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Honeywell tops profit, sales expectations, as aerospace’s sales miss offset by other segment beats

Honeywell International Inc. reported Friday first-quarter profit and sales that topped expectations, as a sales miss by the industrial conglomerate’s aerospace business was offset by beats in all of the other business segments. The stock slumped 1.0% in premarket trading. Net income fell to $1.45 billion, or $2.03 a share, from $1.61 billion, or $2.21 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.92, above the FactSet consensus of $1.80. Sales were little changed at $8.45 compared with $8.46 a year ago, but beat the FactSet consensus of $8.08 billion. Aerospace sales fell 22% to $2.63 billion, missing the FactSet consensus of $2.73 billion; performance materials sales slipped 2% to $2.35 billion but beat expectations of $2.28 billion; safety and productivity sales jumped 49% to $2.12 billion, above expectations of $1.79 billion; and building technologies sales grew 6% to $1.36 billion to top forecasts of $1.29 billion. The company raised its 2021 outlook for adjusted EPS to $7.75 to $8.00 from $7.60 to $8.00 and for sales to $34.0 billion to $34.8 billion from $33.4 billion to $34.4 billion. The stock has tacked on 7.8% year to date through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 10.1%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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