Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Komatsu Lacking A Spark

There's really not much good news to celebrate among the makers of heavy machinery for construction and mining. Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) has been pummeled over the last year, and Komatsu (OTCPK:KMTUY), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), Sany, Hitachi Construction (OTCPK:HTCMY), Sandvik (OTCPK:SDVKY), and Atlas Copco (OTCPK:ATLKY) all pretty much occupy the same real estate in the down 20%-30% range. In fact, most of these companies' shares have pretty closely tracked the CRB Index down over the past 12 months.

I continue to think that Komatsu is a strong company within the heavy machinery sector, but it rarely makes a lot of sense to buy the best house on the block

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