U.S. Companies Issuing Profit Outlooks for Oct. 24

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

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                                Oct. 24
                                   2011 Q3/11  Q4/11    2011   2012  Total
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                                          ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                               23    458     73  2,464    181   6,527
 Up:                                  7     65     10    562     43     23%
 Down                                 5    188     26    546     25     26%
 Neutral                             11    195     33  1,240     53     46%
 Ex-Item Charges                      0     10      4    116     60      5%
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S&P 500:                             12    120     30    744     74   1,877
 Up:                                  3     13      3    156     20     22%
 Down                                 3     49     10    160      9     23%
 Neutral                              6     52     16    382     21     47%
 Ex-Item Charges                      0      6      1     46     24      7%
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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AAN   Aaron’S Inc               Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $0.41 to $0.45.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.44;
                                                 range $0.42 to $0.45.
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AAN   Aaron’S Inc                2011     N   Expects eps of $1.73 to $1.77.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.77;
                                                 range $1.74 to $1.80.
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AAN   Aaron’S Inc                2012     N   Expects eps of $1.88 to $2.04.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.99;
                                                 range $1.83 to $2.12.
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AEC   Associated Estates Realty  2011     D   Expects ffo of $1.02 to $1.04.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.08;
                                                 range $1.06 to $1.10.
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AMGN* Amgen Inc                  2011     N   Expects eps of $5.15 to $5.30.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                              Mean estimate is $5.22;
                                                 range $5.13 to $5.27.
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CAT*  Caterpillar Inc            2011     U   Expects eps of $7.25.
                                              Mean estimate is $6.67;
                                                 range $6.43 to $7.05.
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CI*   Cigna Corp                 2011     D   Expects eps of $5.05 to $5.30.
                                              Mean estimate is $5.31;
                                                 range $5.10 to $5.74.
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ETN*  Eaton Corp                Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $1.06 to $1.16.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.09;
                                                 range $1.02 to $1.17.
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HWAY  Healthways Inc             2011     U   Expects eps of $0.97 to $1.04.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.95;
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                                 range $0.88 to $1.00.
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HXL   Hexcel Corp                2011     U   Expects eps of $1.18 to $1.23.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.14;
                                                 range $1.09 to $1.18.
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KMB*  Kimberly-Clark Corp        2011     N   Expects eps of $4.80 to $4.90.
                                              Mean estimate is $4.84;
                                                 range $4.75 to $4.90.
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LSTR  Landstar System Inc       Q4/11     U   Expects eps of $0.62 to $0.67.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.60;
                                                 range $0.54 to $0.66.
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NFLX* Netflix Inc               Q4/11     D   Expects gaap of $0.36 to $0.70.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.10;
                                                 range $0.70 to $1.70.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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PCL*  Plum Creek Timber Co      Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $0.37 to $0.42.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.38;
                                                 range $0.33 to $0.42.
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PCL*  Plum Creek Timber Co       2011     N   Expects eps of $1.18 to $1.23.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.19;
                                                 range $1.15 to $1.24.
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RCII  Rent-A-Center Inc         Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $0.78 to $0.84.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.82;
                                                 range $0.75 to $0.85.
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RCII  Rent-A-Center Inc          2011     N   Expects eps of $3.10 to $3.30.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.27;
                                                 range $3.20 to $3.37.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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ROP*  Roper Industries Inc      Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $1.18 to $1.22.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.21;
                                                 range $1.17 to $1.25.
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ROP*  Roper Industries Inc       2011     U   Expects eps of $4.29 to $4.33.
                                              Mean estimate is $4.25;
                                                 range $4.18 to $4.30.
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TXN*  Texas Instruments Inc     Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.28 to $0.36.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.54;
                                                 range $0.45 to $0.60.
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VECO  Veeco Instruments Inc     Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.54 to $0.86.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.09;
                                                 range $0.68 to $1.39.
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VECO  Veeco Instruments Inc      2011     U   Expects eps of $4.81 to $5.11.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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                                              Mean estimate is $4.78;
                                                 range $3.43 to $5.25.
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VFC*  Vf Corp                    2011     U   Expects eps of $8.15.
                                              Mean estimate is $7.88;
                                                 range $7.42 to $8.10.
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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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