STOCKS FALL, CATERPILLAR GETS SMOKED: Here's what you need to know

Stocks slumped in morning trading and staged a big rebound near the close, but ultimately finished the day in the red. Caterpillar shares sold off and weighed down the blue-chip Dow after the company put out a grim outlook for sales.

First, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 16,242.38, -37.51, (-0.23%)
  • S&P 500: 1,935.47, -3.29, (-0.17%)
  • Nasdaq: 4,740.87, -11.87, (-0.25%)

And now, the top stories on Thursday:

  1. Caterpillar plans to cut 10,000 jobs as part of a restructuring amid “a convergence of challenging marketplace conditions in key regions and industry sectors — namely in mining and energy.” The company said its sales would decline for a third straight year in 2015 to $US48 billion. The industrial giant is considered a bellwether for China’s and the global economy, and so this outlook is a warning sign. The stock fell by up to 7%w.
  2. Citi cut its price target on Twitter shares and said the stock is “High Risk”. Analyst Mark May also lowered his 2016 ad revenue forecast by 4.7%, from $US3.010 billion to $US2.868 billion. Twitter is in a prolonged search for a new CEO, and it has seen the growth of active users slow down. The stock fell by up to 5%.
  3. Remember Cynk Technology? Philip Kueber, a Canadian man, has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he conspired to commit securities fraud and money laundering. He had been charged in connection with a $US300 million penny-stock manipulation scheme that took the share price of Cynk up 24,000% last year, and gave it a market value of more than $US6 billion.
  4. In economic data, new home sales rose 5.7% at an annualized pace of 552,000 last month, according to the Census Bureau. That was the fastest pace since early 2008. Durable goods orders fell less than expected in August, down 2%, while “core” durable goods orders fell 0.2%.
  5. And, initial jobless claims rose less than expected to 267,000 last week, up 3,000. The four-week moving average fell 750 to 271,750 according to the labour department, which reported no special factors.

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