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April 22, 2013
13:07 EDTCAT, KMTUY, CMI, GE, TXT, IRCaterpillar guidance weighing on Industrial names
A number of industrial stocks are declining after one of the companies in the sector, Caterpillar (CAT), reported weaker than expected first quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2013 revenue guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Caterpillar explained that its expectations for its mining unit have dropped significantly. The company now expects sales of the mining machines it has traditionally sold to drop about 50% this year. It predicts that sales of machines made by Bucyrus, a mining equipment maker it acquired, to drop 15% this year. Caterpillar added that its expectations for its Construction Industries and Power Systems units remain similar to its previous outlook. Nevertheless, the industrial company reduced its fiscal 2013 revenue guidance to $57B-$61B, from its previous outlook of $60B-$68B. Analysts' consensus estimate was $62.74B. Caterpillar estimated that its earnings per share would be $7 if its revenue comes in at the midpoint of its guidance. It had previously provided FY13 EPS guidance of $7-$9. On a positive note, Caterpillar said that it would resume purchasing its own stock this quarter, and expects to buy back about $1B of its shares. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to clients, Wells Fargo analyst Andrew Casey predicted that Caterpillar's profitability would continue to be constrained by weak spending by its mining customers, as demand for mining equipment is likely to be anemic for the "foreseeable future" unless the global economy rebounds sharply, he believes. Casey believes that Caterpillar's results bode badly for mining equipment companies and engine makers such as Cummins (CMI) in the short term. He maintained a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GE (GE) fell 2% to $21.30, while the ADR shares of Caterpillar's Japanese competitor, Komatsu (KMTUY) fell 1% to $25.20, and European industrial conglomerate Ingersoll Rand (IR) fell 1% to $53.50. Caterpillar rose 2.8% to $82.70.
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February 26, 2015
07:23 EDTCMIANSYS' software portfolio selected by Cummins
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07:21 EDTCMICummins signs agreement with ANSYS
ANSYS (ANSS) announced that Cummins (CMI) has signed a new agreement providing it with broad access to the ANSYS portfolio. This enterprise license agreement will enable Cummins to continue to solve some of the industry's most challenging multiphysics problems Ė providing its customers with some of the most innovative products on the market. The multi-year agreement provides Cummins with enterprise-wide licenses to the ANSYS structures, fluids and high-frequency electromagnetics suites as well as access to high-performance computing solutions. Cummins will also receive enhanced support and services as well as unlimited classroom and online training. The new agreement complements the Cummins Analysis Led Design initiative, which emphasizes simulation early in the product design process, when it is more cost-efficient to make changes.
February 25, 2015
07:17 EDTCMICummins management to meet with UBS
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05:22 EDTGEGE Healthcare selected as strategic partner by Kenyan Ministry of Health
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February 24, 2015
18:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric director purchases $20M of company stock
According to regulatory filings, GE director William G. Beattie purchased 800,000 shares of GE for $20,096,000 on February 18 and 19.
February 23, 2015
12:07 EDTGEEU opens probe in GE's proposed acquisition of Alstom's energy business
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric's (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY) is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissionís preliminary investigation indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines which are mainly used in gas-fired power plants. The transaction would bring together the activities of GE, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty gas turbines, with those of Alstom, eliminating one of the three main global competitors to GE in this market. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 8 July, to take a final decision. Reference Link
06:51 EDTTXTAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
February 20, 2015
14:19 EDTIRTrian lowers stake in Ingersoll-Rand to 4.93% from 5.79%
Trian Group sold an aggregate of 2.4M shares. Following such sales, Trian Group, in the aggregate, beneficially own 12.98M shares, or approximately 4.93% of Ingersoll-Rand outstanding shares. In the future, CalSTRS will make independent investment decisions in respect of its holdings in Ingersoll-Rand and, therefore, Trian Group and CalSTRS no longer constitute a group in respect of their respective holdings in Ingersoll-Rand. Because Trian Groupís holdings in Ingersoll-Rand are now under 5% and it no longer constitutes a group with CalSTRS, Trian Group does not anticipate making future filings in respect of its investment in Ingersoll-Rand.
14:00 EDTIRTrian lowers stake in Ingersoll-Rand to 4.93% from 5.79%
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12:53 EDTCMICitigroup sees truck carrier stocks poised to outperform
With the U.S. economy growing quickly, the stocks of truck carriers are likely to outperform the S&P 500, Citigroup believes. WHAT'S NEW: Truck transportation prices and truck carrier stocks "respond most directly to economic growth," Citigroup analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to investors today. After carriers' truckload rates rose 4% last year, the rates should rise by a similar amount this year, Wetherbee predicted. Economic growth, along with the difficulties the carriers are experiencing with recruiting drivers, should be supportive of additional rate increases, the analyst stated. Wetherbee warned that the stocks of truck builders usually underperform during periods such as the current one, when a large amounts of U.S. class 8 trucks are being built. Consequently, truck carrier stocks present investors with an opportunity, while investors should be cautious on truck builders and parts suppliers, he wrote. Among truck carriers, Swift (SWFT) is particularly attractive, since it has underperformed its peers over the last year, Wetherbee stated. Additionally, the company's results appear likely to at least meet consensus estimates, the analyst predicted. He also kept a Buy rating on another truck carrier, Knight Transportation (KNX) and maintained a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI), which builds truck engines. The analyst kept a Hold rating on truck builder PACCAR (PCAR). OTHERS TO WATCH: Navistar (NAV) builds trucks and Celadon (CGI) is another truck carrier. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Swift rose 1%, Knight Transportation gained 1.3%, Cummins added 0.7%, and PACCAR lost 0.5%.
08:26 EDTGEArc Logistics to acquire all membership interests Joliet Bulk for $216M
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06:27 EDTCMITrucking stocks likely to outperform S&P 500, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its work indicates trucking stocks respond most directly to economic growth. With the economy on a growth trajectory, Citi expects trucking stocks are likely to outperform the S&P 500. The firm reiterates Buy ratings on Swift Transportation (SWFT) and Knight Transportation (KNX), with a preference for Swift. It also has a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI) and Neutral on PACCAR (PCAR).
February 19, 2015
11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar retail trends remain negative, says Wells Fargo
After Caterpillar reported earlier that its retail sales of machine declined 14% in the three month period ending in January, Wells Fargo noted that the trend worsened from December's 12% drop and that all regions reported declines. The firm believes retail trends remain negative for Caterpillar shares, on which it keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:09 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end January
Caterpillar reported in a filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in January. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in December and were down 10% in the period ending in November. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 27% in the January period, which was down fom the 22% drop in the December end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 10%, worse than the 9% drop in the December period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were up 22% in the January end period, which was the same growth rate as seen in the December period.
07:20 EDTCATCaterpillar facing multiple federal investigations, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
11:14 EDTGEGE, Alstom deal likely to face intense EU scrutiny, Reuters says
General Electric's (GE) deal for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business is likely to face an intense EU antitrust investigation, says Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:07 EDTGEBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:23 EDTCATCaterpillar discloses grand jury subpoena requesting financial information
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February 15, 2015
16:45 EDTTXTFAA proposes new rules for commercial operation of drones in U.S
The Department of Transportationís Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, in todayís aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Publicly traded companies in the space include General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), AeroVironment (AVAV), SAIC (SAIC), Textron (TXT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and GoPro (GPRO). Reference Link
15:42 EDTGEGE inaugurates new Indian manufacturing facility, Reuters says
General Electric inaugurated its new manufacturing facility in India this weekend that the conglomerate will use as an export hub, with plans to send half of its output to the company's global factories, says Reuters. The new Indian facility will be a major part of GE's plan to win increased domestic orders there, added Reuters. Reference Link

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