The Stray CAT Strut
Black and yellow stray CAT sittin’ on a fence.
Caterpillar’s (NYSE: CAT) bought sufficient dough to pay the hire. It’s removed from flat broke, however Wall Avenue don’t care.
CAT inventory drops down leaving pink within the air…
Stray Cats, Mr. Nice Stuff? You’re reaching right here…
True, however did you really need The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Don’t reply that…
So anyway, blue-chip industrial conglomerate Caterpillar simply reported what ought to have been blockbuster Q2 financials.
Ought to have been?
Yeah, ought to have been. Am I typing too quietly?
Let’s take a look at the numbers:
- Earnings per share: $3.18 versus $3.03 anticipated.
- Income: $14.2 billion versus $14 billion anticipated.
Each income and earnings have been up from 2021 outcomes, and Caterpillar says it expects to complete the 12 months sturdy:
So total, Caterpillar seems to be doing fairly nicely, proper?
As ordinary, the satan is within the particulars. Complete gear gross sales jumped about 7%, however the underlying information was combined.
As an example, Caterpillar noticed North American gross sales soar 20%, whereas Asia-Pacific gross sales plummeted 17%. Moreover, gross sales additionally dipped about 7% in Europe, the Center East and Africa.
What’s extra, analysts are considerably uncertain that Caterpillar will see sturdy demand for the remainder of 2022.
You see, Caterpillar sells on to sellers … to not clients. Seller gross sales declined 4% in Q2 and are anticipated to fall additional within the second half of the 12 months — primarily as a result of slowing demand out of China.
And if that wasn’t sufficient, Q2 gross margins fell from 13.9% to 13.6% for Caterpillar. In different phrases, rising supplies prices, labor “shortages” and provide chain points are boosting Caterpillar’s prices.
Because of this, CAT inventory fell almost 4% as we speak … regardless of what seemed to be a beat-and-raise quarter for Caterpillar.
In my considerably skilled opinion, if you happen to’re holding CAT inventory … this report isn’t any purpose to promote. In actual fact, the nearer CAT inventory involves $180 — an space of worth help for the shares — the extra CAT appears like a purchase.
Now, I’m not formally including CAT to the Nice Stuff Picks portfolio, but when CAT is your jam, and also you’re carefree and wild … the inventory has loads of upside regardless of a turbulent market.
You’re an actual gone man, Mr. Nice Stuff.
Yeah, nicely, I imply, it’s bought CAT class and it’s bought CAT model, in any case.
Why Should I Chase The CAT?
Yeah, this can be a story of a well-known canine. Andrew Keene got here near dropping all of it … however he found one thing that in simply two years helped him earn again 10 TIMES greater than he misplaced.
Now, within the midst of world chaos, he’s revealing his secret to the investing public, to allow them to sidestep inflation, shield their financial savings and emerge on the opposite finish unscathed.
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Driving Miss Loopy
Title a greater duo than Uber (NYSE: UBER) and large losses? I’ll wait … identical to I’m ready for an earnings report the place Uber really delivers for traders.
Are you continue to bitter that Uber Eats “forgot” your order that one time?
No … nicely, sure … however thanks for the reminder. Jeez. Anyway, Uber missed Wall Avenue’s already-low expectations with a per-share lack of $1.33, in contrast with estimates for a $0.25 loss.
On the comparatively “vivid” facet, total gross bookings got here in at $29.1 billion and beat estimates for $28.8 billion, due to higher-than-expected rider bookings … and no due to lower-than-expected supply bookings.
So a mega miss on earnings and a slender income beat — how’d Uber do it?
As you’d count on from an organization that (barely) will get by with just a little assist from its non-employee mates, extra drivers signed as much as drive for Uber, assembly the rising demand for transportation … and desperation for facet hustles.
Inflation simply be like that, and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi particularly shouted out the rising price of residing as a purpose why driver sign-ups shot up 77% this previous 12 months.
Similar As It Ever Was…
Alright, so Uber’s nonetheless dropping tons of money. It’s getting dearer simply to exist, not to mention drive and exit. (Would possibly as nicely embrace the hermit life, at this level.)
Oh, and oil giants like BP PLC (NYSE: BP) are beating earnings expectations by insane margins.
I don’t find out about y’all, however I’m beginning to see a connection right here…
BP, aka Billionaire Printer PLC, simply reported a revenue of about $8.5 billion — means forward of the Avenue’s consensus goal for $6.3 billion and waaaaaay forward of the $2.8 billion BP reported this time final 12 months.
The corporate additionally introduced a ten% dividend hike with guarantees of extra dividend will increase to observe.
Since BP nonetheless had a number of further billions burning a gap in its gold-lined coffers, the corporate plans to purchase again one other $3.5 billion in inventory. As if BP didn’t have an entire hydrogen-power enterprise it may funnel that money into, however I digress…
Stunned? You actually shouldn’t be. Particularly if you happen to’ve checked out a gas pump or a fuel invoice prior to now 12 months. What can I say? It’s good to be the king — er, BP.
Wait, I believed you stated the identical factor concerning the banks?
Solar Energy Grows Solar … Chips?
Mmm, solar chips. Salty, savory, crispy … silicon wafers.
What? You’ve not been up on the roof putting in panels and considered biting into a type of delicious solar-sapping semiconductors?
You’re proper, you will have been indoors too lengthy.
I imply … have you ever been exterior currently? Ow. Apart from the blinding mild, it feels such as you’re boiling alive.
No, thanks. No, thanks.
However I’m certain quite a lot of photo voltaic power customers (and traders) are rejoicing within the sunshine.
For its half, SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) reported a double-beat earnings report — fairly a slender one, however a double beat nonetheless. The maker of photo voltaic panels and techniques introduced in a document 19,700 new clients final quarter, up 51% 12 months over 12 months.
Income? That’s up an unheard-of 63%. No surprise SPWR inventory shot up over 14% after the report dropped, bringing SPWR up 36% prior to now week.
However that’s not the final of as we speak’s sunshiney information…
Love The Approach You Lidar
Pop quiz! What do you want for automobiles to “see” their environment?
Umm. Daylight? These bizarre eyelashes for VW Bugs?
What? No, I believed we left these in 2005. I simply gave you the reply, foolish: Lidar is the underrated, behind-the-scenes revolution that’s occurring to the auto trade.
Whereas everybody’s jazzed up about Dylan EVs going electrical, don’t neglect about that entire “self-driving” shebang.
Volkswagen certain didn’t neglect: The automaking goliath simply introduced it selected Innoviz (Nasdaq: INVZ) to produce self-driving tech to VW’s software program division, Cariad.
Innoviz will straight work with Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and different VW manufacturers to “help secure mobility for autos launching from the center of the last decade.” Your automotive can’t safely drive itself — and also you — if the automotive actually has no thought the place it’s going, proper?
Works simply nice for Grandma. No, wait a second…
The announcement drove INVZ up 21%. It’s a significant cope with the world’s second-biggest automaker — after all INVZ goes to soar after the announcement.
Keen on lidar tech? ‘Course you’re. Click on right here to see what’s subsequent for the lidar market. (Trace: It’s precisely why Musk is so paranoid about lidar lapping at Tesla’s tail…)
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