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February 20, 2013
12:35 EDTODP, OMX, CAT, NTSP, TSS, HNR, MMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following the release of several domestic economic reports and ahead of the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. The averages drifted quietly with little direction in the early part of the session, but weakened following rumors that a sizable commodity hedge fund was in trouble and was forced to liquidate. Details of that rumored collapse were scarce, though crude prices were down over 2% in midday trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Commerce Department figures showed total housing starts dropped 8.5% to a 890K rate in January, which was less than forecast. However, building permits were up 1.8% in the month, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%. Producer prices in January rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The core producer price inflation figure, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2%, which was in line with expectations. Also, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its Jan. 29-30 meeting at 2pm ET... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) both declined after confirming their previously rumored plan to merge, but the announcement took a strange turn. Office Depot inadvertently announced the deal early as part of its earnings report, though both companies confirmed the merger in press releases later in the morning. Following the confirmation of the all-stock deal, Office Depot fell 14%, while OfficeMax slid nearly 4%... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) declined almost 2% after disclosing that global retail machine sales dropped 4% in the three months through January, continuing a trend of declining sales that began in the prior month... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NetSpend (NTSP), which rose over 28% to $15.79 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems slipped more than 6%. Also lower were shares Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down over 38% after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated, and Millennial Media (MM), which fell 36% after its quarterly report and a downgrade of the stock at Morgan Stanley... INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was down 18.97, or 0.14%, to 14,016.70; the Nasdaq was down 17.42, or 0.54%, to 3,196.17; and the S&P 500 was down 6.17, or 0.40%, to 1,524.77.
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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
12:59 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar shares near 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
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10:47 EDTCATCaterpillar July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:44 EDTCATCaterpillar read-through modest negative for Cummins, says Wells Fargo
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10:28 EDTCATCaterpillar reports 3-month end June retail machine sales down 10%
Caterpillar disclosed in a regulatory filing earlier that its total retail sales of machines for the 3-month rolling period ended June were down 10%. In the rolling period, retail machine sales were down 30% in Asia/Pacific, down 21% in EAME, down 18% in Latin America and up 14% in North America. Total energy & transportation retail sales for the 3-month rolling period were down 10%.
08:51 EDTTSSTotal System EBITDA guidance extremely compelling, says JMP Securities
After Total System reported higher than expected Q2 EPS, JMP Securities thinks the company's guidance of 17%-20% EBITDA growth is extremely compelling, while its core North American card operations are accelerating and the results of its international business should improve significantly this year. The firm likes the stock at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:11 EDTTSSTotal System downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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July 22, 2014
16:02 EDTTSSTotal System reports Q2 adjusted EPS 45c, consensus 45c
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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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06:17 EDTHNRHarvest Natural signs DOC with Gabon
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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 10, 2014
16:07 EDTHNRHarvest Natural files $300M mixed securities shelf

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