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6. Lear Corporation (LEA - Get Report) engages in the manufacture of automotive seating systems and electrical power management systems.

Pretax income for the second quarter of 2011 rose to $205.4 million from $182.6 million. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.65 compared with $1.47 in the same quarter last year.

For the quarter, Lear reported net sales of $3.7 billion, vs. $3 billion in the year-ago period, representing growth of 23%. In the seating segment, net sales increased 19% to $2.9 billion, while electrical power management systems observed 29% sales growth to $816.4 million.

During the quarter, free cash flow was $121.0 million and net cash from operating activities was $206.7 million. The balance sheet is strong, with $1.8 billion cash. Capital spending in 2011 is estimated at $325 million, reflecting further investment plans in emerging markets.

Lear expects 2011 net sales to range from $13.4 billion to $13.8 billion and operating earnings to range between $740 million and $780 million. On average, analysts expect the stock to gain 48% over the next year. Eight-one percent of analysts covering the stock give it a buy rating.

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