Caterpillar Inc. (CAT1) Dipped -0.18% on May 18

May 18, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. (ETR:CAT1) last traded at 130.67, representing a move of -0.18%, or -0.24 per share, on volume of 1,098 shares. After opening the trading day at 131.5, shares of Caterpillar Inc. traded in a close range. Caterpillar Inc. currently has a total float of shares and on average sees 346 shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 128.42 and high of 131.49.

What Makes The German Commerce?

With Germany being considered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the biggest exporter of goods worldwide, it is no longer surprising why the German Stock Exchange is one of the most important stock exchanges that make or break global commerce. Companies like Caterpillar Inc. enjoy to be the part of German stock exchange.

German Stock Exchange

The German Stock Exchange consists of eight stock exchanges located throughout Germany. Caterpillar Inc. were included in one of its units as well. The biggest component of the German Stock Exchange is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange or the FWB Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, which is owned and operated by Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt. These companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange alone represent 80% of the overall market capitalization in Germany.
The second largest component of the German Stock Exchange is the Stuttgart Stock Exchange or the Börse Stuttgart. Most financial companies are listed here.

Other major components of the German Stock Exchange include the Börse Berlin-Bremen, the BÖAG Börsen AG, and the Hamburg Stock Exchange or the Hamburger Börse.

The Börse Berlin-Bremen, which is located in Berlin-Charlottenburg, was established in 2003 from the union of the Berlin Stock Exchange and the Börse Bremen.

Meanwhile, the BÖAG Börsen AG, which oversees trade in Hamburg and Hanover, was established in 1999 from the union of the Hamburg Stock Exchange and the Hanover Stock Exchange.

Benchmark Index

The major index on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the German Stock Index, commonly known as Deutsche Aktien Xchange 30 (DAX 30), which is the benchmark equity market index in the country.

DAX 30 tracks the top 30 companies in terms of market capitalization listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Consequently, DAX 30 is a vital indicator of the health of the German economy and investor sentiment as well. Many investors are interested in such DAX companies as Caterpillar Inc..

The companies tracked by DAX 30 are capped at 10% weight in order to meet its provisions. This also prevents index heavyweight that might result from mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

DAX 30 has two versions: 1) performance index, which is usually quoted; and 2) price index, which is similar to indices quoted in other countries.

The index has a base value of 1,000 since December 1987. DAX 30 indices are calculated using XETRA since June 1999. Since 2006, they are being calculated after every second.

The movement on DAX 30 is in 0.50 increments. The margin requirement among most brokers is 2% while the minimum trade size is one index.

DAX 30 had its longest period of glory days around 2003 to 2007. During that time, it had peaked at €8,105.69. However, after the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, DAX 30 had hit €3,580.

Being able to fully recover from the repercussions of the turmoil in the earlier decade, DAX 30 had recorded its all-time high in September 2013 at €8,736.

The performance index, on the other hand, had hit the 12,000 mark in March 2015. DAX 30 had attained its all-time high a month later at 12,374.73 after reaching an intraday high of 12,390.75. Its all-time low had been posted in November 1974 at 372.30.

Because of the world-renowned success of the DAX 30, more and more investors are betting on the German equity market. They pay close attention to Caterpillar Inc. shares. Existing investors have long been enjoying meaningful returns.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives for heavy and general construction, rental, quarry, aggregate, mining, waste, material handling, gas and oil, power generation, marine, rail, and industrial markets. The company has market cap of EUR. The Company’s Construction Industries segment offers backhoe, compact, track-type, small and medium wheel, knuckleboom, and skid steer loaders; small and medium track-type, and site prep tractors; mini, wheel, forestry, small, medium, and large track excavators; and motorgraders, pipelayers, telehandlers, cold planers, asphalt pavers, compactors, road reclaimers, and wheel and track skidders and feller bunchers. It currently has negative earnings. The company's Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovel, landfill and soil compactor, dragline, large wheel loader, machinery component, track and rotary drill, electronics and control system, work tool, hard rock vehicle and continuous mining system, scoop and hauler, wheel tractor scraper, large track-type tractor, and wheel dozer products; longwall, highwall, and continuous miners; and mining, off-highway, and articulated trucks.

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