Midmorning Negative EPS Surprises for U.S. Companies, Jan. 31

The following U.S. companies reported negative earnings surprises today. This list ranks percent surprises of actual earnings to earnings estimates.

Earnings estimates provided by Bloomberg.

TICKER                                             EST
SYM     COMPANY               Q11    Q10   % CHG    Q11  % CHG   Q/E
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HW      HEADWATERS INC      -0.30  -0.34    11.8  -0.15  -100.0   Dec
NRGY    INERGY LP            0.11   0.80   -86.2   0.23   -52.2   Dec
BNCN    BNC BANCORP          0.08  -0.61      NM   0.14   -42.9   Dec
PROV    PROVIDENT FNL HL     0.16   0.37   -56.8   0.24   -33.3   Dec
ADM*    ARCHER-DANIELS       0.51   1.07   -52.3   0.76   -32.9   Dec
X*      US STEEL CORP       -1.14  -1.22     6.6  -0.86   -32.6   Dec
TCBK    TRICO BANCSHARES     0.14   0.20   -30.0   0.20   -30.0   Dec
HFFC    HF FINL CORP         0.10   0.25   -60.0   0.13   -23.1   Dec
AVY*    AVERY DENNISON       0.36   0.98   -63.3   0.46   -21.7   Dec
TICKER                                             EST
SYM     COMPANY               Q11    Q10   % CHG    Q11  % CHG   Q/E
========================================================================
VLO*    VALERO ENERGY       -0.21   0.40      NM  -0.19   -10.5   Dec
HTLF    HEARTLAND FINL       0.31   0.31     0.0   0.34    -8.8   Dec
GNTX    GENTEX CORP          0.28   0.26     7.7   0.30    -6.7   Dec
KLIC    KULICKE & SOFFA      0.14   0.23   -39.1   0.15    -6.7   Dec
TECH    TECHNE CORP          0.76   0.69    10.1   0.79    -3.8   Dec
WDR     WADDELL & REED-A     0.47   0.54   -13.0   0.48    -2.1   Dec
GGG     GRACO INC            0.50   0.44    13.6   0.51    -2.0   Dec
XOM*    EXXON MOBIL CORP     1.97   1.85     6.5   1.98    -0.5   Dec
SNBC    SUN BANCORP-NJ      -0.02  -0.67    97.0   0.01      NM   Dec
PCH     POTLATCH CORP       -0.04   0.28      NM   0.13      NM   Dec
MTH     MERITAGE HOMES C    -0.08   0.07      NM   0.04      NM   Dec

* - Company in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index

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