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Caterpillar Sales Latest Cratering Confirm Global Growth Slowdown

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While CAT's CEO puts on a brave face, the results from his company are clearly indicative of the slowing global growth that everyone (apart from nominal equity indices) knows is occurring. For months, talking heads have used CAT's results as a proxy for growth and as they are rising confirming their inherent BTFD biases; however, this month's terrible results - with Asia/Pac down 12% on a 3-month rolling basis and North America down 11% - appears to confirm what has been evident in the lagging global GDP data for over a year - things are not picking up.

CAT Results...


Confirming the slowing Global GDP (that stocks seems so adamant to ignore)...


for now...

Charts: CAT and Bloomberg


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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:03 | 3259233 WayBehind
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Those must be "unadjusted" numbers. Everything is fine :)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:18 | 3259328 camaro68ss
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who needs to build things? all the wealth is in the stock market and Financial sectors, duh 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:31 | 3259397 Sudden Debt
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who needs to build things?



as Obama would say....


and he's right....

Cheap Mexican construction workers did that....




damn... those asian chicks on the left side of the page are back on Zerohedge.... man... do they have bonkers or what....

gona download some asian porn....

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:36 | 3259425 otto skorzeny
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I had 3 small town cops in my neighborhood put in 60K pools this past year-so do I get to use 'em since i paid for 'em?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:39 | 3259437 Sudden Debt
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only if you respect the dresscode...


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:44 | 3260750 Tijuana Donkey Show
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You didn't pay for them, all the busts that came in light did. When your in court, your not going to say that 50K and 2 kilos are missing, you STFU, it's just a transaction tax. Seen it first hand, half of america's police force would be in jail if you just did basic means testing of assets to income. Extra credit - check the whole family....

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:03 | 3259234 GetZeeGold
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Hey DOW 14K......not bad huh?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:54 | 3259518 mayhem_korner
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That reads like an IM from Ben to Timmay.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:05 | 3259241 DeadFred
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Just print more


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:06 | 3259253 Dr. Engali
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It's all good. Soon Cat will be making products to help us haul our fiat around. That should help their earnings.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:58 | 3259551 Hulk
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Good one Doc!

Time to invest in DRPower!!!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:06 | 3259254 resurger
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No one cares about the real economy, the stock markets is the most important to ramp atm.

Dow 36K



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:22 | 3259348 Ness.
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9:15 (CDT) Fed begins buying treasuries under outright POMO program, ah buying stawk futures.  Look at a fucking ES chart at 9:15.


Sickening - it's really too bad it has come to this.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:22 | 3259417 TruthInSunshine
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This is the point I've been hammering over and over again (b/c I believe it); it's not just that the central planners are selling the bullshit memo again that "equity markets correlate with the real condition of the real economy," but consider that Bernanke is a year away from leaving his post, and that's he's pumped the "Virtuous Circle" macroeconomic theory more than even Greenspan did when he was Fed Head.

The difference now is that the real economy has known 3 condition under Bernanke's helm since the "financial crisis that noone could've seen coming":  1)  Dropping; 2) Stabilizing; 3) Marginally improving.

I'm probably just a pessimist, but now that the real economy is, at best, stagnant, and more likely, contracting in real terms again (i.e. decontruct the official growth figures, strip out the impact of inflation as a metric that allows growth to be reported - meaning that real growth reported is actually nominal), Bernanke risks a completely tortured legacy if equity markets fall, especially before he scoots out the door, as pumping equity markets higher in nominal terms with massive amounts of leveraged debt has been his one sole "accomplishment" (the funny thing about "accomplishments" like these is that they tend to be viewed as wealth-destroying vortexes & failures over a longer time frame) in 4 years of crisis management post 2008.

The last thing Bernanke wants is to be publicly ridiculed by the likes of the brain dead Steve Kroft for his incredibly idiotic "Virtuous Circle" macroeconomic theory.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:39 | 3260078 sschu
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The last thing Bernanke wants is to be publicly ridiculed by the likes of the brain dead Steve Kroft for his incredibly idiotic "Virtuous Circle" macroeconomic theory.

Herein lies a fundamental issue, these guys are so wedded to a mindset that they can never admit they were wrong.  Reducing rates and priming the pump has always worked, it will work now ... even 4+ years after the crash and mountains of evidence to the contrary.  

They misdiagnosed the problem from the beginning, liquidity vs insolvency, a LOT of smart people told them so, but they "stayed the course".  So here we are, stuck in a stagnant cycle with an addition $5 trillion in government debt and trillions more owed somewhere that is impossible to track.    

WTI approaching $100, gasoline the highest it has ever been on this date, nearly 50 million on food stamps, 9 million on SSDI (Zuck says 11 million) and millions out of work with zero hope.  A trillion $$ in un-dischargeable higher education debt with over 10% delinquency and some of our largest states bankrupt except for the paperwork. (Illinois, Cali, NY)

And we reelect the authors of this fiasco.

God has removed his protective umbrella over the US, he did so in 2001, we are on our own now.  :-(


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:42 | 3260095 Hongcha
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Well stated TIS; but that son of a bitch's legacy is going to get handed to him like a floppy wet piece of meat.

He has performed his task well and no doubt pleased his masters.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:07 | 3259258 mayhem_korner
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 things are not picking up.


Oh...things are picking up alright.  Like a snowboard at the crest of one of A-basin's double-black-diamonds.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:44 | 3259467 Law97
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A-basin's double diamonds are THE best skiing anywhere.  Thank you for mentally taking me away from the collapsing world economic system if for just a few moments.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:07 | 3259259 desoto
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Working in the largest packaging company in North America I can confirm the slowdown.  Our orders have softened considerably in the last two weeks with machine downtime (economic downtime) now being scheduled.  The big reset is coming soon!!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:15 | 3259310 Oldwood
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Why should we believe you when we have government (seasonally adjusted) data that says its all good and getting better everyday? admittedly my business is sucking wind but I'm sure I'm also the exception to this rising tide, and am only failing due to my constant thirst for money. I'm currently studying new business approaches that are centered on the workplace becoming simply a place for "employees" to come and have coffee and donuts. Oh, and we are also going to learn to speak French!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:27 | 3259383 Winston Churchill
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May I suggest Chinese instead,or Russian.

My businesses were also sucking wind from before Xmas to early Feb.

We normally get a fortnight (two weeks to American speakers)hangover period then.

This year it was six weeks,It gone crazy since then, hope yours improves also.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:03 | 3259584 Rip van Wrinkle
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Spoke to my ex-business partner last night and he told me the phone stopped ringing at Christmas, as it always does, and hasn't rung since. He asked to give him a call every day to make him feel better.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:34 | 3260042 Temporalist
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You know what your problems are?  Not one of you uses Facebook and Twitter enough.  I mean, you can start your own social network and have "Friends" "like" your posts (and stuff) and then generate billions from it.  Everyone is doing it.  You are just missing the boat on these completely necessary tools of the new economy.  Plus you can then create an app for that...whatever that is.  I think there is now an app to tell you how much of a complete loser you are...and it comes directly to your smart phone!  Who wouldn't want that?!?!


Oh...and free money.  Can't forget the free money.  You will need free money too.


Oh and debt.  I almost forgot the massive amounts of debt you'll need as well.



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:19 | 3259330 resurger
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Desoto +1

But i have to tell you that we have "Decoupled" from reality long long time ago... We are only waiting for the zombies to eat one another.

R.I.P Reality.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:09 | 3259266 Sudden Debt
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Maybe their SHOE DIVISION will outperform and make up for the rest?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:24 | 3259362 3.7.77
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And found at your local ChinaMart.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:37 | 3259430 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:13 | 3259270 TruthInSunshine
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Bernanke has pledged to purchase each and every unit of Caterpillar production from hence forward with fiatkis.

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

-Alexis de Tocqueville


(Ritholtz's QOTD, his first positive contribution to society in about 5 years.)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:29 | 3259386 DaveyJones
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and with the public's grandchildren's money

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:31 | 3260688 michael_engineer
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Screw their money. It's the publics grand children's resources that have pulled forward, leaving them what? Doodly Squat, as Grandma at the country store in Josey Wales might profess.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:08 | 3259271 chinaboy
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As far as China is concerned, CAT's share in the market has been dropping steadily since 2005.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:12 | 3259294 otto skorzeny
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CATs are like AKs-they run forever with basic maintenance

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:09 | 3259275 PUD
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Cummins warned this morning...earnings to be 7 cents light

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:25 | 3259365 Sockeye
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Lafarge took a series of charges in 2012, due to write-downs on its Greek and Western European and several business restructurings. These more than offset the one-off gains it achieved from the sale of businesses. In fact, if it were not for the € 466 million (US$ 620 million) gain from the sale of its gypsum businesses last year, the company would have made a net loss.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:10 | 3259281 LawsofPhysics
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Do Nobel laureates still believe in infinite growth of any one species in a finite and complex closed system?  Good luck with that.  As the available energy decreases, so will the real eCONomy.  Same as it ever was, now that we have a global eCONomy it is time to start thinking like the survivors of Easter Island and get to work on that "raft" to take a lucky few to Mars...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:41 | 3260701 michael_engineer
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Screw Mars. Alaska ought to be warm enough soon, and fish and fur stocks will recover within years of a slowdown in their unsustainable catch business model.

And Alaska is upwind from the Yellowstone caldera should it go off anytime in the coming millennia so the grand grand grands won't suffer direct effects.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:10 | 3259284 BlueStreet
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CAT will do well cleaning up the aftermath after TSHTF.  It's a post revolution play.   

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:14 | 3259289 otto skorzeny
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can't the govt just pay union operators $50/hr to dig a hole and then fill it back in-that will increase demand for $400k CAT excavators. kind of like subsidizing US farmers so they can afford $400K John Deere combines.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:38 | 3259434 Winston Churchill
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Already do.Hence $16t in debt.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:39 | 3259436 Osmium
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They might already be doing that.   Cat 450E ready projects.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:11 | 3259292 nobusiness
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3D printing must be eating into their sales

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:13 | 3259299 otto skorzeny
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i just printed a 325 excavator to start tearing down abandoned houses

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:19 | 3259334 Oldwood
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An excavator is the absolutely best toy ever. I bought a Bobcat 334 to do work around my house and it is a blast. Unfortunately I spend a lot of time repairs sprinkler lines I accidently rip out but still...its a hoot!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:41 | 3259456 Osmium
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I rented a mini excavator to replace the culvert under my driveway.   It was a lot of fun to operate.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:12 | 3259293 Smegley Wanxalot
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This can't be true because the government propaganda machine told me otherwise.  Bernanke wouldn't lie to us!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:13 | 3259301 nobusiness
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Gold Rush Guys are buying used equipment

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:15 | 3259303 LongSoupLine
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CAT...a Cramer fucking favorite.  Go fucking figure.


It should fucking explode to the upside soon, because everyone will need heavy fucking equipment to fucking carry all that devalued fucking fiat to the store to buy a fucking loaf of horse shit laced Monsanto bread.


Fuck you Bernanke, fucking Ivytard fuck.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:38 | 3259432 otto skorzeny
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fuckhead Cramer likes Toll Bros also but their #s sucked donkey today too.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:16 | 3259312 gjp
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CAT, too bad being stuck in the real economy.  Look at LinkedIn or Amazon, no limits there, and no need for earnings either.  Both up 1%-2% again, on top of 30%+ gains in the last three months.  Anyone short these and long gold must really be stupid (said while looking in the mirror ...)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:34 | 3259412 jdelano
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Try CRM.  Lost my ass in a long dated put option on that POS.  Many thanks to the yen/usd though for making up the difference.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:14 | 3259647 TruthInSunshine
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lmao. CRM is the poster child for the New Even More Winning-ier Winners of the Newer World v2.0

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:16 | 3259315 AssFire
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Said it before and I'll say it again:

"Man who buy drowned CAT- must pay for wet pussy"

That is well known in China.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:16 | 3259317 Notarocketscientist
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Checking MSM.... NOT a peep about this so far.... 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:32 | 3259740 thecoloredsky
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:16 | 3259318 Grand Supercycle
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Wile E. Coyote sell off is getting closer as SP500 daily & weekly uptrends simultaneously complete a protracted topping process.

It’s taking longer to roll over because daily AND weekly trends are terminating together.

Therefore the resultant downtrend should have good momentum.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:17 | 3259321 youngman
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This guy is ALWAYS mr take this as really bad news......latin America will soon follow the slowdown..they are 1 year behind the game down here....

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:17 | 3259323 Son of Loki
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at least it's 'better then expected'....

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:24 | 3259329 conspicio
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Mike Dewalt swears it is a slowdown in mining activity, but really it is a slowdown in decision making by the customer. Mining customers are negotiating contracts and with their uncertainty, the contracts aren't shaking to signature as fast as they normally would. Meanwhile, mining companies are accruing debt and shedding labor while many customers look into the crystal ball and see...nada. Then we have the vultures circling and looking for M&A activity, all the while praying at the altar to the central bank that their targets really do go to hell so they can scoop them up with the investment bank of their choice. Mining M&A upticking as organic growth is soft on pricing.


And Caterpillar, being dumb enough to stay in Illinois after all that befalls you makes you a fucking joke. Terex all the way, bitchez.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:41 | 3259448 otto skorzeny
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CAT has IL by the balls-they pay almost nothing to the Stare of IL-Gov Bald Irishman worked out some back room deals. although when the older plant leases expire they will probably shutter them. the only people getting hammered by IL taxes are the employees

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:47 | 3260133 Hongcha
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Talk to me, Otto ... I grew up in Peoria.  Peoria will be in deep shit indeed if CAT shutters anything.  And to think they have been building, for years, a CAT museum on the waterfront - even while the waterfront renovation businesses opened in 2000's are closing and business dries up again.  Peoria has always only had 3 wheels on the road even in the best of times ... it is typical mid-sized Midwest city in terminal decline since the 1970's ... I shudder to think what would become of her if CAT takes a real dive ...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:42 | 3260092 Kayman
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"Terex all the way"

Loaded a truck with my ranching buddy's Terex last week.  Nice machine but will never outlast a Cat with the running gear it has. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:19 | 3259331 Notarocketscientist
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Bernanke can print and the banks can use the cash to buy Cat machines which they can later sell back to the US govt and 50% profit. 

Go long CAT!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:22 | 3259341 scatterbrains
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What's Dr. Copper have to say about this... oh wait

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:22 | 3259350 digalert
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Jan 29 BMO capital upgrades CAT to "outperform"!

what would we do without these rating agencies?


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:34 | 3259407 MFLTucson
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Why not if they were long and wanted out of CAT at a  high price?  Isn’t that what Dodd/Franks stand for…..fraud a deception allowed by the Wall Street gangsters?   


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:26 | 3259368 Oldwood
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While Iknow that the vast bulk of the bailout money DID NOT go into infrastructure, but man! Most of the real construction I see is roads and bridges...everywhere. Massive projects. Huge elevated interchanges, bridges and the like.I mention this only to suggest that without these projects how bad would construction equipment sales and employment be. While I'm glad that they are at least spending our stolen money on something other than empty suits, I can't help but think about how much of our economy is still artificial.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:44 | 3259468 otto skorzeny
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govt sponsored construction costs would be dramatically lower if it weren't for Davis Bacon wage fixing-good luck getting that one repealed by the Dems and their union building trades buddies. a lot of that infrastructure $ went to swing states to keep the unemployment #s down.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:27 | 3259380 MoneyThangs
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Such a brutal sell off today,  havent freaked out this much over the stock market since the end of 2008

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:30 | 3259398 orangegeek
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I heard that Ben and Barry are taking delivery of 1000 Back Hoes.


They'll be parked on the front lawn of the white house.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:33 | 3259408 lizzy36
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But Cramer told me 2 weeks ago that CAT has set the bar so LOW, it has no where to go but UP.#btfd

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:33 | 3259410 rtalcott
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Postal Service to launch clothing line in 2014

Chanel. Dior. Armani. Vera Wang. U.S. Postal Service?

The cash-strapped Postal Service announced Tuesday that it has inked a licensing deal with an Ohio-based clothing company to produce a line of apparel dubbed “Rain Heat & Snow.” The attire aims to reach well beyond T-shirts and baseball caps to include “wearable electronics”—like jackets with iPod controls built into the sleeve, USPS spokesman Roy Betts explained to Yahoo News.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:45 | 3259471 otto skorzeny
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they should start producing low-cost high-cap mags-they would make a fortune

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:35 | 3259413 virgilcaine
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So much for that 'Global Growth Strategy'.  The CEO's are Genuiuses in a boom.. not so much now.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 14:08 | 3260241 Shizzmoney
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I still have no idea why shareholders think CEOs should be paid so much.....oh wait, the public in the stock market are fucking morons, that's right.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:54 | 3259503 earleflorida
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:57 | 3259538 NEOSERF
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Europe is doing just fine...another data point confirming that there is money in knocking down foreclosed buildings...Thanks CAT!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:06 | 3259601 LFMayor
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Things will improve for Cat as soon as the free cheese stops shipping into the inner city vote gardens. 

Bullish on KillDozers.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 14:06 | 3260234 Shizzmoney
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Good - fuck Caterpillar

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:31 | 3260687 mind_imminst
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Wow! Super bullish news for nominal stock prices. S&P 2000 here we come!! Woot, woot. 

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