Movers: Texas Instruments, Caterpillar, AmEx, 3M, Pfizer
Texas Instruments (TXN) reported third-quarter earnings per share (EPS) of 43 cents, vs. 54 cents one year earlier, on a 7.4% revenue decline. The company said revenue was weak because consumers and corporations reduced their spending. TI expects fourth quarter revenue to decline substantially based on weak order trends. The company will reduce annual expenses by more than $200 million in its Wireless business, especially in its cellular baseband operation, and is pursuing the sale of the merchant portion of this operation. Deutsche Bank reportedly downgraded the shares to hold from buy.
American Express (AXP) posted better-than-expected third-quarter EPS from continuing operations of 74 cents, vs. 94 cents one year earlier, as slowing growth in Cardmember spending, moderating lending volumes, and significant additions to loan loss reserves offset a 3% revenue rise. Wall Street was looking for EPS of 59 cents. AmEx said it will reduce operating costs and staffing levels, and will record a related charge in the fourth quarter.
DuPont (DD) posted third-quarter EPS of 56 cents, vs. 59 cents (excluding items) one year earlier, as higher costs and expenses offset a 9.3% sales rise. DuPont sees fourth-quarter EPS of 20-25 cents, which reflects continuing hurricane-related business interruption impacts of about 10 cents and expected weakening demand in North American and Western European markets. The company cut its $3.45-$3.55 2008 EPS guidance to $3.25-$3.30.
3M Co. (MMM) posted third-quarter EPS of $1.42, vs. $1.29 one year earlier (both excluding special items), on a 6.2% revenue rise. The company sees $5.40-$5.48 2008 EPS (excluding special items).
Caterpillar (CAT) reported third-quarter EPS of $1.39, vs. $1.40 one year earlier, as slightly higher operating expenses offset a 13% revenue rise. The company continues to expect 2008 sales and revenue to be more than $50 billion and EPS of about $6.00. It expects 2009 sales and revenue to be flat with 2008. Overall, Caterpillar says it expects world economic growth will slow from 3.8% in 2007 to 2.8% in 2008.
Pfizer (PFE) reported third-quarter adjusted EPS of 62 cents, vs. 58 cents one year earlier, on a 2% rise in adjusted revenues. Based on year-to-date performance, and the outlook for the remainder of 2008, Pfizer raised the lower end of its 2008 revenue guidance range to $48 billion-$49 billion from $47 billion-$49 billion.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) reported third-quarter EPS of $1.31, vs. $1.87 one year earlier, on an 8.9% revenue decline amid lower copper prices. The company said it is revising its operating plans to target reductions in costs, defer or eliminate capital projects, defer exploration expenditures and potentially curtail production at high-cost operations given weaken industry and economic conditions.
Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) post ed a third-quarter loss per share of 14 cents, vs. 61 cents EPS one year earlier, as higher credit costs and market valuation adjustments offset a 41% rise in net interest income.
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