PROFILE OF THE WEEK: Quaker Oats Co.

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Quaker Oats Co. drew investor interest last week on upbeat analyst comments. Like most other food companies, it has watched its share price fall this year -- to less than $46 in early March from more than $65 in January. The price jumped nearly 6% March 29, however, when PaineWebber food analyst John O'Neill predicted Quaker's first-quarter earnings per share would be up 22% from a year ago (in part due to lower marketing spending than a year ago). In trading last week, Quaker closed at $61.13, up 17.27% for the week.
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