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U.S. Companies Reporting Higher Quarterly EPS, Feb. 17

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Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The following U.S. companies reported higher earnings per share for their latest quarter (end date of the quarter is noted in the last column).

Earnings estimates provided by Bloomberg.


TICKER                                             EST
SYM     COMPANY               Q11    Q10   % CHG    Q11   % CHG   Q/E
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B       BARNES GROUP INC     0.43   0.21   104.8   0.32    34.4   Dec
LECO    LINCOLN ELECTRIC     0.68   0.45    51.1   0.63     7.9   Dec
VTR*    VENTAS INC           0.89   0.77    15.6   0.89     0.0   Dec
HNZ*    HJ HEINZ CO          0.95   0.84    13.1   0.85    11.8   Jan
LPNT    LIFEPOINT HOSPIT     0.78   0.70    11.4   0.76     2.6   Dec
DLR     DIGITAL REALTY       1.03   0.96     7.3   1.01     2.0   Dec
POL     POLYONE CORP         0.18   0.17     5.9   0.14    28.6   Dec

Number of companies reporting higher earnings today:            7
Total number of companies reporting earnings today:            16

* - Company in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
# - Company reported in the late afternoon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Wendy Soong in New York at at csoong@Bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alex Tanzi at at atanzi@Bloomberg.net