Caterpillar hits all-time high on bullish report

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The ticker symbol and trading information for Caterpillar is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Caterpillar’s (CAT) stock touched a new all-time high Monday on the heels of a bullish report that forecasted strong demand for construction equipment.

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Analysts at UBS upgraded Caterpillar to “buy” from “neutral,” citing a positive earnings outlook. UBS also hiked its price target to $140 from $116. The investment bank noted that private non-residential construction activity is on track to strengthen in the fourth quarter, followed by continued growth in 2018. The construction rebound will help Caterpillar generate close to $10 billion in cash flow from 2018 to 2020.

Caterpillar jumped 1.8% to $123.56 in recent trading and climbed as high as $124.43. The stock was already up 30.9% year-to-date by the end of last week, reflecting Caterpillar’s robust earnings growth.

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Caterpillar, which also makes farming and mining machinery, reported a 46% increase in net income for the second quarter. Sales were up 9.6% at $11.33 billion. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said it benefited from mining- and energy-related sales in North America, as well as Chinese demand for construction equipment.