U.S. Companies Issuing Profit Outlooks for Oct. 18

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

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                                Oct. 18
                                   2011 Q3/11  Q4/11    2011   2012  Total
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                                          ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                               24    454     35  2,399    175   6,414
 Up:                                 10     65      7    542     42     23%
 Down                                10    185     12    536     24     26%
 Neutral                              4    194     14  1,206     49     46%
 Ex-Item Charges                      0     10      2    115     60      5%
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S&P 500:                             12    120     13    715     73   1,830
 Up:                                  7     13      3    148     20     23%
 Down                                 4     49      3    156      9     23%
 Neutral                              1     52      7    366     20     47%
 Ex-Item Charges                      0      6      0     45     24      7%
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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AAPL* Apple Inc                 Q4/11     U   Expects gaap of $9.30.
                                              Mean estimate is $9.02;
                                                 range $6.51 to $10.30.
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AGL   Agl Resources Inc         Q3/11     D   Expects eps of ($0.01) to $0.05.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.23;
                                                 range $0.03 to $0.31.
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AGL   Agl Resources Inc          2011     D   Expects eps of $2.90 to $3.00.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.07;
                                                 range $2.90 to $3.17.
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ELS   Equity Lifestyle Properties Q4/11   D   Expects ffo of $0.85.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.95;
                                                 range $0.92 to $1.04.
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ELS   Equity Lifestyle Properties  2012   D   Expects ffo of $4.42.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                              Mean estimate is $4.51;
                                                 range $4.37 to $4.64.
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ESIC  Easylink Services Intl-Cl  2012     D   Expects eps of $0.55 to $0.60.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.87;
                                                 range $0.87 to $0.87.
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ETR*  Entergy Corp              Q3/11     U   Expects eps of $3.52.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.53;
                                                 range $2.36 to $2.70.
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ETR*  Entergy Corp               2011     U   Expects eps of $7.15 to $7.65.
                                              Mean estimate is $6.71;
                                                 range $6.40 to $7.51.
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GPC*  Genuine Parts Co           2011     U   Expects eps of $3.51 to $3.55.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.50;
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                                 range $3.45 to $3.55.
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GWW*  Ww Grainger Inc            2011     U   Expects eps of $8.80 to $9.00.
                                              Mean estimate is $8.76;
                                                 range $8.56 to $8.90.
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HSP*  Hospira Inc                2011     D   Expects eps of $2.95 to $3.05.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.85;
                                                 range $3.00 to $4.00.
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JNJ*  Johnson & Johnson          2011     N   Expects eps of $4.95 to $5.00.
                                              Mean estimate is $4.96;
                                                 range $4.90 to $5.00.
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JNPR* Juniper Networks Inc      Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.32 to $0.36.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.37;
                                                 range $0.27 to $0.43.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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MANH  Manhattan Associates Inc   2011     U   Expects eps of $2.23 to $2.27.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.02;
                                                 range $2.00 to $2.03.
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NUAN  Nuance Communications Inc Q4/11     U   Expects eps of $0.41 to $0.42.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.40;
                                                 range $0.39 to $0.42.
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PH*   Parker Hannifin Corp       2012     U   Expects eps of $7.25 to $7.85.
                                              Mean estimate is $6.96;
                                                 range $6.54 to $7.50.
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PII   Polaris Industries Inc     2011     N   Expects gaap of $3.10 to $3.16.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.13;
                                                 range $3.03 to $3.29.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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PKG   Packaging Corp Of America Q4/11     U   Expects eps of $0.37.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.36;
                                                 range $0.33 to $0.39.
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SON   Sonoco Products Co        Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $0.59 to $0.63.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.63;
                                                 range $0.58 to $0.68.
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SWK*  Stanley Black & Decker In Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $1.30.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.33;
                                                 range $1.17 to $1.40.
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SWK*  Stanley Black & Decker In  2011     D   Expects eps of $5.15.
                                              Mean estimate is $5.16;
                                                 range $4.80 to $5.32.
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TESS  Tessco Technologies Inc    2011     N   Expects eps of $1.80 to $2.10.
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                                         Up/
      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                              Mean estimate is $1.92;
                                                 range $1.89 to $1.95.
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UNF   Unifirst Corp/Ma           2012     D   Expects eps of $3.65 to $3.95.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.98;
                                                 range $3.87 to $4.05.
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UNH*  Unitedhealth Group Inc     2011     U   Expects eps of $4.40 to $4.45.
                                              Mean estimate is $4.38;
                                                 range $4.60 to $4.23.
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NOTE: * Denotes company is in the S&P 500. Cumulative figures
begin in July 2010. Up (U), Down (D) and Neutral (N) ratings are
based on a comparison between the company forecast and the
consensus analyst estimate. Ex-item (X) charges are company
announced extraordinary items which will have an impact on
future earnings per share.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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