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said it expects profit next fiscal year to rise to $3.2 billion from $2.8 billion in fiscal 2011 with equipment sales increasing 15%.

The farming equipment maker on Wednesday said it expects equipment sales to rise 16% to 18% in the first quarter from a year earlier.

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senior analyst Andrew Casey noted that Deere tends to provide conservative guidance. The company's guidance next year for earnings of about $7.75 a share tops estimates of $6.99 to $7.15 a share.

Deere reported a 46% increase in fourth-quarter earnings to $669.6 million, or $1.62 a share. Revenue rose 20% to $8.6 billion.

Analysts were expecting profit of $1.43 a share on revenue of $7.91 billion.

Shares of Deere

have fallen 13.4% so far in 2011

. The stock closed Tuesday at $71.92. It was rising almost 6% in premarket trading Wednesday.

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