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What: Shares of H&E Equipment Services (Nasdaq: HEES) rose 15% today after the company released earnings.

So what: In the fourth quarter, revenue grew 24% to $217 million, crushing the $182.9 million analysts had expected. That translated to strong bottom-line profit as earnings per share rose to $0.23, well ahead of $0.08 estimates.

Now what: The distribution business and new equipment sales drove the earnings beat in the quarter. The company's exposure to the oil and gas industry has helped drive results and should continue to help in the future. Analysts are only expecting $0.62 in earnings per share in 2012, and after this strong quarter, I wouldn't be surprised to see those expectations go up considerably in the future.

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