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Future orders, excluding currency exchange rates -- a key measure of sales growth -- rose 9 percent, in line with the estimates of several Wall Street analysts.
UBS analyst Michael Binetti had expected 10 percent growth and added he believed investors were looking for an increase of 8 percent to 9 percent. McAdams Wright Ragen forecast growth of 8 percent to 9 percent, while Barclays Capital was at 7 percent to 9 percent and Citi at about 8 percent.
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