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February 12, 2014
07:11 EDTDEDeere sees farm incomes lower in 2014 than in prior year
Deere's worldwide sales of agriculture and turf equipment are forecast to decrease by about 6% for fiscal 2014. Although farm incomes are expected to remain at healthy levels in 2014, they are forecast to be lower than in the previous year. In Deere's view, the decline will have a dampening effect on demand, especially for larger models of equipment. Partly as a result of these factors, industry sales for agricultural machinery in the U.S. and Canada are forecast to be down 5%-10% for the year, with the decline mainly reflecting lower sales of high-horsepower tractors and combines. In the U.S. and Canada, industry sales of turf and utility equipment are expected to be up about 5% for 2014 as a result of improved market conditions.Full-year industry sales in the EU28 are forecast to be down about 5% due to lower crop prices and farm incomes. In South America, industry sales of tractors and combines are projected to be down 5%-10% from strong 2013 levels. Industry sales in the Commonwealth of Independent States are expected to be down slightly for the year, while Asian sales are projected to be up slightly.
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January 27, 2015
12:22 EDTDECaterpillar sinks after guidance cut, drags down machinery peers
Shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are falling after the company reported lower than expected profit and reduced its full-year guidance to well below analysts' consensus outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Caterpillar reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.35, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.55. The company's Q4 revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, Caterpillar provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, of about $4.75, versus the consensus outlook of $6.67, and its revenue outlook was about $50B, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of $55B. In October, Caterpillar had provided a "preliminary outlook" for 2015 of no change to a slight increase in its revenue, versus 2014 levels. In 2014 the company reported revenue of $55.18B. Caterpillar blamed its disappointing guidance on weak commodity prices that are negatively impacting its Energy & Transportation business, as well as its mining equipment unit. Caterpillar also lowered its expectations for construction equipment sales in China, noting that while its market position in China has improved, 2015 expectations for the construction industry in China are now lower. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo wrote that Caterpillar's results are a bad sign for other machinery makers, including Cummins (CMI), Deere (DE), and Terex (TEX). The firm kept a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar. PRICE ACTION: in early afternoon trading, Caterpillar fell 7.5% to $79.61, Cummins dropped 4.6% to $141, Deere declined 3% to $85.76, and Terex fell 4.4% to $22.50.
08:58 EDTDECaterpillar guidance to be negative for shares, says Wells Fargo
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January 23, 2015
08:32 EDTDEDeere announced indefinite layoffs at five locations for workforce adjustments
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