Midmorning Negative EPS Surprises for U.S. Companies, March 5

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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VRNM    VERENIUM CORP       -0.26  -0.19   -36.8  -0.06  -333.3   Dec
COWN    COWEN GROUP-A       -0.29   0.11      NM  -0.19   -52.6   Dec
CORT    CORCEPT THERA       -0.11  -0.09   -22.2  -0.09   -22.2   Dec
CVGW    CALAVO GROWERS I     0.19   0.16    18.8   0.24   -20.8   Jan
MITI    MICROMET INC        -0.27  -0.17   -58.8  -0.24   -12.5   Dec
XLS     EXELIS INC           0.50     na      na   0.56   -10.7   Dec
OSTK    OVERSTOCK.COM       -0.15   0.51      NM   0.45      NM   Dec

* - Company in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index

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