U.S. Companies Issuing Profit Outlooks for Jan. 3

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

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                                 Jan. 3
                                   2012  Q4/11  Q1/12    2011   2012  Total
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                                          ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                                6    417     15  2,860    348   7,464
 Up:                                  0     61      1    710     72     23%
 Down                                 4    170      3    627     66     26%
 Neutral                              1    178      9  1,404    142     45%
 Ex-Item Charges                      1      8      2    119     68      5%
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S&P 500:                              1    118      8    871    122   2,155
 Up:                                  0     11      0    196     25     22%
 Down                                 0     43      2    184     19     23%
 Neutral                              0     62      5    442     48     48%
 Ex-Item Charges                      1      2      1     49     30      7%
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                                         Up/
      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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APKT  Acme Packet Inc           Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.26 to $0.28.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.37;
                                                 range $0.34 to $0.39.
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APKT  Acme Packet Inc            2011     D   Expects eps of $1.03 to $1.05.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.12;
                                                 range $0.79 to $1.15.
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MMM*  3M Co                      2012     X   Expects $0.03 eps addition from
                                                 acquisition of Office and
                                                 Consumer Products business of
                                                 Avery Dennison.
                                              Mean estimate is $6.31;
                                                 range $6.00 to $6.65.
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                                         Up/
      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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NATI  National Instruments Corp Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.26 to $0.27.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.28;
                                                 range $0.26 to $0.31.
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PRGS  Progress Software Corp    Q1/12     D   Expects eps of $0.25.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.37;
                                                 range $0.35 to $0.37.
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TISI  Team Inc                   2011     N   Expects eps of $1.55 to $1.70.
                                              Mean estimate is $1.61;
                                                 range $1.60 to $1.65.
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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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