Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., the world’s biggest maker of large excavators, said earnings are rising faster than forecast as construction, and mining booms in China, Russia and India drive demand.
As I’ve said many times, the global infrastructure boom is strong and lifting all boats in related industries. We’ve known the U.S. housing has been weak, if not in a recession, and has been a drag on machinery sales. The same argument weighted on Caterpillar’s stock until they blew away last quarter’s earnings with strength in international sales. Caterpillar, as well as machinery companies like Terex (NYSE:TEX) and Joy Global (JOYG), should have strong upside surprises in light of this new data point from Hitachi.