Caterpillar 3Q Earnings Tumble 44%

Caterpillar says its third-quarter earnings plunged 44%, and the construction equipment maker cut its 2013 forecast again, partly because of weaker mining equipment sales.

PEORIA, Illinois (AP) โ€” Caterpillar says its third-quarter earnings plunged 44%, and the construction equipment maker cut its 2013 forecast again, partly because of weaker mining equipment sales.
 
The Peoria, Illinois, company says it earned $946 million, or $1.45 per share, in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compares with $1.7 billion, or $2.54 per share, in last year's quarter.
 
Revenue tumbled 18 percent to $13.42 billion.
 
Analysts forecast earnings of $1.68 per share on $14.29 billion in revenue.
 
Caterpillar Inc. now expects 2013 earnings of about $5.50 per share, down $1 from its previous forecast. It also dropped revenue expectation to about $55 billion from $56 billion to $58 billion. The company also lowered its earnings and revenue expectations in July.
 
Caterpillar shares fell more than 4% in premarket trading.
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