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U.S. Companies Issuing Profit Outlooks for Dec. 21

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

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                                Dec. 21
                                   2011 Q4/11  Q1/12    2011   2012  Total
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                                          ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                                7    411     11  2,856    346   7,448
 Up:                                  1     61      1    710     72     23%
 Down                                 2    166      2    625     66     26%
 Neutral                              3    178      7  1,403    142     46%
 Ex-Item Charges                      1      6      1    118     66      5%
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S&P 500:                              2    117      7    869    120   2,149
 Up:                                  0     11      0    196     25     22%
 Down                                 1     43      2    183     19     23%
 Neutral                              1     62      5    442     48     48%
 Ex-Item Charges                      0      1      0     48     28      7%
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                                         Up/
      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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ATU   Actuant Corp-A            Q1/12     N   Expects eps of $0.35 to $0.40.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.36;
                                                 range $0.33 to $0.39.
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BBBY* Bed Bath & Beyond Inc     Q1/12     N   Expects eps of $1.28 to $1.33.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.30;
                                                 range $1.27 to $1.36.
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FCFC  Firstcity Financial Corp  Q1/12     X   Expects $2.43 eps addition from
                                                refinancing credit facility.
                                              No estimates available.
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ORCL* Oracle Corp               Q1/12     D   Expects eps of $0.55 to $0.58.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.59;
                                                 range $0.55 to $0.60.
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                                         Up/
      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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PZZA  Papa John’s Intl Inc       2012     D   Expects eps of $2.33 to $2.43.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.50;
                                                 range $2.36 to $2.58.
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SCS   Steelcase Inc-Cl A        Q1/12     N   Expects eps of $0.13 to $0.17.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.17;
                                                 range $0.15 to $0.18.
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VMI   Valmont Industries         2011     U   Expects eps at least $5.90.
                                              Mean estimate is $5.76;
                                                 range $5.65 to $5.85.
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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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