline Equity Partners

    Dallas-based private equity firm Paceline Equity Partners has acquired Progress Rail Equipment Leasing Corp. (PRELC) from a subsidiary of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT ). The assets belong to Caterpillar subsidiary ...

  • MarketWatch

    Dow Inc., Caterpillar share losses lead Dow's 185-point drop

    DOW UPDATE Shares of Dow Inc. and Caterpillar are trading lower Friday afternoon, dragging the Dow Jones Industrial Average into negative territory. Shares of Dow Inc. (DOW) and Caterpillar (CAT) have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday decline, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 185 points (0.