New York, New York (PressExposure) February 03, 2012 -- According to a recent article in Profit Confidential, Caterpillar Inc.'s fourth-quarter corporate earnings beat Wall Street's consensus, growing 60% to $1.55 billion on a 24% jump in sales. Caterpillar guided 2012 above current consensus. Mitchell Clark, contributor to popular financial newsletter Profit Confidential, believes that the construction, mining and industrial manufacturer's earnings say a lot about the current market and economy.
"Probably as good a benchmark stock for the global economy as you can get is Caterpillar Inc.," highlights Clark. "If an economy is doing well, it's building new roads and buildings and that takes heavy equipment."
However, Clark points out that a lot of the great earnings from large-cap companies are due to their international operations generating the growth.
In addition, Clark is worried that corporate earnings might slow in the bottom half of this year, which would obviously be a negative for the economy. "Without growth in employment, U.S. incomes cannot grow and the consumer, Main Street economy will be stuck," says Clark.
The stock market has accommodative monetary policy, good corporate earnings, and a reasonable valuation to go on, according to Clark. He believes that what the market needs to take itself to the next level are better economic data.
"Cautious optimism is my outlook for the stock market right now," says Clark. "With the expectation for 10% growth in corporate earnings, there's no reason why the stock market can't accomplish a similar gain for the year or better."
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