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Evercorse ISI downgrades Caterpillar stock, sees industrials cooling

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 20/02/2024, 08:10 pm
Updated 20/02/2024, 08:10 pm
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On Tuesday, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) received a rating downgrade from Evercore ISI, moving from Outperform to In Line. The firm also adjusted the price target for the stock to $338 from the previous $321. This change comes as the analyst at Evercore ISI decided to take a neutral stance on the industrial sector, downgrading Caterpillar along with Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) and Timken for similar reasons.

The analyst noted that despite the increase in target prices for these companies, the recent performance of their stocks has left only modest room for growth to reach these new targets. This observation applies not only to Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand, and Timken but also to most of the stocks covered by the firm, as their target prices have been raised but the stocks' market prices have largely met these levels.

Caterpillar's new price target of $338 reflects an increase from the previous target but indicates that the potential for significant stock appreciation may be limited based on current market prices. This repositioning by Evercore ISI suggests a more cautious view of the stock's near-term growth prospects.

The downgrade to In Line is indicative of the analyst's expectation that Caterpillar's stock will perform in line with the broader market or the analyst's coverage universe. This neutral outlook aligns with the firm's overall reassessment of the sector's potential for outperformance.

Investors may consider this updated stance by Evercore ISI as they evaluate Caterpillar's stock within the context of their portfolios. The new price target and rating provide a current perspective on the company's market valuation and future performance expectations.

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