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BATON ROUGE, La. _ H&E Equipment Services Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $16.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Analysts expected $276 million, according to Zacks.
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Shares of H&E Equipment Services, which rents and sells industrial machinery, surged Monday on expectations that its results will be boosted by a strong demand for its cranes and its presence in the Gulf Coast region.