Among the earnings projection stories for Thursday, April 9, from AP Financial News:

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NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Wells Fargo & Co. said Thursday it expects record first-quarter earnings of $3 billion, easily surpassing analysts' estimates and providing an encouraging sign for the banking industry.

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PLANO, Texas (AP) ¿ J.C. Penney Co. predicted a narrower first-quarter loss than previously forecast after reporting better-than-expected March same-store sales results.

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) ¿ Department store chain Ross Stores Inc. boosted its first quarter outlook Thursday after the retailer said its March sales were stronger than expected.

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Women's apparel retailer Cache Inc. on Thursday raised the low end of its first-quarter outlook after same-store sales fell 20.7 percent in the first quarter.

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