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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont (NYSE:DD) announced its results for the most recent quarter on July 24, 2012. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company offers products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications, general industrial, and transportation.

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The Numbers: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont's EPS outpaced analyst estimates while the company's revenues came in below predictions. The company reported adjusted net income of $1.48 per share versus the $1.46 per share estimate and revenues of $11.01 billion versus the $11.27 billion estimate. Revenue climbed 7.2% from the same period last year. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont reported net income of $1.18 billion during the second quarter. This is a 3.2% decline from last year.

Management Quote: "Our agriculture, food and bioscience businesses are performing exceptionally well globally, and our advanced materials businesses are achieving solid results despite slower growth in some key markets and continued weakness in Europe," said DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. "Our global teams continue to execute well in a dynamic environment, while investing for growth driven by science-powered innovation and collaboration."

A Look Back: Net income has increased 5.6% year-over-year on average across the last five quarters. The biggest gain came in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, when income climbed 23.2% from the year-earlier quarter.

Looking Ahead: Analysts appear increasingly negative about the company's results for the next quarter. The average estimate for the third quarter has moved down from 71 cents a share to 70 cents over the last 30 days. A decreasing earning estimate is a negative sign and usually leads to a drop in the stock price. The average estimate for the fiscal year is $4.27 per share, down from $4.32 90 days ago.

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