Salient to Investors:

Profits are moving U.S. equity prices the most since the bull market began 3 1/2 years ago. Profits exceeded estimates by 4.5 percent on average in Q2 versus 6.2 percent in Q1.

Chris Hyzy of U.S. Trust predicts S&P 500 profits will reach $100 a share in 2012 versus the $103.1 average of more than 10,000 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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