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January 24, 2014
14:08 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar expects Q4 profit lower than Q3
Caterpillar (CAT) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Monday, January 27 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 $1.28 on revenue of $13.64B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.20-$1.39 on revenue of $13.16B-$14.11B. LAST QUARTER: Caterpillar reported Q3 EPS of $1.45 against estimates for $1.67. Q3 revenue came in at $13.42B against estimates for $14.32B. On its Q3 report, the company lowered its FY13 EPS and revenue guidance, citing concern about a reduction in mining orders. Caterpillar cut its FY13 EPS view to $5.50 from $6.50, compared to a consensus at the time of $6.20. Its FY13 revenue view was lowered to $55B from $56B-$58B, versus a consensus at the time of $56.46B. The company also lowered its FY13 guidance following both its Q1 and Q2 reports. Caterpillar forecast FY14 sales of $52.25B-$57.75B, compared to expectations of $58.65B. The company said the 2014 outlook reflected uncertainty, and it expected to take "deeper actions" to improve its cost structure and balance sheet. On January 24, the company reported dealer machinery sales were down 9% in the past three months. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly negative in the weeks leading up to Caterpillar's Q4 earnings report. On October 24, JP Morgan downgraded Caterpillar to Neutral from Overweight, citing execution and rising headwinds following the company's weaker than expected Q3 results. The firm lowered its price target for the shares to $90 from $105. On November 7, ISI Group downgraded Caterpillar to Neutral from Buy. On November 25, BofA/Merrill upgraded Caterpillar to Buy from Neutral. The firm believed Caterpillar's Power System segment was an overlooked source of 2014 operating earnings and would help support profit of at least $4.50-$5.00 per share. BofA placed a $100 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Caterpillar’s shares have traded modestly higher since the company's Q3 results, but are down over 10% from year ago levels. In afternoon trading ahead of Monday's Q4 report, Caterpillar’s shares are down over 2.5%.
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November 21, 2014
16:20 EDTCATOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
12:10 EDTCATCaterpillar jumps after Stifel puts Buy rating on shares
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10:01 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:59 EDTCATCaterpillar initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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November 20, 2014
09:20 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 9% in three months end October
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November 12, 2014
09:54 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook about $6.50, consensus $6.56
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