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  1. January 22, 2014

    US aerospace groups cite mixed demand

    Two of the biggest suppliers in the US aerospace industry on Wednesday announced a mixture of strong demand from commercial...

  2. October 22, 2013

    UTC lifts profit forecast as sales weaken

    United Technologies on Tuesday became the second big industrial company in a week to lift its current-year profit forecast...

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  1. October 7, 2013

    US defence contractors recall staff

    Many of the tens of thousands of staff at military contractors who faced being sent home this week are to stay at work...

  2. October 4, 2013

    Lockheed shares hit by shutdown

    Investors’ caution on US companies that depend on revenue from the government sent the S&P 500 lower for the week, as the...

  3. October 4, 2013

    Lockheed to send 3,000 workers home

    Lockheed Martin will send 3,000 workers home from work on Monday, in the latest evidence of the growing impact on military...

  4. October 3, 2013

    Sharp US sell-off for utilities and industrials

    A combination of weak US economic data and little indication of progress in Washington sent US equities lower, led by a...

  5. October 1, 2013

    US defence stocks shake off shutdown

    US defence and aerospace contractors moved mostly higher to recover some recent losses as investors greeted the first day of...

  6. September 19, 2013

    Pratt and Rolls abandon plan for aircraft engine partnership

    Two of the biggest forces in commercial aircraft engines will have to continue to work independently after regulatory...

  7. September 10, 2013

    Netflix takes a starring role

    US indices were poised for a fifth consecutive day of gains, helped by Netflix, which broke through the $300 level to reach...

  8. August 28, 2013

    North Sea workers fear flying in Super Puma helicopters

    Super Puma helicopters had a poor reputation among oil workers long before one of them crashed into the sea on Friday,...

  9. July 23, 2013

    United Technologies gains on raised earnings guidance

    The S&P 500 rally paused on Tuesday as the summer earnings season drove investors to companies with positive outlooks,...

  10. July 5, 2013

    Financials buoy US stock markets

    The S&P 500 finished the week with a rally after Treasury rates rose sharply following the release of strong US jobs data,...

  11. July 3, 2013

    US stocks trade higher before holiday

    US indices moved higher ahead of next week’s earnings season and Best Buy rose as its turnround effort continued to gain...

  12. June 30, 2013

    On Monday: There’s money to be made through forensic accounting

    The words “forensic accounting” conjure up images of detectives on the hunt for corporate malfeasance. By such means were...

  13. June 7, 2013

    Walmart helps turn S&P 500 positive for week

    Walmart investors were buoyed by news of a fresh share buyback programme, as the S&P 500 surged ahead after a strong jobs...

  14. May 28, 2013

    General Electric: industrial strength?

    Jeff Immelt wants General Electric to be an industrial company first. That may be the good news. Unfortunately, it has been...

  15. April 26, 2013

    Letter from Lex: money to burn

    What do you do when you have $145bn in cash? Borrow money of course. Apple’s plan to do just that to fund its $100bn capital...

  16. April 24, 2013

    Starbucks seeks fresh US tax breaks

    Starbucks has launched a US offensive to protect and expand tax breaks on foreign profits – just months after its tax...

  17. April 23, 2013

    US industrials: internally diverse

    Consider United Technologies a tiebreaker on first-quarter earnings for diversified industrials companies. Last Thursday...

  18. April 23, 2013

    R-R to sell half of helicopter engine venture

    Rolls-Royce, the UK-based engine maker, is to sell half of its helicopter engine joint venture to its partner Safran of...

  19. April 23, 2013

    Apple shares turbulent on results

    Apple shares see-sawed in after-market trading after the US technology company caved to growing pressure from investors and...

  20. April 23, 2013

    Acquisitions buoy UTC earnings

    First-quarter net income at United Technologies, the diversified industrial group, rose to $1.27bn from $330m in the same...

  21. April 8, 2013

    General Electric: the long game

    GE’s acquisition strategy always captivates investors’ attention. Its purchase of Lufkin Industries, the oil drilling...

  22. March 5, 2013

    Wall St rally sends indices to new highs

    Technology stocks were the best performers on Wall Street, sending the S&P 500 information technology subgroup up 1.5 per...

  23. March 4, 2013

    Pratt & Whitney admits unit falsified test data

    A division of Pratt & Whitney, the aircraft engine maker, falsified test data for aircraft engine parts over 15 years, the...

  24. February 13, 2013

    GE boosts coffers with NBCUniversal sale

    General Electric plans to use the proceeds from the $18.1bn sale of its stake in NBCUniversal to Comcast for share buybacks,...

  25. January 23, 2013

    Defence cuts cause General Dynamics loss

    General Dynamics on Wednesday became the first big US military contractor to take a significant writedown for declining US...

  26. January 23, 2013

    Gains in tech stocks lift Wall Street

    Google shares soared on Wednesday following the release after Tuesday’s close of quarterly earnings that beat expectations,...

  27. January 10, 2013

    US cuts put ceiling on defence projects

    US defence budget cuts are likely to favour existing suppliers over would-be competitors, as the Pentagon switches spending...

  28. December 20, 2012

    Record year for junk bonds

    Overall global debt issuance rose in 2012 buoyed by a record year for junk bonds, but problems in the eurozone, regulatory...

  29. December 20, 2012

    Europe’s buyout groups turn to the US

    For Europe’s largest private equity houses, the US market has been a blessing, as the old continent grapples with recession...

  30. December 7, 2012

    When you’re 64, will your nest egg be big enough?

    A mountain of evidence suggests US investors have misgivings about whether they will be able to retire comfortably – but...

  31. December 7, 2012

    Firms step up efforts to encourage more saving

    The near demise of corporate pensions has made retirement an uncertain concept for today’s workers, many of whom, for lack...

  32. November 29, 2012

    In-house: Overlapping spheres

    Within four years of being set up in 2004, Facebook realised that, although it was a young company, it needed a grown-up...

  33. November 5, 2012

    Abbott Labs arm in $14.7bn bond issue

    The pace of US bond deals has accelerated sharply in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with a sale by an arm of Abbott...

  34. October 23, 2012

    UTC and 3M cut forecasts

    United Technologies and 3M, the US industrial groups, were the latest in a series of companies to cut their outlooks for...

  35. October 16, 2012

    Chinese slowdown a drag on US earnings

    The slowdown in the Chinese economy shows no clear sign of ending and has become a drag on US manufacturers’ earnings,...

  36. September 23, 2012

    Pratt & Whitney set for Pure Power play

    The circular plate on a table at Pratt & Whitney’s engine factory in Middletown, Connecticut, looks unremarkable: no more...

  37. September 19, 2012

    Warning on fallout from US defence cuts

    Military contractors could force the cost of US defence equipment to rise sharply if a law cutting spending from January...

  38. September 12, 2012

    US groups step up sales of non-core units

    US companies are shedding non-core assets at a record rate, selling underperforming units to competitors and financial...

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