Why Caterpillar (CAT) is a Top Growth Stock for the Long-Term

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If you're looking at stocks with a #3 (Hold) rank, it's important they have Scores of A or B as well to ensure as much upside potential as possible.As mentioned above, the Scores are designed to work with the Zacks Rank, so any change to a company's earnings outlook should be a deciding factor when picking which stocks to buy.For instance, a stock with a #4 (Sell) or #5 (Strong Sell) rating, even one that boasts Scores of A and B, still has a downward-trending earnings forecast, and a much greater likelihood its share price will decline as well.Thus, the more stocks you own with a #1 or #2 Rank and Scores of A or B, the better.Stock to Watch: Caterpillar (CAT)Caterpillar, known for its iconic yellow machines, is the largest global construction and mining equipment manufacturer. 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DatumRatingAnalyst
31.10.2023Caterpillar OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
01.07.2020Caterpillar buyDeutsche Bank AG
29.04.2020Caterpillar overweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
28.04.2020Caterpillar buyGoldman Sachs Group Inc.
24.10.2019Caterpillar overweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
DatumRatingAnalyst
31.10.2023Caterpillar OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
01.07.2020Caterpillar buyDeutsche Bank AG
29.04.2020Caterpillar overweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
28.04.2020Caterpillar buyGoldman Sachs Group Inc.
24.10.2019Caterpillar overweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
DatumRatingAnalyst
03.04.2019Caterpillar HoldDeutsche Bank AG
26.12.2018Caterpillar AccumulateStandpoint Research
07.09.2018Caterpillar PerformOppenheimer & Co. Inc.
31.07.2018Caterpillar Equal WeightBarclays Capital
25.10.2017Caterpillar Sector PerformRBC Capital Markets
DatumRatingAnalyst
26.02.2019Caterpillar SellUBS AG
26.01.2017Caterpillar SellStandpoint Research
25.01.2016Caterpillar SellGoldman Sachs Group Inc.
05.01.2015Caterpillar UnderweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
01.02.2010Caterpillar nicht anfassenFrankfurter Tagesdienst

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