Sell-Side Analyst's Predictions: Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Salesforce.com, inc. (CRM)

In Industrial Goods sector, shares of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) by 1.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. (CAT) have 587.53 million outstanding shares now held by all its shareholders, including share blocks held by institutional investors and restricted shares owned by the company's officers and insiders. KBC Group NV's holdings in Caterpillar were worth $5,559,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC increased its position in shares of Caterpillar by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Welch Gru Limited holds 0.15% of its portfolio in Caterpillar Inc. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 141,409 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $13,115,000 after buying an additional 28,811 shares during the period. Northstar Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Caterpillar by 0.3% in the first quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,215 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 65 shares during the last quarter.

WARNING: "Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) Stake Boosted by First Personal Financial Services" was first published by Sports Perspectives and is the property of of Sports Perspectives. Ledyard National Bank now owns 1,425 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $132,000 after buying an additional 845 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ledyard National Bank boosted its position in Caterpillar by 145.7% in the first quarter. The institutional investor owned 1,198 shares of the industrial products company's stock after buying an additional 750 shares during the period. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC now owns 2,303 shares of the industrial products company's stock worth $214,000 after buying an additional 9 shares during the period. The "percentage off the 52-week high or low" refers to when a stock current price is relative to where it has traded over the last 52 weeks. (NYSE CAT) opened at 108.77 on Friday. (CAT) stock price comparison to its moving averages, shares of company are 4.15% away from the 50-day moving average and 2.18% away from 20-day average. The company has market cap of $64.26 billion.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th.

The stock has a Return on Assets of -0.2 percent, Return on Investment of 0.6 percent and a Return on Equity of -1 percent. The business had revenue of $9.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.27 billion. Next quarter's EPS is expected be $0.88 and the next full year EPS is anticipated to be $5.31. On average, equities analysts forecast that Caterpillar, Inc. will post $4.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, August 19th. The ex-dividend date is Thursday the 20th of April 2017. This is a boost from Caterpillar's previous quarterly dividend of $0.77. This represents a $3.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.87%. Caterpillar has a payout ratio of 75.4% meaning its dividend is now covered by earnings, but may not be in the future if the company's earnings decline. Trust Investment Advisors raised its position in Caterpillar by 0.3% in the first quarter. If you are viewing this piece on another publication, it was copied illegally and reposted in violation of USA and worldwide trademark & copyright legislation. (NYSE:CAT). Edgar Lomax Va reported 515,624 shares. Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Caterpillar from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $105.00 to $120.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 11th. Goldman Sachs upgraded Caterpillar Inc. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Caterpillar from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $121.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday. Stifel Nicolaus cut their target price on shares of Caterpillar from $111.00 to $95.00 and set a "hold" rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Vetr lowered shares of Caterpillar from a "sell" rating to a "strong sell" rating and set a $86.90 target price on the stock.in a report on Tuesday, April 25th.

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