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DE Stock In Buy Range As Deere Earnings Set To Vault, But These Questions Linger


Deere (DE) tees up to report earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter early Wednesday, with supply-chain issues in the spotlight. DE stock rose in buy range Tuesday.




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Outlook for 2023 will be key. The farm and construction equipment maker, a bellwether for the economy, sold out of large tractors in Q3 due to parts shortages.

Deere has benefited from equipment prices forced to record highs by those shortages, as well as by higher crop prices. Those benefits have been offset by economic uncertainty and inflationary pressures, as well as supply disruptions.

In addition, both Deere and Caterpillar (CAT) should benefit from U.S. infrastructure spending. DE stock earns a spot on the prestigious IBD Leaderboard list. Among other ag stocks to watch are grain processor Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), fertilizer producer CF Industries (CF) and Lindsay (LNN), a producer of irrigation equipment that is also taking up a role in the green hydrogen infrastructure space.


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Deere Earnings

Estimates: Analysts polled by FactSet expect Deere earnings for the October quarter to vault 73% to $7.11 per share. That would also be a sharp acceleration from a 15.8% gain in the July quarter. Total revenue is seen jumping 27% to $14.4 billion, marking the third straight quarter of accelerating sales.

Results: Check back Wednesday before the market open.

Outlook: For fiscal 2023, analysts see DE earnings rising 13.5% to $25.92 a share.

In August, Deere lowered its full-year profit outlook and said it is “working closely with our factories and suppliers to meet higher levels of customer demand.” At the same time, CEO John May said, “We believe favorable conditions will continue into 2023 based on the strong response we have experienced to early-order programs.”

DE Stock

Shares of Deere rose 0.5% to 413.73 on the stock market today, well above a rising 50-day moving average.

DE stock broke past a 406.12 cup-with-handle buy point on Nov. 8. It is currently within the 5% chase zone, which stretches to 426.43, Leaderboard chart analysis shows.

The relative strength line for DE stock hit a new high ahead of the breakout after surging over the summer.

DE stock screens very well in terms of key IBD ratings. It earns a perfect Composite Rating of 99. It also bears an EPS Rating of 94 and RS Rating of 92, both out of a best-possible 99.

CAT stock rose 1.5% Tuesday, roughly 1% below a 237.90 entry. In late October, Caterpillar crushed Q3 earnings estimates, and revenue also beat.

Deere Tractors Face Parts Shortages

Tractor maker Deere grew revenue 22% in the July quarter, driven by strength in prices and demand for large farm equipment. But chip shortages and other supply disruptions have weighed on Deere earnings.

“Workers have to complete assembly of partially completed machines when parts become available,” Edward Jones analyst Matt Arnold wrote in an Oct. 24 note.

Arnold added: “These inefficiencies will abate as supply chains normalize. Demand for Deere’s products remains very robust, and we expect the favorable demand environment to remain, given high grain prices and rising infrastructure spending.”

The analyst ties strong replacement demand to an aging farm machinery fleet. Deere also makes excavators, back hoes, dump trucks and wheel loaders for the construction market.

Arnold rates DE stock a buy.

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