| Caterpillar is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Co.'s Construction Industries segment supports customers using machinery in infrastructure, forestry and building construction. Co.'s Resource Industries segment supports customers using machinery in mining and heavy construction and quarry and aggregates. Co.'s Energy and Transportation segment supports customers in oil and gas, power generation, marine, rail and industrial applications, including Co.'s machines. Co. also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. We show 56 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of CAT's shares outstanding history.
Understanding the changing numbers of CAT shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like CAT versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching CAT by allowing them to research CAT shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.