Does Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Have Insiders Buying Shares?


As of Friday close, Caterpillar Inc.’s (NYSE:CAT) stock was down -$3.7, moving down -1.69 percent to $215.01. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 4,973,920 shares. 2 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$12.00 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 3,468,700, while in the previous 50 days, it was 3,519,382.

Since last month, CAT stock retreated -13.55%. Shares of the company fell to $211.43 on 03/17/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $266.04 was reached on 01/27/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $160.60. Since the beginning of this year, CAT’s stock price has dropped by -10.25% or -$24.55, and marked a new high 10 times. However, the stock has declined by -19.18% since its 52-week high.

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CAT stock investors should be aware that Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 29 days ago on Feb 17. MacLennan David, the Director of the company, purchased of 400 shares for $249.29 on Feb 17. It resulted in a $99,716 investment by the insider. Long Suzette M sold 8,000 shares at an average price of $251.04 on Feb 09. The insider now owns 8,776 shares following the transaction. On Feb 06, Director DICKINSON DANIEL M sold 6,070 shares at $251.22 apiece. The transaction was valued at $1,524,905.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) has a P/E ratio of about 17.01. The stock’s beta is 1.09. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.98, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 7.01, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 29.24 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $1.20 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $1.20. On Wednesday June 8 2022, a $0.09 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended December 30, Caterpillar Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 0.90, while its current ratio was 1.40, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending December 30 was 1.62, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 2.33. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 30.80% percent. In the year ended December 30, operating margins totaled 13.30%. Based on annual data, CAT earned $18.08 billion in gross profit and brought in $59.43 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 11.00%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 41.70%.

In Caterpillar Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for December 30, it reported total debt of $9.5 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. CAT’s revenue rose 16.86% to $14.99 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $16.6 billion. While analysts expected Caterpillar Inc. to report $4.02 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $4.27 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 6.20%. During the quarter, the company generated $3.35 billion in EBITDA. The liabilities of Caterpillar Inc. were 66.05 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended December 30, and its total debt was $36.99 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $516.35 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Caterpillar Inc.’s (CAT) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 31.98%, the RSI 9-day stood at 23.58% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Caterpillar Inc. price is down by -5.29% percent or -$12.00. At present, CAT shares trade -12.78% below its 20-day simple moving average and +13.03% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -10.92% below its SMA50 and -0.39% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 11.07% and Stochastic coefficient D was 11.40%, while ATR was 7.70. Given the Stochastic reading of 8.09% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 29.00%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -12.36, while the 14-day reading stands at -19.71.

Analyst Ratings

Caterpillar Inc. downgraded its rating on Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) to a Sell in a note to investors on March 10, 2023. The analysts firm previously had a Neutral rating on the stock.


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