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January 18, 2013
11:13 EDTCATCaterpillar rises after China data, Piper Jaffray upgrade
Caterpillar (CAT) is advancing after China reported better than expected economic data earlier today, and a research firm upgraded the stock. China's fourth quarter GDP growth and its retail sales and industrial output for December all slightly exceeded analysts' expectations. China accounts for only a few percent of Caterpillar's revenue but had been seen as a growth engine for the company before slowing last year. In a note to investors earlier today, Piper Jaffray analyst Alexander Potter upgraded Caterpillar to Overweight from Neutral. Investors' concerns about a build-up of machine inventory in China and shaky demand for mining equipment due to a reduced appetite for raw materials in that country have faded, Potter believes, after conducting extensive research. The better than expected Chinese data and strong U.S. housing starts provide additional support for this thesis, according to the analyst, who raised his price target on Caterpillar to $113 from $85. In late morning trading, Caterpillar rose 0.43% to $96.11.
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February 19, 2015
11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar retail trends remain negative, says Wells Fargo
After Caterpillar reported earlier that its retail sales of machine declined 14% in the three month period ending in January, Wells Fargo noted that the trend worsened from December's 12% drop and that all regions reported declines. The firm believes retail trends remain negative for Caterpillar shares, on which it keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:09 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end January
Caterpillar reported in a filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in January. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in December and were down 10% in the period ending in November. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 27% in the January period, which was down fom the 22% drop in the December end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 10%, worse than the 9% drop in the December period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were up 22% in the January end period, which was the same growth rate as seen in the December period.
07:20 EDTCATCaterpillar facing multiple federal investigations, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
06:23 EDTCATCaterpillar discloses grand jury subpoena requesting financial information
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