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Aug 29, 2014

Pratt suspended F-35 engine shipments in May over titanium

Aug 29 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s Pratt
& Whitney unit briefly suspended delivery of the engine for the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet in May because of questions about
titanium provided to a parts supplier.

Pratt said on Friday it discovered conflicting documentation
in late May that raised questions about the origin of the
titanium, which was also used in parts for engines made by its
Pratt & Whitney Canada division. The Lockheed Martin Corp
F-35 strike fighter is the Pentagon’s costliest weapons

Aug 25, 2014

Honeywell lockout of union at Illinois uranium plant nearing one month

Aug 25 (Reuters) – A lockout of about 135 union employees at
a Honeywell International Inc uranium conversion plant
in Illinois is poised to extend past a month as the two sides
remain apart on several issues.

Production and maintenance employees at the Metropolis,
Illinois, plant who are members of United Steelworkers Local
7-669 have been locked out since the start of August, after a
three-year contract expired. Talks are not expected to resume
this week while the company reviews the union’s latest proposal,
said union spokesman John Paul Smith.

Aug 20, 2014

U.S. architecture billings index hits highest level since 2007

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The Architecture Billings Index, considered a leading indicator of U.S. non-residential construction, rose in July to a seven-year high, the American Institute of Architects said on Wednesday.

The ABI rose to 55.8 in July, from 53.5 in June, reflecting an increase in design activity.

Aug 5, 2014

Emerson tempers outlook as Q3 results miss estimate

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Emerson Electric Co posted
lower-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on Tuesday,
pointing to “persisting economic challenges,” and said its
full-year results would come in at the low end of its

Shares of the U.S. automation and power supply systems maker
slipped 1.4 percent to $63.07 in morning trade on the New York
Stock Exchange.

Aug 1, 2014

Corporate reports signal stronger US commercial building recovery

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – Rising orders and increasing optimism from companies like United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Tyco International (TYC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) point to a strengthening recovery in the U.S. commercial construction market, which has been limping back since bottoming more than three years ago.

The anecdotal evidence, buttressed by a strengthening index of architectural billings that is considered a leading indicator of commercial construction spending, bodes well for a variety of manufacturers whose fortunes are linked to construction spending for everything from hotels and offices to hospitals and schools, which remain far off their peaks from about six years ago.

Jul 29, 2014

Eaton tempers profit view, dents hopes for vehicle spin-off

July 29 (Reuters) – Eaton Corp tempered its
full-year profit forecast on Tuesday due to weaker margins in
its electrical systems business and dented some Wall Street
hopes for a near-term spin-off of its vehicle business, sending
its shares down 6 percent.

The U.S. manufacturer of power products and systems also
said bookings fell 2 percent for its hydraulics segment, while
second-quarter profit missed analysts’ target.

Jul 25, 2014

Sluggish Latin American results show risks for U.S. companies

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – U.S. companies are reporting sluggish financial results in Latin America, showing the risks they face in relying on Brazil and other emerging markets in the region for growth.

Companies ranging from Ford Motor Co to 3M Co and Caterpillar Inc reported second quarter earnings that highlighted weakness in their Latin or South American operations.

Jul 22, 2014

United Tech posts 8 pct profit rise, gives rosier outlook

July 22 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp posted
an 8 percent increase in quarterly profit, topping estimates, as
sales of its elevators and aircraft parts helped offset a
sluggish performance in its Pratt & Whitney engine business.

The diversified U.S. manufacturer also gave a more bullish
profit outlook for 2014.

Jul 18, 2014

GE’s $3 bln credit card IPO pegged to U.S. consumer recovery

July 18 (Reuters) – The success of General Electric Co’s
impending initial public offering for its private-label
credit card unit could ride on investors’ willingness to bet
that a lukewarm consumer-led U.S. economic recovery heats up.

GE began its investor road show on Friday for the IPO of the
unit, to be called Synchrony Financial, as it revealed new
details about the business.

Jul 18, 2014

GE profit rises 13 percent, expects retail finance IPO end-July

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 13-percent jump in quarterly net income Friday on improved sales of its jet engines and oil and gas equipment, and said it was targeting the initial public offering of its private-label credit-card business for the end of the month.

The U.S. conglomerate has been planning a partial IPO of the North American retail finance business, to be called Synchrony Financial, as part of a plan to exit the business and slim down its overall GE Capital unit.

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