Eaton

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reported third-quarter earnings of $1.40 a share. The results beat the revised nine-analyst estimate of $1.34, but were down from year-ago earnings of $1.45 a share.

Last month, Eaton said its operating income would be flat at best, possibly down as much as 10% from last year's $1.45 a share. At the time, the consensus estimate was $1.58. The

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survey was revised Oct. 10.

Eaton, which makes hydraulic products and fluid connectors for the vehicle, aerospace, construction and semiconductor industries, blamed the earnings decrease in part on the recall-related production cuts at

Ford Motor

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. Ford halted production for three weeks on its Explorer and Ranger trucks to divert tires because of the

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tire recall. Eaton didn't specify how much the Ford shutdown would affect its results, but said the impact would be significant.