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August 20, 2014
10:35 EDTCATCaterpillar reported world Machines sales down 9%
Caterpillar earlier today reported world Total Machines sales down 9% on a three month rolling basis in July. Sales were down 10% in June. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 33% in July versus down 38% in June and Construction Industries world sales unchanged in July versus up 3% in June.
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTCATStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTCATOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:32 EDTCATOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:20 EDTCATCaterpillar sees lower sales and profits in 2H
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11:14 EDTCATCaterpillar sees lower sales in Q3 than Q4
Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
09:20 EDTCATCaterpillar demand trends appear negative for Cummins, Terex, says Wells Fargo
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09:13 EDTCATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:46 EDTCATCaterpillar announces intention to repurchase $1.5B of common stock in Q3
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07:45 EDTCATCaterpillar cut FY15 revenue guidance due to currency impacts
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07:40 EDTCATCaterpillar Financial reports Q2 revenue $693M, down 6% from 2Q14
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07:34 EDTCATCaterpillar says global economy remains 'relatively stagnant'
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07:33 EDTCATCaterpillar backs FY15 adjusted EPS $5.00, consensus $4.97
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07:32 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.27, consensus $1.27
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:37 EDTCATCaterpillar technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares are testing the $80 area on the downside ahead of results. On a long-term chart of five years or more, it is clear how important $80 has been as a support. Since 2010 it has only been broken once in any major way. If the news is sufficiently bearish, this support could give way and allow the preceding downtrend to resume. Support levels to watch would be at $78.19 which is the 52-week low, $75.80, and $71.78. If the news is a bullish surprise, the first major test of resistance would come at the 10-month moving average which was last at $87.55. It would take a breakout above the 10-month to turn the short-term trend bullish, with next resistance at $89.62.
14:22 EDTCATCaterpillar July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:31 EDTCATEarnings Watch: Wells Fargo says Caterpillar revenue consensus likely too high
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar June data suggests consensus revenue view too high, says Wells Fargo
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09:34 EDTCATCaterpillar falls, levels to watch
The stock is down 1.7% to $80.83 at time of writing. A big level to watch is the 52-week low at $78.19, which may get retested. Resistance is at $81.78.
09:17 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end June
Caterpillar reported in a regulatory filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in June. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in May and were down 11% in the period ending in April. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 13% in the June period, which was worse than the 8% drop in the May end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 16%, worse than the 14% drop in the May period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were down 10% in the June end period, which was worse than the 6% decline seen in the May period.
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