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February 20, 2013
16:52 EDTODP, OMX, TRI, CAT, CHTP, NTSP, TSS, HNROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major averages dropped after the minutes from the last FOMC meeting indicated several Fed members are ready to vary the pace of bond buying... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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. The minutes from the FOMC's Jan 29-30 meeting, released at 2 pm ET, said that several Fed members are concerned about the costs and risks of additional asset purchases. Several members of the committee said the Fed should be prepared to vary the pace of asset purchases, as the committee members continued to see moderate economic growth and gradually declining unemployment... COMPANY NEWS: The Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) merger, reported over the long holiday weekend by the Wall Street Journal, was formally announced by the companies. However, the confirmation was inadvertently released on Office Depot's website ahead of the joint announcement, an error for which Thomson Reuters (TRI) later took responsibility. Shares of both companies, which had run-up after the WSJ story, declined following the confirmation, with Office Depot losing 84c, or 16.73%, to $4.18 and OfficeMax falling $91c, or 7%, to $12.09... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) dropped $2.38, or 2.49%, to $93.22 after disclosing that global retail machine sales were down 4% in the three month rolling period ending January 31... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), up $1.14, or 149.51%, to $1.91 after the company received FDA guidance for a Northera new drug application resubmission and the stock was upgraded to Buy at Ladenburg. Also higher was NetSpend (NTSP), up $3.52, or 28.64%, to $15.81 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems lost $1.51, or 6.43%, to $21.97 following the acquisition. Also lower were shares of Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down $3.71, or 40.5%, to $5.45 after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated since the government of Indonesia voted against the transaction... INDICES: The Dow was down 108.13, or 0.77%, to 13,927.54; the Nasdaq was down 49.18, or 1.53%, to 3,164.41; and the S&P 500 was down 18.99, or 1.24%, to 1,511.95.
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July 24, 2014
07:43 EDTCATCaterpillar Financial reports Q2 revenue $728M
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07:38 EDTCATCaterpillar sees $2.5B stock repurchase in Q3
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07:37 EDTCATCaterpillar raises FY14 EPS view to $6.20 from $6.10, consensus $6.23
Narrows FY14 revenue view to $54B-$56B from $53.2B-$58.8B, consensus $56.23B. Most of the change in the mid-point of the range is in Construction Industries and reflects weaker sales in China, the CIS and in the Africa/Middle East region. The expectation for restructuring costs in 2014 is now about $400M—the bottom end of the $400M-$500M range that was previously expected. The company said, "After a sizable drop in sales and revenues in 2013, our ongoing forecasting process has, since the third quarter of last year, pegged 2014 as a roughly ­flat year for sales. That's still the case. There have been plusses and minuses, but they've both been relatively muted in the context of our total sales and revenues. While we'd certainly like to see improvement in economies around the world, and more specifically, the mining industry, the stability that we've seen this year has helped. Even though sales and revenues are relatively flat compared to last year, we've improved the bottom line with better execution and continued focus on costs."
07:34 EDTCATCaterpillar raises FY14 EPS view, narrows FY14 revenue outlook
07:33 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q2 EPS $1.57, consensus $1.53
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07:29 EDTTRIThomson Reuters initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $36.
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.
07:22 EDTTRIThomson Reuters partners with BGC Partners for OTC data coverage
Thomson Reuters (TRI) and BGC Partners (BGCP) announced a strategic agreement to expand customer access to over-the-counter pricing data. BGC's OTC pricing data is now available to customers of Thomson Reuters Eikon, its flagship financial markets desktop, Thomson Reuters Elektron Real Time, Tick History and DataScope Select, as well as BGC's trading system.
07:15 EDTTRIThomson Reuters announces expanded partnership with BGC Partners
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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
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