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Oct 29, 2014

U.S. agency sues Honeywell over employee wellness testing

Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc to stop
the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to
undergo testing under its corporate wellness program.

The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by the
federal agency challenging a corporate wellness program, with
Honeywell the biggest company to be targeted. Wellness programs
that encourage healthier habits have become increasingly popular
in Corporate America, as they promise to improve productivity,
cut absenteeism and reduce medical costs.

Oct 29, 2014

Eaton profit beats on higher sales of electrical products

By Lewis Krauskopf and Rohit T. K.

(Reuters) – Eaton Corp Plc (ETN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a maker of electrical and hydraulic systems, reported a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by increased sales of electrical products.

The company lowered its projected growth for its markets this year, as weakness internationally counters stronger performance in the United States.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. nuclear regulators probing leak at Honeywell uranium plant

Oct 28 (Reuters) – U.S. nuclear regulators are investigating
a leak of uranium hexafluoride that occurred on Sunday at an
Illinois plant operated by Honeywell International Inc
where union workers have been locked out.

Honeywell confirmed the Sunday evening leak at its
Metropolis, Illinois plant, saying it was due to an equipment
failure. There were no injuries and no reason to believe anyone
was endangered by the leak, according to Honeywell.

Oct 23, 2014

3M profit tops views, full-year projection narrowed

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – 3M Co (MMM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted higher quarterly profit on Thursday that topped Wall Street’s estimate, reporting improved performance across its business segments but narrowing its full-year financial targets as it pointed to bigger currency impacts.

Sales from the diversified manufacturing company, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, rose 3.9 percent. Such organic sales growth, closely watched by Wall Street, slowed from the second-quarter but was ahead of the expectation of some analysts.

Oct 21, 2014

United Tech posts broad revenue, order growth; shares up

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday posted a rise in quarterly profit, helped by a tax settlement and revenue increases across its aerospace and commercial building segments.

The diversified maker of Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Otis elevators said third-quarter revenue rose 4.6 percent, while orders increased across its main business segments.

Oct 20, 2014

Low oil prices spark caution for diverse U.S. manufacturers

Oct 20 (Reuters) – The shaky global economy already has
pressured shares of diversified U.S. manufacturers, and many of
these industrial companies face another worry: the drop in oil

The concern for these manufacturers is that oil and gas
customers will reduce their capital spending because of fears of
a lack of return with energy prices low.

Oct 17, 2014

Aviation suppliers feast on industry backlogs, air travel growth

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – A commercial jet manufacturing boom is fueling suppliers’ profits, with U.S. corporate results on Friday underscoring strong demand from the aviation industry in a rocky global economy.

The latest earnings may steady investor confidence in manufacturers exposed to the sector, offsetting concern about other markets such as energy as well as general worry about stagnating growth outside the United States.

Oct 17, 2014

GE profit tops estimates as cost cuts drive margins

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, as cost cuts that helped boost margins across its industrial businesses offset revenue that fell below analysts’ targets.

Shares of GE rose 4 percent to $25.21 in premarket trading.

The U.S. conglomerate posted a 4 percent rise in organic revenue, which excludes acquisitions, for its industrial manufacturing businesses, on which Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt is increasingly focusing the company.

Oct 15, 2014

Earnings could halt stock selloff in U.S. conglomerates

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – Investors who have endured a four-month selloff in shares of large U.S. manufacturers will be looking for solid revenue growth and order trends in third-quarter earnings reports starting on Friday to help allay fears that a soft global economy will derail the outlook for diverse industrial names.

Concerns over weak economic growth in Europe and stagnation in emerging markets have dented shares of these large industrial companies, which depend on sales outside of the United States, according to portfolio managers and analysts who follow the stocks.

Oct 9, 2014

GE says data business on track for over $1 billion in sales

By Lewis Krauskopf

NEW YORK(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it was on track to generate more than $1 billion in revenue this year from its industrial data-analysis business, and plans to make its software platform broadly available next year.

GE is making a big bet on what it calls the “Industrial Internet,” in which the company harnesses data from large industrial machines, such as power-generating turbines and jet engines, to yield productivity, efficiency and other improvements for customers.

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