The company said it continues to see signs of economic improvement, particularly in China and most developing countries. If the China situation is as I suspect, this will be pulled back significantly. See Follow Up to the China Short Thesis Debate. They also see signs of improvement in North America, Europe and Japan, but these economies remain weak and have not rebounded as quickly as developing countries. I see the possibility of re-weakening here as well coming from CEE.
Caterpillar also sees a marked increase in demand for mining equipment—a result of continued strong commodity prices and growing confidence in economic recovery, and also an improvement in sales of aftermarket service parts, which is usually an early indicator of growing demand for machines and engines. China is supporting commodity demand now. If they do pullback, so will commodity demand and pricing, at least in the near to medium term.
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