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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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July 21, 2014
09:22 EDTCATCaterpillar confident in chances in tax suit, WSJ says
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07:41 EDTCATWhistleblowers allege bogus repairs by Caterpillar unit, WSJ says
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July 20, 2014
11:58 EDTCATCaterpillar, five others should benefit from global recovery, Barron's says
Caterpillar (CAT), Teradata (TDC), Kennametal (KMT), Capital One Financial (COF), T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are all relatively cheap and should benefit from global recovery, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
07:43 EDTCATGE far ahead of Caterpillar in race for cleaner diesel train, WSJ says
Caterpillar (CAT) has fallen far behind in the race to offer a locomotive that meets stricter emission standards taking effect next year, with its Electro-Motive Diesel unit stating that its freight trains probably won't be available until 2017, while General Electric (GE) is already testing trains that comply with the new rules, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
17:00 EDTCATCommercial Vehicle Group realigns leadership team
Commercial Vehicle (CVGI) realigned its executive leadership team. Under the new structure, Ulf Lindqwister will join CVG, effective August 4, as Chief Administrative Officer. Lindqwister comes to CVG from Caterpillar (CAT). The company also realigned its Aftermarket business, with the North American Aftermarket business now reporting to Pat Miller in his capacity of President of Global Truck & Bus. In connection with these organizational changes, Timo Haatanen, President of Global Aftermarket and Bob Averitt, Chief Information Officer, are no longer with the company.
July 8, 2014
06:22 EDTCATBoeing faces risk to long-term credit if Export-Import Bank is closed, WSJ says
According to a new study by S&P, Boeing (BA) could have to double its financial backing to airline and leasing-company clients over the long term if U.S. lawmakers decide to close the Export-Import Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. S&P says that a significant expansion of its direct loans and guarantees risks harm to Boeing's long-term credit rating. Other manufacturers, like United Technologies (UTX), Caterpillar (CAT) and General Electric (GE), also face risks should the bank be eliminated. Reference Link

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