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June 23, 2014
13:49 EDTMTOR, ETNEaton climbs after settlement seen as less expensive than expected
Shares of industrial products maker Eaton (ETN) are advancing after the company reached a settlement of the antitrust lawsuit filed against it by ZF Meritor, a joint venture between Meritor (MTOR) and Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen. A number of analysts said that the settlement was more favorable to Eaton than they had expected and Meritor's stock is falling in the wake of the news. WHAT'S NEW: Eaton agreed to pay ZF Meritor $500M to settle the latter company's lawsuit, which alleged that Eaton had sought to stifle competition in the truck transmission market by giving rebates to truckers who bought its transmissions. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Andrew Casey wrote that the $500M amount was lower than most had expected, since Eaton may have had to pay $1.4B-$2.4B if the size of the payment had been decided through a trial. Additionally, the settlement removes uncertainty regarding Eaton, Casey stated. He kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley analyst Ravi Shanker responded to the news by raising his price target on Meritor to $17 from $15. The company will receive net proceeds of $209M from the settlement and it will use the proceeds to fund mandatory pension contributions for the next three years, Shanker stated. Additionally, the funds will boost Meritor's EPS and enable it to lower its debt, he added. By the second half of 2015, Meritor will use the remaining funds to help defray the cost of a share buyback program, according to the analyst. Although investors may be disappointed by the size of the settlement and the company's decision to initially channel it towards pension contributions, Shanker said he was not surprised by these developments, given the difficulty of predicting the outcome of the case and Meritor's focus on reducing its debt. He continues to like the company's fundamentals and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Eaton climbed 2.2% to $79.28 and Meritor tumbled 12.3% to $12.80.
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July 30, 2015
07:27 EDTETNEaton price target lowered to $70 form $85 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Eaton to $70 from $85 following its announcement of a restructuring plan. The firm said the plan is less aggressive than expected and Q2 guidance was in-line with expectations. UBS maintained its Buy rating on Eaton shares.
July 29, 2015
08:05 EDTMTORMeritor raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.40-$1.50 from $1.30-$1.40
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08:02 EDTMTORMeritor reports Q3 adjusted cont-op EPS 41c, consensus 34c
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06:37 EDTETNEaton reports Q2 Electrical Products sales down 3% to $1.8B
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06:36 EDTETNEaton cuts FY15 EPS to $4.40-$4.60 from $4.65-$4.95, consensus $4.74
The company cites lower organic growth forecast and impact of restructuring operations. Of the 6% EPS reduction, 3% is due to the net cost of the restructuring program. Expects FY15 organic revenue growth to be flat and up 1%.
06:35 EDTETNEaton sees Q3 EPS $1.00-$1.10, consensus $1.30
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06:34 EDTETNEaton to take additional actions to reset cost structure to lower activity level
Expects to take charges to implement these actions of $120M in 2H15, with $110M in Q3, $10M in Q4 and $25M in 2016. The restructuring actions will allow us to realize $45M of benefits in 2015 and $125 million of benefits in 2016.
06:33 EDTETNEaton: Q2 revenue down due to weak conditions in most markets
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06:33 EDTETNEaton reports Q2 EPS $1.16, consensus $1.13
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July 28, 2015
15:21 EDTETNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.

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