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Duke Energy Corp. reported first quarter earnings fell, as it spun off its natural gas business at the year outset. Net income was $357 million, good for EPS of $0.28 cents per share, versus net of $358 million (EPS of $0.37) in the year earlier period.
duk However, excluding one-time items, EPS were $0.30 versus $0.21 a year ago. Revenue came in at $3.09 billion, up from $1.62 billion a year earlier. Thomson Financial consensus estimates expected Duke's EPS to be $0.31 on revenue of $3.05 billion. Duke shares have gained 5% so far in 2007, lagging the broader S&P utility index which is up roughly 15%.

Sources: Press Release, Reuters, AP, MarketWatch
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Stocks/ETFs to watch: Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK). Competitors: Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), American Electric Power Company (NYSE:AEP), TXU Corporation (TXU). ETFs: Utilities SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU), HOLDRS Utilities (NYSEARCA:UTH), Vanguard Utilities (NYSEARCA:VPU)
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