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Caterpillar to 'vigorously' contest IRS penalties of roughly $2.3B

In a regulatory filing, Caterpillar said that, on January 31, 2018, it received a Revenue Agent's Report from the IRS indicating the end of the field examination of its U.S. income tax returns for 2010 to 2012. In the audits of 2007 to 2012 including the impact of a loss carryback to 2005, the IRS has proposed to tax in the United States profits earned from certain parts transactions by CSARL, based on the IRS examination team's application of the "substance-over-form" or "assignment-of-income" judicial doctrines. The company said it is "vigorously" contesting the proposed increases to tax and penalties for these years of approximately $2.3B. "We believe that the relevant transactions complied with applicable tax laws and did not violate judicial doctrines," Caterpillar said. "We have filed U.S. income tax returns on this same basis for years after 2012. Based on the information currently available, we do not anticipate a significant increase or decrease to our unrecognized tax benefits for this matter within the next 12 months. We currently believe the ultimate disposition of this matter will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, liquidity or results of operations. With the exception of a loss carryback to 2005, tax years prior to 2007 are generally no longer subject to U.S. tax assessment. In our major non-U.S. jurisdictions including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Singapore and the U.K., tax years are typically subject to examination for three to ten years. Due to the uncertainty related to the timing and potential outcome of audits, we cannot estimate the range of reasonably possible change in unrecognized tax benefits in the next 12 months."

CAT Caterpillar
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Wells Fargo with analyst Edward Kelly saying performance at the company has improved recently, and the momentum should accelerate in 2018. 2. Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna with analyst Sam Poser saying he believes earnings results should surprise to the upside given a low bar and weather that was not as bad as expected, which drove better sales trends. 3. Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Seaport Global with analyst Michael Shlisky citing fourth quarter dealer checks and discussions with the company and competitors. 4. ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Needham with analyst Mike Matson saying he now believes the company can sustain higher revenue growth over the next few years and is positioned to drive sustained operating leverage. 5. HP Enterprise (HPE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Katy Huberty saying she believes that declines at the legacy Enterprise Group will moderate in 2018 and be offset by upward trending IT budgets and near-term growth from hyperconverged, flash and network security. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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PIPR
01/25/18
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Target $49
PIPR
Overweight
Piper sees potential upside to Trimble's Q4 after Caterpillar sales
Piper Jaffray analyst Brett Wong says he continues to see strength in Trimble Navigation's (TRMB) key end markets. The company's joint venture partner Caterpillar (CAT) reported yesterday ongoing acceleration in construction equipment sales through the back-end of 2017, Wong tells investors in a research note. He believes this drives potential upside for Trimble's Q4. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $49 price target.
02/01/18
ARGS
02/01/18
NO CHANGE
Target $185
ARGS
Buy
Caterpillar price target raised to $185 from $155 at Argus
Argus analyst John Eade raised his price target on Caterpillar to $185 and kept his Buy rating, saying the management was optimistic about the outlook in its latest earnings report. Eade raises his FY18 EPS target to $9.20 from $8.30, forecasts more growth in FY19, and adds that shares continue to offer value despite the recent advance in the stock price. The analyst believes that various commodity and currency trends are turning in the company's favor, just as the management takes steps to aggressively reduce costs.
02/15/18
UBSW
02/15/18
NO CHANGE
Target $190
UBSW
Buy
Competition analysis solidifies Caterpillar's market leadership, says UBS
UBS analyst Steven Fisher said an analysis of the construction equipment market shows that Caterpillar is by far the market leader. They have the highest capacity share, the best market quality, and low competitive overlap, said Fisher, who reiterated his Buy rating and $190 price target on Caterpillar shares.

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