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Earnings season is upon us once again. To help you get started, we've compiled a list of companies that have raised earnings guidance over recent weeks.

We won't be going into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis. Guidance data sourced from Briefing.com, estimates sourced from Reuters, and short float data sourced from Finviz.



The list has been sorted alphabetically.

1. Atlas Air Worldwide (NASDAQ:AAWW): Guided FY10 to exceed $5.30 vs. an estimate of $4.55. Short float at 5.44%, which implies a short ratio of 3.2 days. The stock has gained 64.87% over the last year.

2. Accenture (NYSE:ACN): Guided FY11 to range between $3.00-3.08 vs. an estimate of $2.92. Short float at 1.68%, which implies a short ratio of 2.5 days. The stock has gained 21.28% over the last year.

3. American Eagle (NYSE:AEO): Guided Q3 to range between $0.27-0.28 vs. an estimate of $0.25. Short float at 6.71%, which implies a short ratio of 2.57 days. The stock has lost -7.69% over the last year.

4. Actuant (NYSE:ATU): Guided Q4 above $0.24-0.29 vs. an estimate of $0.29. Short float at 8.42%, which implies a short ratio of 8.48 days. The stock has gained 46.5% over the last year.

5. Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY): Guided FY11 up about 20%, which implies $2.76 vs. an estimate of $2.71. Short float at 4.51%, which implies a short ratio of 3.45 days. The stock has gained 14.41% over the last year.

6. Cato (NYSE:CATO): Guided Q3 to range between $0.17-0.20 vs. an estimate of $0.15. Short float at 4.35%, which implies a short ratio of 8.91 days. The stock has gained 34.66% over the last year.

7. Cooper Industries (CBE): Guided Q3 to range between $0.82-0.85 vs. an estimate of $0.80. Short float at 1.05%, which implies a short ratio of 1.29 days. The stock has gained 36.03% over the last year.

8. Corrections Corp (NYSE:CXW): Guided Q3 to range between $0.37-0.38 vs. an estimate of $0.32. Guided FY10 to range between $1.34-1.37 vs. an estimate of $1.28. Short float at 5.03%, which implies a short ratio of 7.19 days. The stock has gained 7.5% over the last year.

9. Eastman Chem (NYSE:EMN): Guided Q3 to range between $2.00-2.10 vs. an estimate of $1.75. Guided FY10 to approach $7.00 vs. an estimate of $6.46. Short float at 7.71%, which implies a short ratio of 4.77 days. The stock has gained 48.51% over the last year.

10. Emerson (NYSE:EMR): Guided FY10 to range between $2.70-2.85 vs. an estimate of $2.69. Short float at 1.56%, which implies a short ratio of 2.61 days. The stock has gained 40.51% over the last year.

11. Entropic Comms (NASDAQ:ENTR): Guided Q3 to range between $0.16-0.18 vs. an estimate of $0.13. Short float at 11.89%, which implies a short ratio of 3.97 days. The stock has gained 240.23% over the last year.

12. FactSet (NYSE:FDS): Guided Q1 to range between $0.83-0.85 vs. an estimate of $0.81. Short float at 6.75%, which implies a short ratio of 8.93 days. The stock has gained 26.44% over the last year.

13. Globecomm Systems (NASDAQ:GCOM): Guided FY11 to range between $0.50-0.55 vs. an estimate of $0.50. Short float at 3.5%, which implies a short ratio of 15.92 days. The stock has gained 17.66% over the last year.

14. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ): Guided FY11 to range between $5.05-5.15 vs. an estimate of $4.99. Short float at 1.09%, which implies a short ratio of 0.9 days. The stock has lost -12.74% over the last year.

15. IHS (NYSE:IHS): Guided FY10 at 2.93 vs. an estimate of $2.92. Short float at 2.07%, which implies a short ratio of 4.47 days. The stock has gained 33.35% over the last year.

16. lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU): Guided FY11 to range between $1.18-1.22 vs. an estimate of $1.15. Short float at 22.33%, which implies a short ratio of 10.12 days. The stock has gained 85.7% over the last year.

17. McCormick (NYSE:MKC): Guided FY10 to range between $2.57-2.61 vs. an estimate of $2.53. Short float at 4.15%, which implies a short ratio of 7.05 days. The stock has gained 27.52% over the last year.

18. Monro Muffler (NASDAQ:MNRO): Guided Q2 to range between $0.60-0.62 vs. an estimate of $0.61. Short float at 13.09%, which implies a short ratio of 12.89 days. The stock has gained 48.24% over the last year.

19. Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH): Guided FY10 at 1.70 vs. an estimate of $1.65. Short float at 8.99%, which implies a short ratio of 4.07 days. The stock has gained 36.53% over the last year.

20. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL): Guided Q2 to range between $0.45-0.47 vs. an estimate of $0.45. Short float at 0.99%, which implies a short ratio of 1.09 days. The stock has gained 35.66% over the last year.

21. PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP): Guided FY10 at $4.08-4.12 vs. an estimate of $4.17. Short float at .74%, which implies a short ratio of 2.06 days. The stock has gained 15.23% over the last year.

22. Pall Corp (NYSE:PLL): Guided FY11 to range between $2.35-2.55 vs. an estimate of $2.31. Short float at 1.57%, which implies a short ratio of 1.99 days. The stock has gained 34.75% over the last year.

23. QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC): Guided Q2 to range between $0.32-0.33 vs. an estimate of $0.31. Short float at 4.17%, which implies a short ratio of 1.75 days. The stock has lost -3.3% over the last year.

24. Red Hat (NYSE:RHT): Guided Q2 to range between $0.19-0.20 vs. an estimate of $0.18. Guided FY11 to range between 0.76-0.77 vs. an estimate of $0.74. Short float at 4.17%, which implies a short ratio of 2.39 days. The stock has gained 37.05% over the last year.

25. Research In Motion (RIMM): Guided Q3 to range between $1.62-1.70 vs. an estimate of $1.39. Short float at 5.91%, which implies a short ratio of 1.51 days. The stock has lost -27.73% over the last year.

26. Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST): Guided Q3 to range between $0.94-0.96 vs. an estimate of $0.83. Short float at 5.14%, which implies a short ratio of 3.3 days. The stock has gained 13.45% over the last year.

27. Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS): Guided Q4 at 0.40 vs. an estimate of $0.37. Short float at 10.97%, which implies a short ratio of 3.83 days. The stock has gained 63.45% over the last year.

28. Talbots (NYSE:TLB): Guided FY11 to range between $0.84-0.92 vs. an estimate of $0.83. Short float at 22.19%, which implies a short ratio of 5.45 days. The stock has gained 12.66% over the last year.

29. Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ): Guided Q3 to range between $0.28-0.30 vs. an estimate of $0.27. Short float at 14.34%, which implies a short ratio of 11 days. The stock has gained 46.81% over the last year.

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Source: Companies Raising Guidance Ahead of Earnings Season