** 自前一篇FFIV到現在也有一段時間了, 當時的多頭獲利平倉的交易算是較短線一點. 當時也提過約在$117區間會是下一個不錯的獲利目標, 這當然還得等找到個好的點再進. 之後的大回調一直還找不到好的型態來確認時機. 不過過了幾個月, 目前由高階技術圖中的OX圖來分析, 這仍然是一個較中長期一點的獲利目標. 近期可以多多關注, 注意突破, 不過極有可能還會先有個consolidation pattern, 會使其稍慢一些.
CAT product demand is driven by global economic growth, construction activity, commodity prices, government spending on infrastructure, and end users’ access to capital.
It’s lagging currently, partly because of its relatively weak exposure to agriculture (drought depresses crops yield and heighten food price) compare to peer like Deere. On the other hand, mining and energy exploration has been held back by lower commodity price.
I like CAT the business and company in general, it is definitely one of the best among its peer group. But my enthusiasm for CAT is temporarily dampened due to Macro headwind. (Short term skeptic, long term bull)
The revenue streams are strategically diversified, less than 30% is from North America, (the good recovering economy), revenue stream may continue to weaken, unless 1) spending on infrastructure, 2)urbanization, 3)mining, 4)construction, 5)Capital Ex Investment, pick up, which are entirely possible. The reasons could include government stimulus spending, economy picking up around the world.
Revenue and Net Income have been increasing dramatically at least over the past 3 years, but Operating Cash flow has stayed relatively range bound.
This company operates on rather high leverage historically, and as a result the Return on Equity for last year has been spectacular. The current ratio is 1.4 with about 40 billion of Total Debt, the company has raised more debt capital since last year, and the Total share outstanding has increased from 628 to 666 million shares. The average nine years ROE has been about 33.89%, but that could be skewed because we went through the construction boom from housing and infrastructure both domestically and abroad, urbanization of emerging markets, and commodity boom for the past decade. The company has nevertheless, demonstrated uncanny ability to meet obligations, as well as expectation of revenue and income growth.
Buffett once said, he would rather buy a great company at a fair price, then a fair company at a great price. If we simply take the Net Income reported at face value, couple with the current consensus 5 year earning growth rate analysts predict, the fair value could be somewhere around $101.2/share. Please proceed with caution and an appropriate margin of safety as always.