Caterpillar price target lowered to $149 after dealer survey at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Jamie Cook said 35% of Caterpillar dealers surveyed by the firm cited risks, albeit modest, to full year estimates, while the rest reiterated prior forecasts calling for demand to be flat to up 5%. In the U.S., used pricing remains fairly stable and dealer inventory is slightly elevated in certain regions, Cook said he found. For 2020, however, the outlook is now seen as worse, projected to be down 5%-10% compared to last quarter's forecast of flat to down 5%, the analyst noted. He lowered his FY19-FY21 EPS forecasts in response to the further deterioration in the survey results and weaker industrial data more broadly, causing him to cut his price target for Caterpillar shares to $149 from $165. Cook keeps an Outperform rating on Caterpillar.