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Automakers like BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan are aiming for a piece of the growing Chinese luxury car market amid an increasing trend among Chine...

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Chinese luxury car market lures Leading automakers like BMW, Volkswagen

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McDonald's (MCD) Earnings Review

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended on September 30, McDonald’s beat analysts’ expectations for EPS but fell short of estimates for revenues. Total revenues for the quarter came in at $7.32 billion, a 2% increase from the same quarter last year. Operating income rose 6% from 3QFY12 to reach $2.41 billion. Earnings per share (EPS) were $1.52, also a 6% increase for the same quarter in the prior year. Franchise revenues rose 4% while revenues for company-operated locations rose 2%. Global comparable same store sales rose 0.9% over last year. McDonald’s also increased its quarterly dividend per share by 5% to $0.81.

Caterpillar (CAT) Company Description

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is a global industrial machines manufacturer based out of Peoria, Illinois. The company is classified under three main segments based on the end user markets that it serves. Caterpillar machinery is used in the construction, mining and power generation industries. Caterpillar’s 2012 market cap was $53 billion, and its global sales were $66 billion. The company’s three main segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Power Systems -accounted for almost a third of the company’s revenues. Geographically, the US accounted for 36% of sales followed by Asia Pacific at 26%. CAT serves its end markets through a network of authorized dealers and distributors.

Merck (MRK) Investment Risks

The risk associated with investing in Merck include the possibility that the drugs in the company’s pipeline fail to produce expected results or face regulatory difficulties that don’t allow the drugs to reach the market. Emerging markets and in other countries the company faces pricing pressures that decrease margins. The political climate in the US healthcare industry may also force regulations on the company which will impede in the company’s financial growth. Foreign exchange fluctuations put the company in a difficult position given the fact that the company has no control over currency volatility. Drug tendering mostly happens in 4Q which forces prices of drugs down in many markets that it happens in.

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