U.S. Companies Issuing Profit Outlooks for Nov. 17

The following U.S. companies provided their financial outlooks today:

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                                 Nov. 17
                                    2010  Q3/10  Q4/10    2010   2011  Total
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                                           ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                                20    535    409    968    299   2,213
 Up:                                   2    118     85    320     71     27%
 Down                                  2    150    100    186     61     22%
 Neutral                              10    235    207    437    143     46%
 Ex-Item Charges                       6     32     17     25     24      4%
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S&P 500:                               8    130     99    312     94     635
 Up:                                   0     29     19    108     23     28%
 Down                                  1     30     20     45     17     18%
 Neutral                               6     63     55    150     45     49%
 Ex-Item Charges                       1      8      5      9      9      5%
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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AMAT* Applied Materials Inc      Q4/10     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $0.30 to $0.34 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $0.33;
                                                  range $0.27 to $0.35 range.
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BJ    BJ’S Wholesale Club Inc     2011     U   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $2.48 to $2.52 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $2.44;
                                                  range $2.41 to $2.50 range.
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CBK   Christopher & Banks Corp   Q4/10     X   Expects $0.37 eps charge
                                                  on deferred tax assets and
                                                  income tax expense;
                                               Mean estimate is $0.11;
                                                  range $0.10 to $0.12 range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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FE*   FirstEnergy Corp           Q4/10     X   Expects $0.15 eps charge
                                                  on cancellation of plans to
                                                  restart Burger plant;
                                               Mean estimate is $0.78;
                                                  range $0.69 to $0.99 range.
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FPO   First Potomac Realty Trust  2010     U   Expects FFO to be in the
                                                  $1.18 to $1.20 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.07;
                                                  range $0.97 to $1.22 range.
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GGP   General Growth Properties  Q1/11     X   Expects $1.68 eps charge
                                                on spin-off of Howard Hughes;
                                               Mean estimate is ($1.33);
                                                range ($1.55) to ($1.10) range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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GWW*  WW Grainger Inc            Q4/10     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $1.49 to $1.69 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.65;
                                                  range $1.54 to $1.73 range.
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GWW*  WW Grainger Inc             2010     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $6.50 to $6.70 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $6.66;
                                                  range $6.55 to $6.75 range.
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GWW*  WW Grainger Inc             2011     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $7.15 to $7.90 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $7.61;
                                                  range $7.30 to $8.15 range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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HOTT  Hot Topic Inc              Q4/10     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $0.11 to $0.14 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $0.13;
                                                  range $0.11 to $0.15 range.
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IPAR  Inter Parfums Inc           2011     D   Expects eps to be $0.96.
                                               Mean estimate is $0.98;
                                                  range $0.93 to $1.04 range.
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LAYN  Layne Christensen Company   2011     X   Expects $0.20 to $0.25 eps
                                                addition on Bencor acquisition;
                                               Mean estimate is $1.22;
                                                  range $1.00 to $1.32 range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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LTD*  Limited Brands Inc         Q4/10     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $1.02 to $1.17 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.17;
                                                  range $1.11 to $1.22 range.
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LTD*  Limited Brands Inc          2010     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $1.82 to $1.97 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.94;
                                                  range $1.82 to $2.00 range.
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NTAP* NetApp Inc                 Q4/10     D   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $0.48 to $0.50 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $0.51;
                                                  range $0.48 to $0.58 range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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PERY  Perry Ellis International   2011     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $1.72 to $1.80 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.75;
                                                  range $1.67 to $2.00 range.
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PETM  PetSmart Inc               Q1/11     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $0.71 to $0.75 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $0.73;
                                                  range $0.70 to $0.76 range.
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PETM  PetSmart Inc                2011     N   Expects eps to be in the
                                                  $1.96 to $2.00 range.
                                               Mean estimate is $1.98;
                                                  range $1.92 to $2.02 range.
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      Company                    Period  Down  Guidance
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SHAW  Shaw Group Inc             Q4/10     X   Expects $0.45/share charge
                                                  on jury verdict regarding
                                                  contract dispute with Xcel
                                                  Energy;
                                               Mean estimate is $0.51;
                                                  range $0.43 to $0.59 range.
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WCC   Wesco International Inc     2011     X   Expects $0.30 or more eps
                                                  addition to eps on TVC
                                                  acquisition;
                                               Mean estimate is $3.18;
                                                  range $3.00 to $3.52 range.
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NOTE: * Denotes company is in the S&P 500. Cumulative figures
begin in July 2010. Up, Down and Neutral ratings are based on a
comparison between the company forecast and the consensus
analyst estimate. Ex-item charges are company announced
extraordinary items which will have an impact on future
earnings per share.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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