Duke Energy 3Q profit surges on hot summer

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Posted: Oct 28, 2010 6:08 PM
Duke Energy 3Q profit surges on hot summer

Power company Duke Energy Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit surged on a revenue boost because of unusually warm weather and higher prices, the company said.

The company earned $670 million, or 51 cents per share, up from $109 million, or 8 cents per share, during the same period a year prior. Revenue rose to $3.95 billion from $3.4 billion.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected 42 cents per share on $3.74 billion in revenue.

Looking ahead, the company boosted its full-year profit outlook to between $1.40 and $1.45 per share, from $1.30 to $1.35 per share. Analysts expect $1.34 per share.

"The key to Duke Energy's outstanding third quarter was the ability of our employees and our fleet to meet customers' energy demands during the summer's unrelenting heat," said James E. Rogers, chairman, president and CEO, in a statement.

Shares rose 3 cents to $17.90 in afternoon trading.