Energy and applied-technology holding company Vectren ( VVC) said its earnings rose 11% in the fourth quarter from a year ago. The Evansville, Ind.-based company earned $50.8 million, or 67 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with $40.1 million, or 53 cents a share, a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were estimating earnings of 67 cents a share in the most recent quarter. Fourth-quarter revenue rose 39% from a year ago to $713.8 million. Vectren projects fiscal 2006 earnings of $1.75 a share to $1.95 a share. Analysts are estimating earnings of $1.88 a share.