SOURCE: Equity Markets Inc

July 29, 2011 09:00 ET

Debt Ceiling & Resulting Market Influences -- Research Report on Astec Industries, Inc. and Caterpillar Inc.

MACAU--(Marketwire - Jul 29, 2011) - Today, announced its research report highlighting Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTE) and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Full content and research is available at

Top considerations within today's market lies with the current status of the US debt ceiling. Despite the US National Gross Domestic Product beginning to move beyond high-watermark, marking a significant shift away from recessionary pressures; continued momentum relies upon a non-default agreement within congress on or before August 2, 2011. The US Department of Commerce has confirmed growth within first quarter 2011, opening the strong possibility of companies within sub-sectors to experience organic revenue growth in the case of successful agreement.

No matter the outcome, Aug. 2 will mark the opportunity for investors to take advantage of equities with high-margin and specialty products. Fundamental positives in this area are provided by limited exposure to rising commodity costs. Although raw material cost increases will continue to pressure margins, well-positioned companies can leverage organic growth and general consolidation of product lines to sustain bottom-line growth. Market-wise investors are looking to build strong cash positions to take advantage of events in the coming weeks, carefully watching for value within equities boasting established pipelines and excellent growth prospects.

Equity Markets has reviewed Astec Industries, Inc. as a company which designs, engineers, manufactures and markets equipment and components used primarily in road building, utility and related construction activities, as well as other products. Astec's products are used in each phase of road building, from quarrying and crushing the aggregate to application of the road surface. The full research report on Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTE) is available here:

Equity Markets is covering Caterpillar Inc. as a company engaged in the manufacturing of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar operates in three lines of business: Machinery, Engines and Financial products. Machinery line of business includes the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of construction, mining and forestry machinery. The full research report on Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is available here:

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