9:10am (EST)   

Futures are slightly higher this morning after Caterpillar (CAT, $68.78, up $1.27) raised its full-year profit outlook and said the economy is still improving.   

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The company reported earnings of $233 million, or $0.36 a share, versus a net loss of $112 million, or $0.19 cents a share, in the year earlier period.  Revenue came in at $8.2 billion.

Wall Street was expecting Caterpillar to earn a profit of $0.39 a share on sales of $8.8 billion.  The company would have earned 50 cents a share but took a one-time charge of $90 million related to the recently signed U.S. health care legislation.

Other companies reporting this week (quotes are from Friday’s close):

Monday:  Aaron’s (AAN, $23.80, up $0.08), Alcon (ACL, $157.53, down $0.26), BlackRock (BLK, $211.02, up $3.23), Caterpillar (CAT, $68.78, up $1.27), Humana (HUM, $45.53, up $1.05), OSI Systems (OSIS, $29.97, up $0.54), PrePaid Legal (PPD, $43.22, up $1.07), RadioShack (RSH, $23.17, down $0.52), SOHU.com (SOHU, $53.02, up $1.26), Texas Instruments (TXN, $26.67, up $0.17) and Whirlpool (WHR, $102.22, up $1.10).

Tuesday:  Aflac (AFL, $55.47, up $0.87), Broadcom (BRCM, $35.63, up $0.08), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD, $51.33, down $1.28), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI, $25.52, up $0.07), Deutsche Bank (DB, $72.10, down $0.53), DreamWorks Animation (DWA, $42.66, up $down $0.35), DuPont (DD, $40.22, up $0.75), Energizer (ENR, $60.59, down $0.49), Ford Motor (F, $14.21, up $0.01), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC, $49.21, up $0.36), Lexmark (LXK, $39.63, up $0.70), Office Depot (ODP, $8.45, up $0.24), Panera Bread (PNRA, $87.42, down $0.35), RF Micro Devices (RFMD, $5.43, up $0.06), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK, $62.84, down $0.16) and Under Armour (UA, $35.35, up $0.53).

Wednesday: Akamai Technologies (AKAM, $34.22, down $0.13), AOL (AOL, $28.45, up $0.07), Baidu (BIDU, $645.76, up $5.72), Barrick Gold (ABX, $40.46, up $0.29), Cerner (CERN, $91.58, up $1.66), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF, $72.85, up $3.24), Comcast (CMCSA, $18.96, up $0.16), Corning (GLW, $20.84, up $0.15), Express Scripts (ESRX, $104.19, up $1.09), First Solar (FSLR, $133.87, down $0.07), General Dynamics (GD, $78.60, up $0.39), Harris (HRS, $50.30, down $0.23), iRobot (IRBT, $16.11, up $0.21), Jones Apparel Group (JNY, $22.68, down $0.05), O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY, $46.27, up $0.24), P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (PFCB, $46.14, down $0.99), Praxair (PX, $88.22, up $0.51), Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL, $36.23, up $1.20), Sealed Air (SEE, $23.26, up $0.06), Skechers USA (SKX, $41.50 up $0.90), Visa (V, $96.59, up $1.45) and WellPoint (WLP, $57.98, down $0.43).

Thursday: American Dental Partners (ADPI, $13.80, up $0.14), Apache (APA, $109.87, up $1.63), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY, $24.74, down $0.16), ConocoPhillips (COP, $58.09, up $1.11), Dominion Resources (D, $41.77, up $0.42), ExxonMobil  (XOM, $69.24, up $0.68), Genworth Financial (GNW, $18.96, up $0.28), Kellogg (K, $53.62, down $0.36), MetLife (MET, $47.10, up $0.42), Potash (POT, $109.84, up $0.90), Safeway (SWY, $26.77, down $0.17) and ValueClick (VCLK, $10.25, down $0.09).

Friday:  Avon Products (AVP, $33.40, up $0.39), Chevron (CVX, $82.67, up $1.47), James River Coal (JRCC, $17.83, up $0.54) and Simon Property Group (SPG, $89.56, up $1.17)

As we head to press, Dow futures are up 24 points to 11,166, the S&P 500 futures are up a point to 1,213.  The Nasdaq 100 futures are flat at 2,053.