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

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The following U.S. companies provided their financial outlooks today:

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                                Jan. 17
                                   2012 Q4/11  Q1/12    2011   2012  Total
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                                          ------------Cumulative------------
Total:                               15    458     26  2,885    380   7,574
 Up:                                  2     69      2    715     78     23%
 Down                                 6    194      8    642     73     27%
 Neutral                              5    186     14  1,409    156     45%
 Ex-Item Charges                      2      9      2    119     73      5%
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S&P 500:                              6    126      9    878    127   2,176
 Up:                                  0     11      0    197     25     22%
 Down                                 3     50      2    187     20     24%
 Neutral                              2     63      6    445     50     48%
 Ex-Item Charges                      1      2      1     49     32      7%
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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AKRX  Akorn Inc                  2012     U   Expects eps of $0.42 to $0.45.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.32;
                                                 range $0.27 to $0.37.
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CCL*  Carnival Corp              2012     X   Expects $0.12 to $0.11 eps charge
                                                 from cruise liner accident off
                                                 coast of Italy.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.52;
                                                 range $1.86 to $2.88.
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COOL  Majesco Entertainment Co   2012     D   Expects eps of $0.25 to $0.35.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.46;
                                                 range $0.45 to $0.46.
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CPWR  Compuware Corp             2011     D   Expects eps of $0.40 to $0.42.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.55;
                                                 range $0.47 to $0.61.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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CREE  Cree Inc                  Q1/12     D   Expects eps of $0.18 to $0.25.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.30;
                                                 range $0.24 to $0.35.
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FCFS  First Cash Finl Svcs Inc   2012     N   Expects eps of $2.65 to $2.70.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.70;
                                                 range $2.59 to $2.90.
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FCFS  First Cash Finl Svcs Inc  Q4/11     U   Expects eps of $0.70.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.69;
                                                 range $0.67 to $0.70.
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FRX*  Forest Laboratories Inc    2011     N   Expects eps of $3.65 to $3.75.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.68;
                                                 range $3.53 to $3.80.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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HAS*  Hasbro Inc                 2011     D   Expects eps of $2.79 to $2.85.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.87;
                                                 range $2.71 to $3.00.
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KFT*  Kraft Foods Inc            2011     N   Expects eps of at least $2.28.
                                              Mean estimate is $2.29;
                                                 range $2.26 to $2.31.
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PKD   Parker Drilling Co        Q4/11     X   Expects $0.95 eps charge from
                                                 delay in completion of two
                                                 drilling rigs.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.15;
                                                 range $0.12 to $0.18.
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PVSW  Pervasive Software Inc    Q4/11     N   Expects eps of $0.04 to $0.05.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.04;
                                                 range $0.04 to $0.04.
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      Company                   Period  Down  Guidance
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PVSW  Pervasive Software Inc    Q1/12     N   Expects eps of $0.03 to $0.06.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.06;
                                                 range $0.06 to $0.06.
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VLO*  Valero Energy Corp        Q4/11     D   Expects eps of $0.00 to $0.10.
                                              Mean estimate is $0.21;
                                                 range ($0.30) to $1.82.
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VLO*  Valero Energy Corp         2011     D   Expects eps of $3.59 to $3.69.
                                              Mean estimate is $3.89;
                                                 range $3.26 to $5.06.
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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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