The bulls are putting an explanation point on a strong month as they have once again pushed the major indexes to new 52-week highs. Earnings and economic news continue to drive the headlines which have been pretty positive today.
Caterpillar (CAT, $115.29, up $2.65) is trading at fresh highs after plowing through Wall Street’s estimates. The company reported a 425% increase in its first quarter profit which came in at $1.2 billion or $1.84 a share. Last year at this time, CAT earned $233 million, or $0.36 a share. Revenue jumped nearly 60% to $12.9 billion, up from $8.2 billion last year, and well ahead of analysts expectations for earnings of $1.31 a share on revenue of $11.7 billion.
The huge, 53 cent earnings beat has accounted for 20 of the Dow’s current 68 point gain which has pushed the index to 12,831. The S&P is up by 3 points to 1,363 while the Nasdaq is higher by 2 points to 2,874.
We also like the strong move shares of Skyworks Solutions (SWKS, $31.49, up $3.98) are making today, up 14%, after crushing the suit-and-ties on their estimates as well. We first profiled this stock for you 6 months ago in the mid-$20’s before it hit a 52-week high of nearly $38 back in February. Since then, shares have slipped but have rebounded sharply today. We love this stock going forward and our price target then was $40. Still is. At current levels, Skyworks is a steal.
We said on Tuesday if resistance were broken that there could be some chasers of the rally which is what we have seen this week. We have a lot to cover in our Members Area, including a NEW TRADE for today, so we have to cut it a little short but remember to watch our near-term targets from this morning. We will be back Sunday night with the Weekly Wrap which will be packed with some good information and what to watch for in May.
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Have a great weekend everyone!]]>