130.61 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:57PM EDT
|Bid||130.62 x 800|
|Ask||130.80 x 800|
|Day's Range||129.98 - 131.51|
|52 Week Range||112.06 - 159.37|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.47|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||12.15|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.12 (3.44%)|
|1y Target Est||148.65|
The Trump administration is considering delaying tariffs on Mexico, according to Bloomberg. Drew Matus, Chief Market Strategist at MetLife Investment Management, discusses with Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith on "The Ticker."
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Value stocks are so out of fashion at the moment that despite being cheaper than they've been in the past 30 years, some experts suggest they're still not the stocks to buy."We could've had this story 10 years ago and talked about the 20-year anniversary of it being a bad market for value," Dave Nadig, managing director of ETF.com, said recently on CNBC. "We could go another 10 years and it could be a bad market for value. I'm not sure that value and growth as an investing paradigm makes that much sense anymore."Another expert who appeared on the same CNBC show as Nadig suggested that you should only buy value stocks heading into a recession or in the first year coming out of one. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsUntil either of these situations comes around, Datatrek Research co-founder Nick Colas believes investors ought to stick with growth stocks.I say, not so fast. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less I'll select seven stocks to buy for the second half of 2019, all from the top 50 holdings of the Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VTV), the biggest value ETF in the U.S. with $48 billion in assets under management. Value Stocks to Buy: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)Source: Shutterstock Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) is the largest of the 338 holdings in VTV with a weighting of 5.6%. Warren Buffett's company continues to have a bad year on the markets, up just 2.2% year to date.However, when you consider that Berkshire had a total return of 3% in 2018, Buffett's working on a 17-month losing streak. That's why I recently provided InvestorPlace readers with seven ideas to make Berkshire Hathaway stock more attractive. I'm as enamored with the holding company as the next person, but it is having a hard time convincing investors who've never owned its stock why they should get on board. With all the talk of it underperforming the S&P 500 in recent years, its sum-of-the-parts valuation still makes it one of the best value stocks to buy inside or outside the index. Long-time investors know this, hence why they continue to hold despite going into a second year of single-digit returns. Also, it's essential to add that its poor performance in 2018 was 739 basis points higher than the index. Verizon (VZ)Source: Shutterstock Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is the 10th-largest of VTV's 338 holdings with a weighting of 1.9%. The second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. is having a bad year, up just 4% year to date. Worse still, VZ stock is getting pulverized by AT&T (NYSE:T), which is up 14% year to date.In late May, I highlighted the reasons why I thought Verizon was a better buy than T stock.For me, it all comes down to the balance sheet. Verizon's is much healthier due to AT&T's massive purchase of WarnerMedia. AT&T supporters might view Verizon's advantage as a temporary one given HBO's future cash flow generation -- and I get that argument. However, because AT&T has long-term debt that's 71% of its market cap compared to 45% for Verizon -- with price-to-cash flow ratios almost identical -- if I'm a value investor, I have to go with the smaller of the two companies. * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today AT&T might deliver in the long haul, but the bigger margin of safety lies with Verizon. Caterpillar (CAT)Source: Anthony via FlickrCaterpillar (NYSE:CAT) is the 37th-largest of VTV's holdings with a weighting of 1.1%. The maker of heavy equipment for mines and construction is also having a bad year, up just 4.5% year to date through June 12. That's on top of a 17.3% decline in 2018.The problem for Caterpillar is that the construction industry, its most significant revenue source, could be slowing down. Furthermore, the Asia/Pacific market isn't performing well, and that's got investors worried about the future. As a result of these worries, Caterpillar stock lost more than 14% in May. The issues plaguing CAT stock at the moment have little to do with the company itself and more to do with the global economy. It's something that shareholders can't control. However, with a dividend yield of 3.1%, free cash flow of $4 billion, a free cash flow yield of 3.9%, and a forward P/E of 10.1, CAT stock appears to be trading at below fair value, making a bet on its stock a winning one over the long haul. Morgan Stanley (MS)Source: Shutterstock Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is the 52nd-largest of VTV's 338 holdings with a weighting of 0.82%. The global investment bank is having a decent year, up 11% year to date. When Morgan Stanley reported Q1 2019 results in April, they were nothing to write home about. That said, both its revenue and profits beat analyst expectations. The consensus was for earnings of $1.17 a share on $9.94 billion in revenue. MS delivered $1.39 a share in earnings on $10.3 billion in revenue. More importantly, the company's wealth management business, the company's largest, delivered revenues of $4.39 billion in the quarter, $200 million higher than the estimate. Since taking the reins, CEO James Gorman has focused Morgan Stanley on wealth management and that's ensuring it continues to generate significant revenues and profits. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 Yielding 2.8% and trading at 8.1 times forward earnings, MS stock is cheaper than a lot of the mainline banks. CVS Health (CVS)Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrCVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is the 40th-largest of VTV's 338 holdings with a weighting of 0.94%. Both CVS and its biggest competitor, Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA), are having terrible years on the market. CVS and WBA are down 16% and 22% year to date. CVS has been bogged down getting approval from regulators for its $69 billion takeover of Aetna in November. The retail pharmacy chain is transforming its business into a one-stop shop for health and wellness. Aetna's insurance plans will allow CVS to provide its customers with vertically integrated medical care. A report surfaced June 11 that suggested the federal court judge considering whether to allow the merger is leaning toward blocking it from happening. However, CVS strenuously denied that the rumor had any merit. I like CVS' transformation plan and fully expect the deal to go through. Trading at just 7 times cash flow and 8 times forward earnings, CVS is too cheap to ignore. Walt Disney (DIS)Source: Baron Valium via FlickrWalt Disney (NYSEDIS) is the 24th-largest of VTV's 338 holdings with a weighting of 1.56%. After three sub-par years in the markets -- up 0.6%, 4.7%, and 3.6% in 2016 through 2018 -- DIS stock is delivering like gangbusters for shareholders, up 30.2% year to date.I was a fan of Disney before it closed its $71-billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox and I'm still a fan. That being said, I did suggest in March that the Fox deal would do little to boost the company's share price. My feeling is that we won't be able to quantify the success of the deal for at least 3-5 years. In the meantime, Disney's going to be spending like a drunken sailor to ensure Disney+ is a Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) killer. I'm facetious, of course. No one, not even the world's largest entertainment company, is going to take Reed Hastings down. At least not overnight. InvestorPlace's Tom Taulli recently wrote a great piece about Disney and artificial intelligence. I recommend you read it. For me, Taulli's article exemplifies why you should own Disney stock -- its use of technology to entertain people is the best on the planet. * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 Disney's got a lot of moving parts and Bob Iger and the rest of its management team will continue to do what it takes to remain the world's biggest and best entertainment company. It's not dirt cheap, but it's worth every penny. PepsiCo (PEP)Source: Shutterstock PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) is the 17th-largest of VTV's 338 holdings with a weighting of 2.4%. Since long-time CEO Indra Nooyi stepped down in October, Pepsi stock is up 26.7%, an annualized total return of 40%.Before you get any ideas Nooyi was holding back PepsiCo stock; she delivered a cumulative total return of 136% over 17 years in the top job, including a significant stretch through the 2008 recession which saw PEP stock drop to below $20. The work she did to get the beverage and snack food maker in fighting form in recent years helped her successor, Ramon Laguarta, hit the ground running. Laguarta joined Pepsi Europe in 1996, moving up the ranks until becoming PepsiCo president in September 2017; ascending to the top role when Nooyi retired a year later. Nooyi built an exceptional bench of talent. Case in point: PepsiCo chief commercial officer Laxman Narasimhan just took the CEO job at Reckitt Benckiser (OTCMKTS:RBGLY) -- whose brands include Lysol, Woolite, Calgon, Scholl and Clearasil -- less than three months after being appointed to the newly created role at Pepsi. Pepsi reached on to its deep bench to appoint Ram Krishnan to replace Narasimhan. Krishnan currently runs the company's Greater China business. Trading near a 52-week high of $134.71, PepsiCo stock looks ready to continue moving higher. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less * 4 Dow Jones Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Caterpillar Inc NYSE:CATView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output in this company's sector is contracting Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for CAT with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting CAT. Money flowETF/Index ownership | PositiveETF activity is positive. Over the last month, ETFs holding CAT are favorable, with net inflows of $9.51 billion. Additionally, the rate of inflows is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managersâ€™ Index (PMI) data, output in the Industrialsis falling. The rate of decline is very significant relative to the trend shown over the past year, and is accelerating. The rate of contraction may ease in the coming months, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | NeutralThe current level displays a neutral indicator. CAT credit default swap spreads are within the middle of their range for the last three years.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Dubai, June 17, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Barloworld Limited and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
The story of slowing global growth that Wall Street has been telling itself in recent months added a new chapter Friday in the form of Chinese industrial production data. The news comes as the trade war between the Asian nation and the United States drags on and President Trump has threatened additional tariffs on Chinese goods.
Caterpillar's (CAT) global machine sales growth rate chart has been in the single digits so far this year, at levels last witnessed in 2017.
China accounts for up to 10% of the company's sales and is critical to its growth prospects as it is one of the world's largest commodities importers. Despite the drop, machine retail sales globally rose 6% during the period, the world's largest construction equipment maker said in a regulatory filing. Caterpillar had spooked investors in April when its first-quarter results showed rising costs hitting margins in its construction equipment business and tepid sales in the Asia-Pacific region pointing to subdued growth in China.
Global industry bellwether Caterpillar Inc said on Thursday its retail sales for machines used in construction and mining in the Asia-Pacific region fell 4% for the rolling three-month period ended May, pointing to weakness in China. China accounts for up to 10% of the company's sales and is critical to its growth prospects as it is one of the world's largest commodities importers. Despite the drop, machine retail sales globally rose 6% during the period, the world's largest construction equipment maker said in a regulatory filing https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/18230/000001823019000169/form8-kx2019mayretailstats.htm.
Between 2016 and 2018, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) earnings more than tripled. Unsurprisingly, the stock price soared. Caterpillar stock started 2016 near $60; it started 2018 roughly one hundred points higher.Source: Anthony via FlickrThere were several factors at play in earnings growth. Easy comparisons helped, certainly. Revenue fell 18% year-over-year in 2016. That was the fourth straight year in which sales declined, a first for the company. Not even during the Great Depression did Caterpillar's top line stay negative for so long. Those four years of declines also led to a great deal of pent-up demand, which has benefited results over the last nine quarters.In addition, Caterpillar aggressively cut costs: its headcount shrunk by 20% between the end of 2013 and the end of 2017. Corporate tax reform boosted EPS. Almost everything has gone right of late - but that hardly seems reflected in Caterpillar shares.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Indeed, over the last eighteen months, Caterpillar stock now has declined over 20%. Yet earnings still are expected to grow, if at a slower rate. Caterpillar is guiding for adjusted EPS this year (excluding a one-time tax benefit) of $11.75-$12.75, 5-14% above 2018 levels. Investors don't seem to care: the CAT stock price touched a 2019 low just week, and now sits at a little over 10x the midpoint of that guidance range.The issue is that investors aren't looking at 2019, or 2016. They're looking at 2020 and beyond. To some investors, that might present an opportunity. To others, it explains why the CAT stock price continues to fall and may have further to go. The Cyclical CATAlong with John Deere (NYSE:DE), Caterpillar is one of the most widely-held cyclical stocks. That's been particularly true this decade. Back in 2012, the company generated nearly $66 billion in revenue. That year, the so-called commodity supercycle driven in part by Chinese growth peaked, and Caterpillar sold billions of dollars of equipment to miners worldwide. Commodity prices collapsed, demand dried up, and the overhang of barely used equipment pressured sales for years.Indeed, Caterpillar's Resource Industries segment saw revenue drop by over 70 percent between 2012 and 2016. Operating profit went from over $4 billion to a loss of $1 billion. That business now has recovered - but a $1.6 billion profit in 2018 obviously sits well below early-decade peaks.That volatility explains, at least in part, why Caterpillar stock looks so cheap at the moment. Investors always know Caterpillar is a cyclical play, but the roller-coaster ride of this decade remains fresh in their memories. In theory, a cyclical stock should see its earnings multiple expand at the bottom as was the case in 2016 when savvy investors started buying CAT stock ahead of its rebound.Of course, that also means multiples should contract at the top, and it's the fear that we indeed are at, or near, the top that explains why the CAT stock price sits at barely 10x 2019 earnings per share. The Cycle Weighs on Caterpillar StockTo be sure, there are some company-specific factors as well. Caterpillar cited a $70 million direct impact from tariffs just in the first quarter, and trade war fears no doubt have weighed on CAT. Like other American firms including Deere, 3M (NYSE:MMM), and even Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the company also cited market share struggles in the Chinese market.But China only accounts for roughly 10% of Caterpillar revenue. Potential market share issues in one region don't offset the fact that Caterpillar earnings have soared - or that the company seems to be performing exceedingly well everywhere else.CAT's cheap multiple is a function primarily of cyclical worries. To be sure, it's not alone. Banks like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) look cheap. Homebuilders Lennar (NYSE:LEN) and D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI), too, trade at single-digit multiples, even after solid YTD rallies.Investors in these stocks, and in Caterpillar, are looking to ahead to looming trouble. That might be a trade war. It might just be the natural end of a U.S. economic expansion heading into its eleventh year. Caterpillar is a more global play. Over half of its sales come from outside North America, but the logic is the same. A slowdown is coming and investors don't want to own the stocks most likely to be affected. The Bet on CAT StockAnd so investors aren't really focused on 2019 results and they're not going to be. An extra dime or two in 2019 EPS doesn't matter much, if at all, if those earnings start declining in 2020 anyhow. UBS (NYSE:UBS) made that case last week, cutting its CAT stock price target to $115 while projecting a decrease in earnings next year.That's the problem for Caterpillar stock right now: there's not much Caterpillar can really do. It's cut costs so significantly of late that there's probably less room to react if sales do start turning negative. What growth it does muster in 2019 could well be overshadowed, or ignored, amid fears of what comes next. Moreso than other cyclicals, CAT is going to be held hostage to the broader sentiment toward the global economy.Of course, that's precisely what makes CAT so interesting, particularly near YTD lows. There is a nice case here for the stock. As Dana Blankenhorn pointed out last month, CAT is an attractive pick for income investors. The dividend already yields 3.3%, and Caterpillar management has promised further hikes going forward.Those hikes are presumably dependent on some degree of cooperation from the broader economy, but at least for now the dividend is well-covered.But even a 4% dividend isn't quite enough to turn bullish. An investor has to trust the global economy to go long CAT, even at these levels. And if an investor does see global macro worries as overdone, there are few better plays than Caterpillar stock.Another leg up in the global economy and particularly in demand for commodities like minerals, oil and natural gas would allow earnings to keep growing. CAT's earnings multiple likely would expand as well thanks to increased investor confidence. It's not unreasonable in that scenario to see Caterpillar stock clearing $200, something like 14-15x adjusted EPS of $14-$15. For what it's worth, the high Wall Street target price is exactly $200.It's not quite that simple but it's close. CAT is a bet on the global economy being better than feared. It's not a bet I'm quite willing to take but I can see why other investors might.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 * 6 Chinese Stocks to Sell That Are Suffering From a Digital Ad Slowdown * 4 Technology Stocks Blasting Higher Compare Brokers The post As Solid as It Is, Looming Fears Will Hold Back Caterpillar Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
U.S. stocks traded higher earlier Tuesday after Chinese policymakers revealed support for infrastructure projects, the latest effort by Beijing to keep the world's second-largest economy on solid footing despite the lingering trade war with the U.S.Source: Shutterstock However, the major domestic equity benchmarks could not hold those gains and traded progressively lower as the day wore on. When the closing bell range, the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 were lower by 0.01% and 0.03%, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its winning streak snapped as the blue-chip benchmark lost 0.05%.President Donald Trump continued his trade rhetoric aimed at China and renewed calls for a weaker dollar, though the Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEARCA:UUP) was mostly flat following those comments.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTrump took to Twitter to say the euro and other major currencies were devalued, putting the dollar at a disadvantage. UUP is up 2.3% this year after the dollar was the best-performing major currency last year, but some data points suggest traders are expecting the dollar to slump in the second half of this year as markets price in rising odds of an interest rate cut. Roll CallIn late trading on the Dow Jones today, 18 of the 30 members were in the green, though just a handful were higher by 1% or more. Industrial component Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), the largest maker of construction equipment, was the Dow's best performer on a percentage basis today. There was not much in the way of company-specific news out Tuesday pertaining to Caterpillar, but the company is sensitive to conversations about things like tariffs and the weaker dollar. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Caterpillar was beaten up in May, but the stock is higher by more than 4% over the past week, an encouraging sign for risk appetite. The stock is trying to work its way out of a bear market (still 19.90% below its 52-week high) and if it can gain another 4.4% to reclaim its 200-day moving average, there could be something to see here.Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) added 1.16% after iPhone supplier Foxconn said Tuesday that is the capability to shift iPhone assembly out of China if needed and that it has capacity in other locations to meet U.S. demand for the popular smartphone. About a quarter of Foxconn's production capacity is found outside of China.Apple is now on a six-day winning streak. CEO Tim Cook said last week he does not expect China to overtly target his company as a result of the trade war and analysts seem to think tariff talk as it pertain to Apple is mostly noise."The fundamental impact on iPhone production and the potential cost increases are thus far containable with shares baking in a much more draconian/worst-case scenario," said Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives in a recent note.As was noted here yesterday, the Dow's financial services components have been solid recently. While the group did not set the world on fire today, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) trader higher on the likelihood of higher dividends from the sector following completion of the Federal Reserve's stress tests."Large bank stocks could go still higher, boosted by double-digit dividend increases expected to be authorized under the Federal Reserve's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR, according to analysts at JPMorgan," reports Lawrence Strauss for Barron's. Bottom Line on the Dow Jones Today: Banks And Burgers?With dividends poised to rise, revenue streams that rely heavily on the U.S. and surprisingly low volatility, bank stocks, including those in the Dow, are sensible ideas for investors to consider over the near-term.Add burgers into that conversation as Dow component McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) continues trading higher. On Tuesday, UBS reiterated a "neutral" rating on the stock, but did boost its price target to $203 from $185. Shares of McDonald's are up nearly 14% this year, so it is not clear why UBS is not rating the stock a "buy" while raising its price target, but more upside appears imminent for the fast-food giant.As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 * 6 Chinese Stocks to Sell That Are Suffering From a Digital Ad Slowdown * 4 Technology Stocks Blasting Higher Compare Brokers The post Dow Jones Today: It Should Have Been Better appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Wall Street's main indexes rose 1% on Friday, as a sharp slowdown in May domestic job growth raised hopes of an interest rate cut, while Washington's decision to delay tariffs on Chinese goods added to the upbeat mood. The S&P 500 is up 4.8% this week, putting it on pace for its best weekly gain since November, on rising expectations that the Fed would turn more accommodative to blunt the impact of escalating trade tensions. "We've seen a bit of slowing in jobs growth which will embolden those in the rate cut camp," said Michael Antonelli, market strategist at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.
Stocks with a positive early tone included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Financials, which had been smacked most of the last month, were among the best performing sectors yesterday and stayed in the green early Wednesday as well. This was the first major buying interest the stock market has seen in weeks, as people mainly had stayed on the sidelines or bought Treasuries.