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Caterpillar Overtakes Boeing as Dow's Best on Earnings Euphoria

CEO Jim Umpleby, who took over in January, has Caterpillar on track for its first annual sales gain since 2012 amid a broad-based recovery across industries and regions.

Caterpillar Inc. surged the most in six months after beating sales and earnings estimates and raising its own forecasts amid surging Chinese construction and recovering resource industries.

The machinery-making giant jumped as much as 6.7% on Oct. 24, extending a gain in the past three months to 28%.

That’s the best performance on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, relegating Boeing Co. to second place.

CEO Jim Umpleby, who took over in January, has Caterpillar on track for its first annual sales gain since 2012 amid a broad-based recovery across industries and regions.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based company projected 2017 sales of $44 billion, marking a third-straight increase in annual revenue projections. It also raised its earnings forecast.

Boeing, still the index’s best performer year to date, is scheduled to report earnings on Oct. 25.

By Joe Deaux

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