Outback Shares Dip on Weak Earnings

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Shares of Outback Steakhouse (OSI) declined Wednesday after the restaurant operator posted 46 cents (excluding one-time items) vs. 50 cents fourth quarter EPS. The company reportedly sees $1.65-$1.75 2006 EPS, including items. S&P cuts estimate, target, keeps hold.

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