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analyst Gary Lapidus gunned his engines and raised his earnings-per-share estimates for some automakers and their suppliers Friday, despite Thursday's

less-than-glowing sales report by the Big Three carmakers.

Lapidus raised his 2001 earnings-per-share estimate for


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to $2.65 from $2.40, maintaining his rating on the stock as a market outperformer. He also upped his 2001 estimate for rival

General Motors

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to $3.75 from $2.50, and his 2002 estimate to $5.30 from $4.75. Both GM and Ford said Thursday they expect industry sales to pick up later in the year.

Shares of Ford recently fell 85 cents, or 1.23%, to $28.02, while GM gained 80 cents, or 1.47%, to $55.15, in afternoon trading on the

New York Stock Exchange

. Rival



, which Lapidus did not mention, was lately trading down $1.39, or 2.93%, to $46.06.

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