A Caterpillar front-end loader is hauled from a dealership in Illinois. The heavy-equipment maker reported better-than-expected profit Thursday. (File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Second-quarter outlooks for S&P 500 companies so far are much more optimistic than the past two quarters, Reuters reports. Fewer companies are cutting estimates and those that are reducing forecasts haven't done so as aggressively as in the past. Surprisingly strong results have come from many high-profile names, including Apple, Caterpillar, Netflix and United Technologies. [Full Story]
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