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Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Improves EPS Guidance After Strong Second Quarter

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Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) has announced its second quarter 2015 financial results, surpassing Wall Streets’ earnings and revenue expectations. The conglomerate reported EPS of $1.51 on net sales of $9.8 billion for the period. The market had consensus earnings estimates of $1.49 per share over revenues of $9.75 billion for the second quarter. Honeywell’s EPS improved by 9% year-over-year, whereas its net sales were down by 5% in comparison with the same quarter last year. While discussing the financial results, Dave Cote, CEO of Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), said, “We delivered 3% core organic sales growth and had another quarter of double-digit earnings growth when normalized for tax.  We saw growth acceleration in both the short- and long-cycle businesses within Aerospace, continued growth in our commercial and industrial businesses within ACS, and higher volume across our Advanced Materials portfolio, particularly in Fluorine Products.” These promising results allowed Honeywell International to improve its annual EPS guidance by $0.05 to $6.05-$6.15 for fiscal 2015. The company has maintained its previous guidelines for annual sales and free cash flow.Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON)

In a recent Pentagon defense contract deal, Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) received a contract worth $41.4 million for supplying APN-209 radar altimeters to the U.S. Army and federal civilian agencies. While talking about the company at an investment conference in New York this week, Nelson Peltz of Trian Partners had this to say about the company, Cote, and its other management, “I think the guy running Honeywell […], he knows how to run a conglomerate. There aren’t a lot of conglomerates out there that we agree with; that’s one that we do. They’ve proven their mettle, that they can run these diverse businesses, they know when to get out of them, they know when to get in them, and they do a great job. You know, you’ve gotta earn the right to be a conglomerate, and they have.”

Nelson Peltz
Nelson Peltz
Trian Partners

The shares of Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) are up 5.68% year-to-date and by 1.96% today. Smart money as a whole agreed with Peltz, maintaining a bullish outlook for the shares of the conglomerate during the first quarter, as 48 hedge fund managers having $1.29 billion in shares of the company at the end of the first quarter, up from the aggregate investments of $1.13 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. It is worthwhile to mention that the shares of the company improved by 4.39% in the first quarter, leading to an increase in aggregate investments.

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We also track insider transactions (hence our name), and find that 12 insider sales have taken place in the past six months at Honeywell. CEO Cote made the largest insider sale by selling 303,798 shares of the company on February 23 at a price of $104.27 per share.

With all of this in mind, let’s review the fresh smart money action regarding Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON).

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