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Western Union, Cboe Q4'17 results fall just short of analyst estimates

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. saw the most significant earnings outperformance compared to analysts' average estimates among financial technology companies that reported results between Feb. 9 and Feb. 15.

The company recorded fourth-quarter 2017 EPS of 70 cents, and its actual normalized EPS was $3.22. The actual normalized figure is the operating version of EPS when adjusted to align with analysts' treatment of nonrecurring or one-time items. Analysts had expected Dun & Bradstreet to post actual normalized EPS of $3.04.

Western Union Co. was the only fintech company to report below analysts' expectations. The company reported actual normalized EPS of 41 cents, slightly missing analysts' expected 44 cents.

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Three companies in the securities and investment space reported mixed earnings results.

AllianceBernstein Holding LP posted the largest surprise as the company's actual normalized EPS, when adjusted to align with analysts' consensus treatment, was 84 cents, 31.3% higher than the average analyst EPS estimate of 64 cents.

Cboe Global Markets Inc. recorded an actual normalized EPS of 87 cents, just shy of the average analyst EPS estimate of 88 cents. The company reported net income allocated to common shareholders of $2.26 per share, which was up from 55 cents per share in the prior-year period.

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All five specialty lenders that reported earnings during the period posted normalized results higher than analysts' average EPS estimate.

CAI International Inc. led the group, reporting actual normalized EPS of $1.03, outperforming analysts' expectations by about 20 cents per share. OneMain Holdings Inc.'s actual normalized EPS came in at $1.06, slightly higher than analysts' EPS estimate of $1.05.

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