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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.

Jun 6, 2014

Hertz to restate 2011 results and review 2012, 2013

June 6 (Reuters) – Hertz Global Holdings Inc said it
would restate or correct financial results for the past three
years to fix accounting errors originating in 2011, sending the
car rental company’s shares down as much as 11.5 percent on

First-quarter results are likely to be below market
estimates due to costs related to the accounting review, the No.
2 U.S. car rental firm said in a regulatory filing that signaled
further possible financial adjustments ahead.

Jun 5, 2014

UTC sees no big impact from Bombardier engine-test failure

By Lewis Krauskopf and Solarina Ho

(Reuters) – The failure of a Pratt & Whitney jet engine during testing on a new Bombardier Inc plane last week is unlikely to have a significant impact on Bombardier’s testing schedule, an executive at Pratt parent United Technologies Corp said on Thursday.

“We’re working now with Bombardier on a plan to resume testing here in the next few weeks,” United Tech Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes told an investor conference.

Jun 1, 2014

Pratt attacks costs in ramp-up to make new jet engine

June 1 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney is working to preserve
profit margins as it gears up production of a highly efficient
new jet engine for planes such as the Airbus A320neo,
coming out next year, the company’s president said.

Pratt hopes the new engine, known as the Geared Turbofan or
GTF, will help cement its comeback in the cut-throat market for
powering jetliners. But engine sales tend to generate slim
profit margins at the front end, which could squeeze profits at
Pratt and its parent United Technologies Corp.

May 30, 2014

Bombardier CSeries flight testing halted after engine problem

TORONTO, May 30 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s new
CSeries jetliner suffered an “engine-related incident” during
stationary maintenance testing on Thursday, prompting a halt to
flight tests and dealing another blow to the plane maker’s
effort to compete with Boeing and Airbus in the narrow-body

Bombardier said on Friday it was investigating the incident
with Canadian authorities and engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a
unit of United Technologies Corp.

May 21, 2014

GE CEO Immelt says still expects to close Alstom deal

May 21 (Reuters) – General Electric Co Chief
Executive Jeff Immelt said on Wednesday that GE is still going
to “work constructively” with the French government on its bid
for the power business of Alstom and that he expects
the deal to close.

GE has encountered resistance to its $16.9 billion proposal
from the government, which has sought to encourage Germany’s
Siemens as a potential rival bidder. But Immelt told
an investor conference on Wednesday that, “We wouldn’t have
started if we didn’t think we could finish.”

May 14, 2014

Frugal U.S. consumers make it tough for food companies to raise prices

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rebecca Sumrow is one of the customers food and restaurant company executives have in mind when they consider raising prices to offset higher costs as meat and milk soar to record highs.

The 30-year-old from San Clemente, California, was out of work for a short time last year and saved money by moving in with her boyfriend and cutting back on clothes shopping and dining out. Though she now has a good job working for an investment firm, she’s maintaining her frugal ways.

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