Today, analysts Brendan Byrnes and Austin Smith discuss the earnings miss from delivery services giant UPS. The company's domestic package shipments did well, but it continues to struggle worldwide and slightly missed EPS expectations. It also lowered growth estimates for the U.S. economy in 2012, bad news considering the company is a leading indicator. But with long-term revenue from changes in companies like Amazon, it could remain productive long-term.

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