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* Q1 EPS $0.41 vs est $0.34
* Q1 revenue up 8 pct, beats Street
* Sees sustained strength in incoming orders
* Shares up 4 pct
May 3 (Reuters) - Kaydon Corp KDN.N, which makes specialty ball bearings for wind turbines, posted quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations, helped by an increase in orders, sending its shares up 4 percent to a 52-week high.
For the first quarter, the company reported net income of $13.8 million, or 41 cents a share, compared with $10.1 million, or 30 cents a share, a year ago.
Kaydon, whose end markets include alternative energy, industrial, aerospace, medical and electronic equipment, posted an 8 percent rise in revenue at $119.2 million.
Analysts on average were expecting the company to earn 34 cents a share, before special items, on revenue of $111.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Orders jumped 42 percent to $100.5 million.
As existing customers rebuild their backlogs, Kaydon said it sees "more meaningful" wind energy orders later in the year.
Shares of the company were up about 4 percent at $43.46 Monday morning on the New York Stock Exchange. They touched a high of $43.50 earlier in the session. (Reporting by Fareha Khan in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)