• DuPont (DD) - Get Report, the chemicals giant, reported a fourth-quarter adjusted profit of 35 cents a share
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  • Revenue was $8.77 billion, including other income of $343 million.
  • Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 33 cents a share on revenue of $8.53 billion.
  • In the year-earlier fourth quarter, DuPont earned 50 cents a share on revenue of $7.4 billion.

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DuPont

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, the chemicals giant, reaffirmed its 2012 outlook after fourth-quarter adjusted earnings topped analysts' forecasts by 2 cents.

DuPont affirmed its 2012 adjusted earnings outlook of $4.20 to $4.40 a share, an increase of 7% to 12% from 2011. Analysts estimate DuPont will earn $4.26 a share this year.

DuPont earned 35 cents a share in the fourth quarter, excluding items. The period included a "headwind" of 23 cents a share from a higher tax rate, the company said. Reported earnings were 40 cents a share.

Net sales in the quarter rose 14% to $8.425 billion, principally from principally 14% higher local prices, Dupont said. Including other income, revenue was $8.77 billion.

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