The numbers at Caterpillar Financial Services took a turn for the worse in the second quarter. The lending arm of construction equipment giant Caterpillar still posted a profit of $104 million in the three months ended June 30, but that was down 30 percent from a year earlier. Revenues slipped 6 percent to $683 million but new business fell 20 percent as most of the company's big customer groups cut back on spending.
Two firms tracking the shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners have lowered their ratings on Nashville's biggest bank company following its second-quarter profit report. Keefe Bruyette & Woods analyst Jefferson Harralson has trimmed Pinnacle to 'market perform' from 'outperform' but maintained his $54 price target. And analysts at Portales Partners have made a similar move, going to 'sector perform.' Pinnacle shares, which took a dip yesterday following the profit report, are up 1.6 percent to $55.49 (Ticker: PNFP) this morning.
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