Caterpillar (CAT)

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102.83 -0.10  -0.10% NYSE Apr 17, 8:00PM BATS Real time Currency in USD

Caterpillar PS Ratio (TTM):

1.218 for April 17, 2014

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Caterpillar Historical PS Ratio (TTM) Data

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April 17, 2014 1.218
April 16, 2014 1.219
April 15, 2014 1.214
April 14, 2014 1.217
April 11, 2014 1.202
April 10, 2014 1.211
April 9, 2014 1.220
April 8, 2014 1.213
April 7, 2014 1.198
April 4, 2014 1.210
April 3, 2014 1.215
April 2, 2014 1.216
April 1, 2014 1.182
March 31, 2014 1.177
March 28, 2014 1.177
March 27, 2014 1.166
March 26, 2014 1.158
March 25, 2014 1.168
March 24, 2014 1.147
March 21, 2014 1.154
March 20, 2014 1.140
March 19, 2014 1.138
March 18, 2014 1.142
March 17, 2014 1.133
March 14, 2014 1.130
   
March 13, 2014 1.132
March 12, 2014 1.147
March 11, 2014 1.147
March 10, 2014 1.146
March 7, 2014 1.149
March 6, 2014 1.156
March 5, 2014 1.141
March 4, 2014 1.149
March 3, 2014 1.141
Feb. 28, 2014 1.148
Feb. 27, 2014 1.145
Feb. 26, 2014 1.151
Feb. 25, 2014 1.142
Feb. 24, 2014 1.153
Feb. 21, 2014 1.155
Feb. 20, 2014 1.148
Feb. 19, 2014 1.140
Feb. 18, 2014 1.144
Feb. 14, 2014 1.144
Feb. 13, 2014 1.138
Feb. 12, 2014 1.139
Feb. 11, 2014 1.125
Feb. 10, 2014 1.119
Feb. 7, 2014 1.124
Feb. 6, 2014 1.111

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About Price to Sales Ratio

The price to sales ratio (PS ratio) is calculated by dividing stock price by the revenue per share. It is most useful for comparing companies within a sector or industry because "normal" values for this ratio vary from industry to industry. In general, low price to sales ratios are more appealing because they suggest that a company is undervalued.

An example illustrating why PS ratios should not be compared across industries: On June 21, 2010, Starbucks had a PS ratio of 1.12 while Yahoo! had a PS ratio of 2.56. In other words, Yahoo! shareholders were paying $2.56 for $1 of sales while Starbucks shareholders would only pay $1.12 for $1 of sales. However, at that same moment, the two companies' price to earnings ratios were virtually identical (Starbucks: 28.09 and Yahoo!: 27.78). Hence, shareholders were paying nearly the same amount for $1.00 in earnings. The PS ratios, though, are less comparable since Yahoo!'s profit margins are much higher than that of Starbucks.

For more information on evaluating valuation multiples similar to this, please see our original white paper research : Making Sense Of Valuation Multiples.
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CAT PS Ratio (TTM) Benchmarks

Companies
Joy Global 1.386
Komatsu 1.042
Terex 0.695

CAT PS Ratio (TTM) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 0.3867 Apr 20 2009
Maximum 1.704 Mar 30 2011
Average 1.071
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