CAT - Caterpillar Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
114.06
-3.83 (-3.25%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

115.10 +1.04 (0.91%)
Pre-Market: 4:15AM EDT

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Previous Close117.89
Open116.25
Bid115.07 x 1000
Ask116.00 x 800
Day's Range113.32 - 116.90
52 Week Range112.06 - 159.37
Volume6,105,282
Avg. Volume4,118,717
Market Cap64.169B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.45
PE Ratio (TTM)10.61
EPS (TTM)10.75
Earnings DateOct 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield4.12 (3.49%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-07-19
1y Target Est141.67
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  • Huawei’s “life or death crisis”
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    Huawei’s “life or death crisis”

    Huawei’s Chairmen and Founder Ren Zhengfei said that the company is facing a “life or death crisis” as pressure from U.S. tariffs continues. Huawei expects no relief from the U.S. suctions but is confident the company will not be crushed. Yahoo Finance’s Dan Roberts, Kristin Myers and Heidi Chung discuss.

  • Want a U.S. Recession? Try Trump’s China Divestment Plan
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    Want a U.S. Recession? Try Trump’s China Divestment Plan

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Is President Donald Trump serious about forcing American companies out of China? His advisers talk like it.The president would have the authority for such a move, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic director Larry Kudlow said in television interviews while their boss was at the G-7 – though there’s “nothing right now in the cards,” Kudlow added.Trump had suggested the policy in a series of Tweets capping a week marked by tussles with the Fed and China: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”There’s a difference, though, between what’s possible and what’s advisable – especially given the way the world economy seems to be teetering on the edge of a downturn. Ten-year Treasury yields fell to their lowest level since 2016 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped the most in nearly four months Monday as fears of a deeper trade conflict ramped up.The U.S. president has extraordinarily wide-ranging powers granted by the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act. There are around 29 national emergencies ongoing under the terms of the law, which was originally intended to ensure such decision-making didn’t get perpetually stuck in Congress. The powers were last invoked in May when Trump threatened tariffs on Mexico if it didn’t stop flows of migrants.The question now is whether Trump would follow through or, as in the Mexican case, fold. The likelier result is the latter because, as with the U.S. banking sector in 2008, the investments of American businesses in China are too big to fail.The U.S. had a stock of $107.6 billion in foreign direct investment in China in 2017, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – a figure that’s likely to be larger now in spite of trade tensions, since FDI stocks rarely fall outright. On top of that, it’s worth considering the $81.2 billion in FDI in Hong Kong and the $2.5 billion in Macau, given the risk that a crackdown by the Chinese government in Hong Kong threatens that territory’s special status – a prospect that’s already been raised by lawmakers and officials in Washington.What would sanctions on China look like? The act has mostly been used to freeze assets of targeted countries and prohibit U.S. businesses from transactions involving those countries; the tariffs proposed in May against Mexico were a relatively novel use of the powers. Either way, the stated intention would be to force American businesses to divest their assets in China, a sum that’s potentially as high as $191.3 billion.That’s an alarmingly large sum. The reduction in the value of U.S. commercial banking sector assets between their peak in December 2008 and their trough in March 2010 was only $801 billion, and that shift was enough to provoke a financial crisis from which the world is still recovering. Much smaller reductions can easily spark downturns: The decline in the value of U.S. commercial and industrial loans from their highest point before the 2001 recession to their low in 2004 was $231 billion, or around $310 billion in 2019 dollars.U.S. businesses forced to sell out of China almost certainly wouldn’t end up writing their assets down to zero – but in such a chaotic fire-sale, they’d be unlikely to get a good price. Beyond that, there would be a loss of revenue for businesses such as General Motors Co., Caterpillar Inc. and Boeing Co., which count China as one of their largest markets. That would compound the problem of servicing loans taken to acquire now-sold assets in the country.Of course, such a scenario is so dramatic as to be improbable. More likely, given the bipartisan anti-China sentiment in Washington, is a scenario where economic relations between China and the U.S. gradually dwindle over the years ahead.Even Trump probably wouldn’t follow through on a sudden stop and divestment, because the effects on the world’s already-shaky economy are simply too serious to contemplate. The idea of a forced withdrawal from China may be scary for U.S. businesses. In truth, it’s a paper tiger.To contact the author of this story: David Fickling at dfickling@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick McDowell at pmcdowell10@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.David Fickling is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities, as well as industrial and consumer companies. He has been a reporter for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Guardian.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • 3 Major Casualties of China’s New Tariffs
    TipRanks

    3 Major Casualties of China’s New Tariffs

    The US-China trade tensions have taken a turn for the worse in recent days. On Friday, China announced new tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported American goods, and a resumption of the 5% tariff on automotive parts. The new tariffs, to set between 5% and 10% and come into effect in steps on September 1 and December 15, include levies on electronics and machinery. President Trump responded in his customary fashion, by Tweet, saying in part, “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” He added that the trade situation represents an opportunity for the US.Investors don’t seem to agree. Markets reacted to China’s and Trump’s announcements by plunging. Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones averages fell 2.4% in Friday’s trading, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ slipped 3%. The losses were widespread, and not confined to any one sector of the market. Major companies with large exposure to the China trade were especially hard-hit. Here we take a look at three of those casualties. Apple, Inc. (AAPL)The world’s second largest publicly traded company lost 4.62% in the Friday market rout, falling over $9.80 per share. That Apple would prove particularly sensitive to shifts in the ‘trade war’ is no surprise; the Chinese market is Apple’s second largest, accounting for more than 18% of the company’s total revenues. The tit-for-tat tariff actions taken by the US and China have threatened the trade in electronics – and Apple’s supply chain. In response, the company is considering a drastic measure: the shift of 15% to 30% of its production from China to other areas of Southeast Asia. That Apple would consider such a drastic move underlines the risks of the trade war for the high-tech sector.Pointing out that nearly all of Apple’s flagship product line, the iPhone, is assembled in China, 4-star analyst Daniel Ives, from Wedbush, described Friday’s trade-war ramp-up as “a gut punch to Cupertino.” Even with that, however, Ives still sees Apple as a stock worth buying, and his $245 price target on AAPL shares suggest an upside of 20%.Despite the beating it took on Friday, AAPL retains its Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus. The stock has received 16 buys, 10 holds, and 1 sell in the past three months, with 6 of those buy ratings coming in just the last three weeks. Apple stock is trading for $202, and the average price target o $226 gives it an 11% upside potential. Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)Caterpillar was hurting before this latest iteration of the trade conflict. The company is a major manufacturer and supplier of heavy construction and excavation equipment, with customers around the world. The general slowdown in the global economy has been eating into Cat’s sales, including in China, and the escalation in the tariff fight has made a difficult situation worse.The deterioration of Caterpillar’s position is made clear by the company’s losses in Friday’s trading: CAT stock fell 3.25%. The Friday losses come after CAT slipped more than 12% in August, following a 10.25% EPS reported for the second quarter.Cat hasn’t got an easy way out of its difficulties, either. According to 4-star analyst Jerry Revich, of Goldman Sachs, the construction industry is seeing rising inventories of trucks and construction machines; he predicts that there will have to be production cuts on the manufacturing end next year. In line with that, he gives CAT a Hold rating and a $130 price target.Stephens analyst Ashish Gupta agrees, saying, “For Caterpillar, excess dealer inventory means lower reported sales in coming quarters.” He goes on to add that, “The U.S. China trade war and Chinese impact on global commodity markets are reasons to avoid the stock right now. China accounts for a huge portion of global metals and energy consumption. A slowing Chinese economy has large ripple effects for the entire resource industry—a key consumer of Caterpillar products.” Ashish rates CAT as a Sell, with a low $100 price target.CAT is the lowest rated of the stocks in this list, with a Hold from the analyst consensus. The consensus rating is based on 7 buys, 5 holds, and 4 sells set in the past three months. The stocks’ share price of $114 and average price target of $136 still give it an upside potential of 19%. Deere & Company (DE)Like Caterpillar, Deere is a major manufacturer of heavy machinery; in this case, farm and agricultural equipment. And also like Caterpillar, Deere has been suffering as worldwide economic conditions have slowed down. And in a final similarity, Deere reported disappointing EPS in its most recent quarter, missing the forecast by 3.32%.China’s largest import from the US is agricultural products, especially soybeans. As the Chinese government cracks down on trade, with retaliatory measures, US farmers are watching their prospects for a profitable year go up in smoke. And that leads them to cut back on sales and maintenance of their heavy equipment, dealing a double punch to Deere in its domestic market. At the same time, the company is facing direct headwinds from the new Chinese tariffs. Deere stock lost 5.37% in Friday's market retreat. Rising factory production costs and bad weather, which would have been news stories in a normal year, have simply dealt additional blows to an already vulnerable company.At the same time, even with this perfect storm working against it, DE shares are getting upbeat reviews from Wall Street’s analysts. Writing from Credit Suisse, 4-star analyst Jamie Cook says of the quarterly report, “…expectations were sufficiently low heading into the print reflecting macro/trade war uncertainty, commodity prices and unfavorable weather which delayed planting,” and reiterates his belief that the company will beat the headwinds in the long run. He raises his price target on Deere to $197 (up 12%), suggesting an upside of 34%.From BMO Capital, Joel Tiss acknowledges slowing North American sales and a flat early-order program, but points out, “…the overall sales value was higher because of better take rates of innovative technologies and bigger machines.” Like Cook, Tiss gives Deere a Buy rating. His $175 implies a 19% upside potential.Deere is another stock with a Moderate Buy from the analyst consensus, this one based on 9 buys and 4 holds. The stock is selling for $147, has a $167 average price target, and an upside potential of 14%.Visit TipRanks’ Analysts’ Top Stocks tool, and find out which stocks are trending now Wall Street’s top market watchers.Disclosure: This author is long on AAPL.

  • Reuters

    On-off trade tariffs wreak havoc on U.S. company planning

    Win Cramer thought his company was out of the firing line in the escalating Sino-U.S. trade war after his "Made-in-China" wireless headphones, speakers and earbuds were taken off Washington's tariff list a year ago. Little did the JLab Audio chief executive know that nine months later those products would again be targeted, posing an even greater risk to his California-based company. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly put off new 10% tariffs on about half of $300 billion of targeted Chinese imports until Dec. 15.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow's 100-point drop led by losses for shares of Caterpillar, Dow Inc.

    DOW UPDATE Dragged down by declines for shares of Caterpillar and Dow Inc., the Dow Jones Industrial Average is falling Friday morning. The Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 104 points, or 0.4%, lower, as shares of Caterpillar (CAT) and Dow Inc.

  • Why Is Caterpillar (CAT) Down 12.5% Since Last Earnings Report?
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    Why Is Caterpillar (CAT) Down 12.5% Since Last Earnings Report?

    Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

  • 3 Stocks That Would Be Hurt by a Strong Dollar
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    3 Stocks That Would Be Hurt by a Strong Dollar

    The greenback has been in rally mode since late June, and now the U.S. Dollar Index is approaching multi-year highs. The strong dollar will create winners and losers. Which stocks are likely to suffer a negative impact from the strong dollar?

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    The Fed Has Crossed the Interest Rate Rubicon

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  • Cummins's Guidance Raises Red Flags for Caterpillar
    Motley Fool

    Cummins's Guidance Raises Red Flags for Caterpillar

    When peers warn about slowing end markets, it's usually a good idea to take heed.

  • All 30 Dow Stocks Ranked: The Analysts Weigh In
    Kiplinger

    All 30 Dow Stocks Ranked: The Analysts Weigh In

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average - that elite group of 30 industry-leading dividend payers - is having a very good year. True, the blue-chip average has lost about 1,350 points since hitting an all-time closing high on July 15, but all told, the collection of Dow stocks still is up a healthy 12% for the year-to-date.That's just on a price basis alone. Factor in dividends (the industrial average yields a decent-though-not-spectacular 2.1%), and the Dow has delivered a total return of 13% so far this year.But not all Dow stocks are created equal. Although all these names have solid pedigrees, their short-to-intermediate term prospects diverge widely - at least as far as Wall Street analysts are concerned.For investors who want to pick and choose among the bluest of blue chips, we sorted the Dow 30 by analysts' average recommendation. S&P; Global Market Intelligence surveys analysts' stock calls and scores them on a five-point scale, where 1.0 equals a Strong Buy and 5.0 is a Strong Sell. Any score lower than 3.0 (Hold) means that analysts, on average, rate the stock as being buy-worthy. The closer a score gets to 1.0, the better.Here's a look at how analysts rate all 30 Dow stocks right now - and why. SEE ALSO: 57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019

  • Is Caterpillar a Value Stock to Buy Now?
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    Is Caterpillar a Value Stock to Buy Now?

    Analyzing its prospects from a long-term perspective.

  • Dow Jones Today: A Fantastic Friday
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    Dow Jones Today: A Fantastic Friday

    Despite more speculation that recession clouds are gathering, stocks cobbled together impressive gains to close another wild week. I mentioned earlier this week that some of the more important European economies, including Germany, are on the cusp of economic contractions and that are likely to spur the European Central Bank (ECB) into action.That was one catalyst for today's rally: talk that the ECB won't be sitting on the sidelines much longer and will attempt something with monetary policy aimed at perking up the region's sagging economies.Here in the U.S., it still seems like a stretch to say that a recession is imminent, but the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index reading out today could be cause for concern for fans of President Donald Trump. That survey indicates independent and republican voters are growing concerned about the economy and could be apt to rein in spending. That data point was revealed just a day after the president spoke glowingly about the economy and the strength of the American consumer.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On Even with all the recession chatter, the Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.67% while the S&P 500 climbed 1.44%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week with a gain of 1.20%. Fun fact, at least for day traders or those that like volatility: the S&P 500 has had intraday moves of at least 1% for nearly three straight trading weeks. Tariff TalkThese days, it's almost possible to discuss stocks, particularly many of the Dow members, with talking about tariffs. Plenty of stocks are more tariff-sensitive than others, and JPMorgan was talking about a few of those names today.Remember that while President Trump backed off some of the tariffs on Chinese goods set to go into effect on Sept. 1, he did not back off all of those levies. And the ones not going into effect next month were not eliminated. Those were merely delayed until mid-December.As for companies likely to be affected by the Sept.1 tariffs, those names include Dow components Dow (NYSE:DOW) and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT). Somehow, Dow, the chemicals maker, was the second-best performer in the Dow today while industrial machinery maker Caterpillar was a solid gainer as well, adding 0.97%.Regarding Dow members that could be pinched by the December tariffs, assuming those penalties go into effect, JPMorgan includes Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) on that list. However, both stocks closed higher today.The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) has been receiving elevated trade-related mentions, according to JPMorgan. Still, Home Depot is a heavily domestic company and the shares added 0.92% today ahead of next Tuesday's earnings report. Bad Bank Stocks on the DowEach of the Dow's financial services components, including JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), the largest U.S. bank, closed higher today. I mention this because, yes, banks are being drilled by declining net interest margin expectations at the hands of lower interest rates, but also because recent price action in the sector confirms investors can be confounded by analyst chatter.Just last week, a Wells Fargo analyst said valuations on bank stocks are attractive, but today the same analyst said "there is no way to sugar coat the negative impact of lower interest rates" on banks' net interest margins and per share earnings.As I pointed out a couple of times during financial services earnings season, the net interest margin issued was raised on a slew of bank earnings calls and at this point, should be baked into these stocks. Dow Jones Bottom LineWith all the aforementioned recession chatter swirling, the good news is that the Federal Reserve will not take that talk lightly and it is becoming increasingly likely that there could be another two rate cuts before the end of this year.While that may be good news, the risk is that with rates already so low by historical standards, the effectiveness of more rate reductions may not be up to investors' current expectations. Time will tell on that front, but the near-term path of least resistance would be for trade wars to cease.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Dow Jones Today: A Fantastic Friday appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Investors Should Buy General Electric Stock on Its Latest Decline
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    Investors Should Buy General Electric Stock on Its Latest Decline

    General Electric (NYSE:GE) stock price plunged more than 11% yesterday after forensic accountant Harry Markopolos issued a report accusing the conglomerate of massive accounting fraud and predicted that it could go bankrupt soon. GE stock price is climbing 6.5% today but remains about 20% below its July 24 levels.Source: JPstock / Shutterstock.com Known for reporting Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme to the federal government years before Madoff was caught, Markopolos' has earned some credibility with The Street.Yet, for multiple reasons, including Markopolos' history and recent conduct, I'm very skeptical about his conclusions. For these reasons, I recommend that risk-tolerant investors buy General Electric stock on weakness.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Markopolos Can Make Money if the Street Believes His StoryAccording to CNBC, Markopolos said that a mid-sized, U.S.-based hedge fund had agreed to give him "a decent percentage of profits" that it would earn by betting on the decline of GE stock. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On Let's say that the hedge fund bet $100 million against GE stock, and that it, using put options, made $50 million on the trade. Let's say that Markopolos' percentage was 20%. He would then of course earn $10 million on the deal. That's a pretty high sum for putting together a report and appearing on a few TV shows.And, if Markopolos' report had not been negative enough to push GE stock price down, it appears he would earn nothing on the deal. So, I'd say calling him pretty biased when it comes to GE stock would be a huge understatement.My confidence in the accountant isn't increased by his refusal to name the hedge fund that's paying him or the exact percentage of their profit he's getting. And in my opinion his statement that his report was "self-funded" could make some people mistakenly believe that he has no profit motive in this case. As somebody who scathingly criticized GE for a lack of transparency, Markopolos' own lack of transparency is puzzling and disappointing. Markopolos' Past Prophecies Haven't Come TrueMarkopolos, of course, was spot on about Madoff, but his warnings about insurance companies haven't been nearly as prophetic. As CNBC noted, his case centers around GE's long-term care insurance unit.Interestingly, in an interview published by Business Insider in November 2016, Markopolos alleged that all sorts of fraud was rampant across the insurance sector."I have some large insurance fraud cases that I'm going to make public in 2017. And they're going to be in the tens of billions of dollars each. … Basically the insurance industry is where the banking industry was in 2007," he told Business Insider. But over two years later, I can't find any references to insurance fraud exposed by Markopolos. Does anybody else hear a wolf? America Doesn't Crack Down Hard on Illegal Conduct by CompaniesIn his report, Markopolos compared GE to two of the very few large American companies that collapsed due to illegal conduct: Enron and WorldCom.But the reality is that the vast majority of large firms that violate the law do survive, and many thrive. For example, American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) were charged with committing fraud during the financial crisis. Toshiba (OTCMKTS:TOSBF) had its own accounting scandal in 2015. They all managed to survive and thrive since then. More recently, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) has admitted to various fraudulent actions. Multiple hospital-chain owners have admitted to Medicare fraud. None of them have gone out of business, either. So even if GE did commit fraud or break laws, the chances of it disappearing are pretty low. Most of GE's Problems Involve a SubsidiaryAs CNBC pointed out, most of Markopolos' allegations of insolvency and lack of liquidity relate to GE's long-term insurance business. He identifies Employers Reassurance Corporation as the source of much of the debt he says GE owes.But ERAC is a subsidiary of GE, rather than part of the company itself. Interestingly, earlier this year, another GE subsidiary, sub-prime lender WMC Mortgage, went bankrupt. Although I'm not a legal or financial expert, I do think it's fair to wonder why GE cannot get rid of most of its debt stemming from ERAC by simply having the unit declare bankruptcy. Apparently, bankruptcies by insurers are not unheard of or illegal. Why Would Culp Join a Corrupt Company?General Electric CEO Larry Culp is in an altogether different situation than the CEOs of Enron and WorldCom were. In the latter two cases, the long-time heads of the companies were involved in fraud for years.Culp, by contrast, just joined GE at the end of last year. At that point, Markopolos alleges that GE had already started their fraudulent practices. By all accounts, Culp was tremendously respected for the turnaround he engineered while he was CEO of Danaher (NYSE:DHR).If Markopolos' accusations are true, Culp either did not examine GE's financial situation prior to taking the job, didn't understand its financial situation or knew that it was about to crash but, for some reason, didn't care about wrecking his sterling managerial reputation. None of those scenarios seems very likely. General Electric Stock's Fundamentals Are StrengtheningDespite the bears' insistence that GE stock is doomed and its fundamentals are collapsing, there are concrete signs that the company's fundamentals are improving or are poised to improve.The oracle of the GE stock bears, JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa, reported that GE's second quarter was an operational miss and that the company's fundamentals had worsened.But, as I pointed out in a previous column, the gas power segment of GE's Power unit jumped 27% in the first half of the year, and the company's overall backlog jumped 11% year-over-year. Culp reported that GE Power would benefit from positive trends going forward, including strong demand for natural gas in Asia. Moreover, despite temporary problems, the company's Aviation unit received a record $55 billion of orders at the Paris Air Show in June.Meanwhile, Greentech reported earlier this month that U.S. wind energy development accelerated in the second quarter, which should boost GE's renewable energy unit. Additionally, New York and New Jersey are going all-in on offshore wind, which also bodes well for GE.Finally, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) reported that the orders of its power business surged 17% year-over-year. Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD), which sells parts to GE, said that its gas turbine business is improving. And Barclays analysts reported that U.S. power turbine orders jumped more than 12% year-over-year.Based on all of those numbers and fundamental catalysts, I really can't see how Tusa can state with confidence that GE's fundamentals are worse. I also am not very confident at all about Markopolos' charges, so I would recommend buying GE stock on weakness.As of this writing, Larry Ramer was long GE. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Investors Should Buy General Electric Stock on Its Latest Decline appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • One Small City Beat the Texas Heat That Sent Power Price Soaring
    Bloomberg

    One Small City Beat the Texas Heat That Sent Power Price Soaring

    (Bloomberg) -- On Tuesday afternoon, as virtually all of Texas was facing the prospect of rolling blackouts and electricity prices skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, a small city on the southeastern edge of the state was so awash in power that it was basically giving the stuff away for free.Welcome to Victoria. Population: 63,000. This city, in the heart of the Lone Star State’s “Golden Crescent” region, isn’t known for much beyond plastics factories and chemical plants. A business roster of the local Chamber of Commerce boasts some big names including Formosa Plastics Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. It’s these industrial roots that may have saved it from one of the biggest power price spikes Texas has ever seen.Victoria’s giant industrial complexes are capable of making their own power with on-site generators. They’re handy resources when the state’s entire grid is running out of reserves and electricity is selling for $9,000 a megawatt-hour, more than anywhere else in America. While the rest of Texas was facing a shortage, these plants may have ramped up their own power generation, creating a supply glut in the city because of a lack of space on transmission lines.“Power plants around Victoria went full bore,” said Adam Jordan, an analyst at Genscape. The limits of the grid turned the area into a tiny island where -- as wild as it sounds -- electricity was selling for as low as negative $250 a megawatt-hour.Power grid operators call this phenomenon “congestion.” Indeed, when asked about extremely low prices there on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it “related to transmission congestion around the Victoria area.” At one point, a color-coded map of electricity prices on Ercot’s website was covered in bright red -- the shade for power trading at thousands of dollars a megawatt-hour. Victoria stood out as the lone cool-blue spot where electricity was below zero.The region may have been trying to cash in on soaring electricity prices by making their own power and feeding it onto the grid. But the ramp-up threatened to overload transmission lines that export power to big cities like Houston. The negative power prices signal to generators that they need to back off. “Ercot wanted power everywhere but there,” Jordan said.“These plants that self-serve are always looking to capture high prices when they can,” Josh Danial, a BloombergNEF analyst, said in an interview. The swings in power generation from these so-called private-use networks, he said, have actually sparked some controversy in the market as traders and power-plant operators can’t track their capacity, making it challenging to forecast prices.Victoria may have also turned into a power oasis on Tuesday as the region’s industrial giants idled some operations, said Adam Sinn, president of Aspire Commodities LLC. Big customers like them get paid to cut demand when electricity use is soaring, through programs known as demand response.“Either the plants shut off in demand response,” Sinn said, “or they shut off and started using their on-site private generation for the grid.”Caterpillar and Formosa didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Martin in New York at cmartin11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at ldoan6@bloomberg.net, Pratish NarayananFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Barrons.com

    Sell Caterpillar Stock Because the World Is Slowing Down, Analyst Says

    Stephens launched coverage of Caterpillar with an Underweight rating, the equivalent of a sell, citing worries about global growth.

  • Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Macy???s, Amazon, McDonalds, Caterpillar, CSX Corp., Borg Warner
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    Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Macy???s, Amazon, McDonalds, Caterpillar, CSX Corp., Borg Warner

    Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Macy???s, Amazon, McDonalds, Caterpillar, CSX Corp., Borg Warner

  • Retail Weakness & Consumer Spending
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    Retail Weakness & Consumer Spending

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  • Deere & Co. (DE) Earnings Preview: Trade War and Tractors
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    Deere & Co. (DE) Earnings Preview: Trade War and Tractors

    Deere & Company (DE) closed up a slight 0.08% Tuesday; shares were likely positively affected after the Trump administration pushed back a new wave of tariffs from September to December 15, raising hopes of a trade deal.

  • Top Research Reports: Amazon, Caterpillar, Vertex & More
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    Top Research Reports: Amazon, Caterpillar, Vertex & More

    Top Research Reports: Amazon, Caterpillar, Vertex & More

  • Stocks - Wall Street Tumbles After Brief Yield Curve Inversion
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    Stocks - Wall Street Tumbles After Brief Yield Curve Inversion

    Investing.com – Wall Street slumped on Wednesday after the yield curve on the 2-year and 10-year Treasury note briefly inverted for the first time since 2007, increasing fears of a recession.

  • Benzinga

    Malaysia's Sime Darby Buys Gough Of New Zealand

    Kuala Lumpur-headquartered trading conglomerate Sime Darby (BMB: 4197) of Malaysia has conditionally acquired the privately held automotive and construction machinery dealer Gough Group of Christchurch, New Zealand. Commenting on the sale, Gough Group Chairman Keith Sutton said: "we are confident that, under Sime Darby's ownership, the outlook for the business will be strengthened, service to customers enhanced, and opportunities for our employees improved. Sime Darby noted in a statement that Gough owns the Caterpillar dealership in New Zealand along with interests in the transport and materials handling sectors in both Australia and New Zealand.

  • Caterpillar July Retail Sales Up 4%, Resource Industries Peaks
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    Caterpillar July Retail Sales Up 4%, Resource Industries Peaks

    Despite Caterpillar's (CAT) overall retail sales growth hitting a low point in July, Resource Industries segment holds promise.

  • Why Caterpillar (CAT) is a Great Dividend Stock Right Now
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