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Description:  Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) reported stronger-than-expected earnings on Thursday and raised its full-year forecast, but warned that a number of factors could weigh on its performance next year, and its shares fell as much as 2.8 percent.

Source:  Reuters.com
 
Date: 10/21/2010

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69K27Y20101021

Questions for discussion: 

  • What is the significance of the financial results and aftermath reported in the article?
  • Why do you think Caterpillar is considered a bellwether of the global economy and hence, global markets?
  • How would you think financial managers at Caterpillar are strategizing for the near future?
  • How should investors regard the firm?

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