Machinery stocks poised for a pullback, analyst says

|By:, SA News Editor

Machinery stocks such as Terex (NYSE:TEX), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), Deere (NYSE:DE), Cummins (NYSE:CMI), Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) and Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW) may have come too far too fast, J.P. Morgan analyst Ann Duignan asserts.

Duignan notes that at year-end 2015, the firm's machinery coverage was trading at a P/E multiple of ~14x estimated 2016 earnings, but at March 1, the group was trading at 16.3x; in terms of total shareholder returns, the group was up 5.5%, outperforming the S&P 500's YTD 2.8% loss.

Within construction stocks, TEX (+25.9%), CMI (+15.1%), MTW (+5.3%) and CAT (+3.0%) have outperformed while Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) (-9.2%) has underperformed; in agriculture machinery, Agco (NYSE:AGCO) (+11.1%), Deere (+6.3%) and CNH Industrial (NYSE:CNHI) (-2.2%) have outperformed, while JOY (+5.9%) has outperformed in the mining equipment group.

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