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April 19, 2013
11:22 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar sees Q1 sales, profit down from prior year
Caterpillar (CAT) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Monday, April 22 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. Caterpillar is a manufacturer of mining and construction equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.42 on revenue of $13.72B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.20-$1.70 on revenue of $12.53B-$14.65B. LAST QUARTER: Caterpillar reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.04 against estimates for $1.70, though its results included a charge of $580M, or 87c per share. Q4 revenue came in at $16.08B against estimates for $16.12B. In its Q4 report, the company forecast Q1 sales and profit significantly lower on a year-over-year basis. Management said, “While we are not providing a specific sales and profit outlook for 1Q13, we are expecting that they are likely to be significantly lower than 1Q12. The middle of our full-year outlook for sales is about $2B below 2012 levels. We expect that revenue will decline more than $2B in 1Q13 compared with 1Q12. Much of the expected decline in Q1 sales is a result of the continuation of reduced production as dealers are expected to continue to lower their new machine inventories. We expect that dealer inventory reductions will be negative to sales in 1Q13, while in 1Q12 dealers increased inventory which benefited Caterpillar. Profit is also expected to be significantly lower in 1Q13 versus 1Q12—a result of lower expected sales and the negative cost impact of continuing low production levels and declining inventory.” STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to Caterpillar's Q1 earnings report. Sentiment was positive early in the quarter, but turned negative over the past month. On January 29, CLSA upgraded Caterpillar to a Buy from Outperform and raised its price target to $115 from $105. Standpoint Research initiated the shares with a Buy rating and a price target of $105 on March 20. On April 3, Goldman downgraded Caterpillar to a Neutral from a Buy, citing a reduced outlook for iron ore prices and mining equipment capital expenditures. The firm no longer saw upside to consensus estimates given the oversupplied commodity environment and lowered their price target to $101 from $116. PRICE ACTION: Caterpillar’s shares have traded approximately 17% lower since Q4’s results were released in late January. In late morning trading ahead of Monday's Q1 report, Caterpillar’s shares are up 0.2%.
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October 23, 2014
12:20 EDTCATOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:26 EDTCATCaterpillar sees profitability a little lower in Q4
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11:08 EDTCATCaterpillar says cost management contributed to results
Says currency impacts were positive. Comments made on Q3 earnings call.
09:27 EDTCATCaterpillar rally on Q3 results may not last long, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that while Caterpillar's Q3 performance was much stronger than expected, it may not be sustainable with Q4 implied earnings guidance of $1.49, below the consensus of $1.61, and a 2015 flat revenue outlook. Wells thinks the positive share reaction may not last long and keeps a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar.
09:04 EDTCATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:44 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q3 revenue $743M
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07:42 EDTCATCaterpillar expects FY15 revenue won't be significantly different than 2014
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07:41 EDTCATCaterpillar expects world economic growth to improve in 2015
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07:41 EDTCATCaterpillar raises FY14 EPS $6.50 from $6.20, consensus $6.26
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07:38 EDTCATCaterpillar 'pleased' with Q3 profit despite slow world economic growth
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07:38 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q3 EPS excl. restructuring costs $1.72, consensus $1.36
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October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
15:26 EDTCATCaterpillar October weekly 95 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:36 EDTCATCaterpillar technical notes before earnings
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12:25 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar sees Q3 as weakest profit quarter of year
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 10% in three months end September
Caterpillar reported earlier its total retail machines sales down 10% on a three month rolling basis in September. Sales were also down 10% in the period ending in August and were down 9% in the period ending in July. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 28% in the September period, which was improved from the 33% drop in the August end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 3%, worse than the 1% drop in the August period. Caterpillar retail sales of machines by geographic region for the 3-month rolling period ended September were reported in a regulatory filing earlier.
07:05 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 16, 2014
14:58 EDTCATArmy poised to order more Stryker vehicles, Defense News says
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11:17 EDTCATTitan downturn warning seen as negative for Deere, AGCO
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09:41 EDTCATTitan outlook negative for AGCO, Deere, says Wells Fargo
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