Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for December 20, 2012


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Caterpillar, Inc. ( CAT ) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 20, 2012 and a cash dividend payment of $0.52 per share scheduled for December 31, 2012. Shareholders who purchased CAT stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that CAT has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $89.64, the dividend yield is 2.32%.

The previous trading day's last sale of CAT was $89.64, representing a -23.35% decrease from the 52 week high of $116.95 and a 14.56% increase over the 52 week low of $78.25.

CAT is a part of the Capital Goods sector, which includes companies such as CNH Global N.V. ( CNH ) and Terex Corporation ( TEX ). CAT's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $9.77. Zacks Investment Research reports CAT's forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 17.3%, compared to an industry average of 6.7%.

For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the CAT Dividend History page.

Interested in gaining exposure to CAT through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have CAT as a top-10 holding:

  • DIAMONDS Trust Series I ( DIA )
  • Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial ( XLI )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund ( IYJ )
  • iShares S&P Global Industrials Sector Index Fund ( EXI )
  • PowerShares S&P 500 High Quality Portfolio ( SPHQ ).

The top-performing ETF of this group is EXI with an increase of 12.8% over the last 100 days. DIA has the highest percent weighting of CAT at 4.93%.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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