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Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Calls Global Growth Into Question

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)Second-quarter earnings have been fairly strong across the market, but that’s largely due to cost-cutting and margin expansion, not revenue growth. As a global supplier to construction and mining industries, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) sees the foundation of economic expansion and is often considered an economic bellwether, particularly in emerging economies like China. That’s why the company’s cautionary words have helped drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and S&P 500 down 0.26% and 0.39%, respectively, today.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)’s revenue fell 16% in the second quarter to $14.62 billion, and its profit dropped 43% to $960 million, or $1.45 per share. Both figures were below estimates, and they show just how much demand for mining companies and other construction companies has dropped this year. A big factor is economic growth, and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) warned that it foresees global growth of no more than 2% this year, as well as continuing headwinds in Europe, where management thinks the eurozone just finished a seventh consecutive quarter of negative growth.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) benefited greatly from a boom in gold and other commodities, but now that prices have fallen, it’s left with declining results. That’s to be expected, but global growth has been driven by this capital investment, particularly in China, and the consumer isn’t ready to support the economy just yet, because unemployment is still high. So Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) thinks we’ll likely see slow growth as all of these factors collide, which doesn’t bode well for growth further down the supply chain.

The other company not seeing the growth investors had hoped for is AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), which reported earnings and promptly fell 1.5% today. Revenue was up just 1.6% to $32.1 billion, and EPS rose 7.6% to $0.71, but both fell short of estimates. Even for a company as dominant as AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is in mobile, revenue growth is slow, and cost-cutting must play a large role in expanding earnings. This will be a common theme until economic growth picks up.

The article Caterpillar Calls Global Growth Into Question originally appeared on and is written by Travis Hoium.

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