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Caterpillar Earnings Surpass Expectations

Caterpillar posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the world's largest mining and construction equipment aggressively cut costs to offset sluggish sales.

Wall Street Watch Tuesday: Caterpillar Gets Pessimistic

Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, is cutting its long-term growth outlook. And that's bad news for all around, because this industrial giant's not just a company, it's a global economic bellwether.

Should You Buy Floating-Rate Notes?

The yields offered by banks are laughable. This situation got several well-known companies thinking, "Let's sell debt to consumers who recognize and trust our brand, and offer interest rates on it that are slightly higher than these CDs and money markets." Thus, the "floating-rate demand note" was born.

Is American Manufacturing on Track for a Comeback?

Detroit's Big Three are in hiring mode again, and Japanese automakers are building cars in the U.S. to export to Asia. And they aren't the only ones ramping up U.S. production. Is America at the beginning of a new industrial age? The answer lies in China.

Layoffs Leave Everyone Worse Off

Corporate executives stick to a script when pulling the layoff lever: Cite the tough economic landscape, promise that employees will remain the firm's most valued asset, insist that there was no other option to protect the company's future. Here's why you shouldn't buy what corporate America's selling when it comes to life-ruining layoffs.

Dow Logs Worst One-Day Drop Since 2008

A bruising session on Wall Street Thursday wiped more than 500 points off the Dow - its worst drop since October 2008. Driving the fear is growing concern about the possibility of another recession. Will the selloff continue Friday? It all depends on the Labor Department's employment report.

Made in America Leaders That Make a Real Difference

How many problems with the U.S. economy would be solved if more people bought American, and if more companies would were willing to help them do so by manufacturing here? Joel Joseph of the Made in the USA Foundation thinks it would help plenty, and he's honoring companies that have taken the lead.

Jim Cramer: Where to Make Money Now

Major benchmarks have stalled after climbing by double digits during the previous two quarters. So what's an investor to do? Investment guru Jim Cramer has some tips on what you should avoid and where you'll find the best bets in the second quarter.

Stocks Keep Rolling for Another Weekly Gain

Stocks closed broadly if modestly higher Friday on light volume as traders avoided making any big bets ahead of a long holiday weekend. The equity markets closed up for the third straight day and extended their winning ways to a third consecutive week.

Six Industries That Could Reap a Blizzard of Profits

This season's series of colossal storms have cost millions of dollars for states, municipalities and businesses. But companies in these six industries are finding that the rough winter's snows are a gift from the weatherman.

This Week: Major Earnings and Reports Every Day

With corporate earnings season in full swing -- watch for McDonalds, along with Catepillar, Amazon and other -- and with the Fed meeting on interest rates, the GDP estimate and housing numbers coming out -- the week ahead is expected to be quite busy.

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

Is Gold a Bubble About to Pop? These Charts Say No

Some say the precious metal will keep rising, others that it's tracing out a classic speculative bubble soon to burst. Nobody has a crystal ball, but an "agnostic" technical analysis of the charts provides some good clues about gold's future.

Face-Off on Stocks: Alcoa, Caterpillar, United Technologies

China and other emerging markets will be a growth story for a long time to come creating opportunity for American companies and investors. Nikhil Hutheesing and Dan Burrows face-off in this video about which U.S. stocks stand to benefit the most.

Caterpillar to Issue Renminbi-Denominated Debt

Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is marketing a two-year 1 billion renminbi bond to institutional investors in Hong Kong. It's only the second multinational company to test the waters of the "dim sum" market, and its offering is five times the size of the first, a bond from McDonald's.

Seeking Deep Value in Stocks Outside the U.S.

While stocks in the U.S. are likely to chug along well into next year, there could be better opportunities in international stocks. Sandy Mehta of Value Investment Principals, discusses three international growth companies, traded on U.S. exchanges, that have terrific prospects, but are now trading at deep discounts.

Caterpillar to Buy Engine Maker MWM for $810 Million

Caterpillar Inc (CAT) agreed to buy German company MWM Holding, a maker of engines that can run on alternative fuels, for 580 million euros ($810 million). MWM engines operate on fuels including diesel, biogas, and industrial waste gas, and can be used to generate electricity, Caterpillar said in a statement. The company is based in Mannheim, Germany.

The Difficult Job of Dignifying Hard Work

Mike Rowe's role as host of "Dirty Jobs" puts him hip deep into the roughest, toughest and filthiest jobs in America. But for the past two years, he's had a second job -- running MikeRoweWorks, a website and foundation that advocates for good-old, honest blue-collar work.

CEOs Who Laid Off More Got Paid 42% More Money

CEOs who cut the most jobs during the recession earned an average of 42% more than their S&P 500 peers, according to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies. Top execs at the 50 firms that laid off the most workers since the economic crisis began averaged nearly $12 million in 2009.

The 25 Companies That Cut 700,000 Jobs

Since the recession began, more than 8 million Americans have lost their jobs. But perhaps even more surprising is the small number of companies that are responsible for laying off such a large percentage of today's unemployed workers.

Can This Earnings Season Keep Up Its Winning Streak?

The first peak week of second-quarter earnings season was just what the market ordered, thanks to some beat-and-raise reports from Dow blue chips. This week has more such big-name results on tap. And again, investors will be looking closely for top-line revenue growth.