Deere & Co. said its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose more than analysts estimated as sales unexpectedly increased, helped by higher prices.
Net income climbed 19% to $277.3 million, or $1.20 a share, from $232.8 million, or 96 cents. Sales rose 2.5% to $5.12 billion in the quarter ended Oct. 31.
Shares of Moline, Ill.-based Deere rose $5.86 to $95.27.
From Bloomberg News
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