Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Wednesday's session are Amazon.com, Monster Worldwide Inc. and Corning Inc.

Anheuser-Busch Cos. (BUD) is expected to report earnings per share for the third quarter of 81 cents, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.

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Boeing Co. (BA) is expected to post per-share income of 63 cents for the third quarter.

ConocoPhillips (COP) is expected to report earnings of $2.40 per share for the third quarter.

Estée Lauder Cos. (EL) is expected to post first-quarter per-share income of 19 cents.

General Motors Corp. (GM) is expected to report third-quarter per-share income of 49 cents.

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. (HET) is expected to post per-share income of 99 cents for the third quarter.

Jones Apparel Group Inc. (JNY) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 66 cents per share.

Meredith Corp. (MDP) is expected to report first-quarter income of 62 cents per share.

Monster (MNST) is expected to post income of 31 cents per share for the third quarter.

Symantec Corp. (SYMC) is expected to post per-share income of 27 cents for the second quarter.

After Tuesday's closing bell, Amazon.com (AMZN) reported that even though third-quarter sales rose 24 percent, profit plunged by more than a third on the cost of employee stock options and heavier spending on technology and marketing.

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Ace Ltd. (ACE) and XL Capital Ltd. (XL) reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits after the Bermuda-based reinsurers benefited from a light hurricane season and avoided the huge storm losses that hit them last year.

Aflac Inc. (AFL) reported a 19 percent drop in third quarter net income as competition in Japan continued to crimp sales.

Altera Corp. (ALTR) reported second-quarter net earnings $77.3 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with $67.6 million, or 18 cents a share, in the same period last year. The semiconductor technology company

Financial services firm Ameriprise Financial Inc. (AMP) said quarterly net income rose 39 percent from the year earlier, boosted by improvement in asset-based fees and premiums.

Banta Corp. (BN) said quarterly net earnings fell to $15.9 million, or 65 cents a share, from $21.7 million, or 89 cents a share, in the same period last year, due to restructuring and asset impairment charges, and lower prices in the company's printing and supply-chain management divisions.

Boston Properties Inc. (BXP) said third-quarter net income for shareholders rose, as revenue gained, to $108 million, or 91 cents a share, from $57.6 million, or 50 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Analysts had expected a per-share result of 63 cents.

Brookfield Homes Corp. (BHS) reported third-quarter net earnings of $27.6 million, or $1.03 a share, down 27 percent from $37.8 million, or $1.20 a share, during the year-ago period. The home builder posted revenue of $176.2 million vs. $267.7 million.

Centex Corp. (CTX) said fiscal second-quarter net income dropped 59 percent from a year earlier as home builders struggle to adjust to the housing slowdown after years of higher sales and prices.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW) posted a 30 percent surge in third-quarter profit, cashing in on faster growth in its higher-margin air freight and miscellaneous transportation management services businesses.

Corning (GLW) said third-quarter profit more than doubled as sales of special glass used in computer screens and high-definition televisions increased. The company reported net income of $438 million, or 27 cents a share, compared with earnings of $203 million, or 13 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 8 percent.

Crane Co. (CR) reported third-quarter net earnings of $46 million, or 74 cents a share, up 15 percent from $40 million, or 66 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The diversified industrial manufacturer posted revenue of $567.7 million vs. $522.2 million.

Delphi Financial Group Inc. (DFG) said third-quarter net income came in at $36.2 million, or 71 cents a share, up 64 percent from a year earlier when the employee benefits provider made $22 million, or 44 cents a share.

Industrial conglomerate Dover Corp. (DOV) posted a 37 percent surge in third-quarter earnings as revenue in its electronics division doubled on the back of two key acquisitions.

Express Scripts Inc. (ESRX) reported a 13 percent gain in third-quarter profit as the percentage of its generic prescriptions rose even as the number of its claims fell.

Getty Images Inc. (GYI) said third-quarter net income declined, as expenses rose, to $37.6 million, or 62 cents a share, from $39.1 million, or 60 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Analysts had expected per-share income of 61 cents.

KLA-Tencor Corp. (KLAC) forecast its sales for the current quarter will be in the range of $650 million to $675 million, up from the $630 million it reported for the three months ended Sept. 30.

Knoll Inc. (KNL) reported third-quarter net earnings of $15.6 million, or 31 cents a share, compared with $8.2 million, or 15 cents a share, in the same period last year, on the back of strong sales. Revenue rose 16 percent to $243.6 million from $209.3 million.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said it expects to defer about $1.5 billion in revenue from its current fiscal second quarter, recognizing it in the following three-month period instead as it rolls out the next version of its Windows operating system and Office applications software.

Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR) said net income fell in the third quarter after a British tax hike, lower prices and weaker output dampened its production profits, offsetting better refining results.

Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) , one of the world's biggest oil and gas drillers, reported a 64 percent surge in third-quarter profit, unscathed so far by an oversupply of natural gas in North America that is starting to cut into some companies' drilling programs.

Novatel Wireless Inc. (NVTL) reported a third-quarter net loss of $856,000, or 3 cents a share. Excluding items, the company reported a profit of $1.1 million, or 4 cents a share.

QLogic Corp. (QLGC) reported second-quarter net earnings of $30.4 million, or 19 cents a share, down 29 percent from $43 million, or 24 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The maker of network infrastructure components posted revenue of $145.3 million vs. $119 million.

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) said it swung to a second-quarter net loss of $20 million, or 10 cents a share. In the same period last year, the maker of radio frequency components posted net earnings of $5.94 million, or 3 cents a share.

Stanley Works (SWK) posted an 18 percent rise in third-quarter profit on the back of strong demand for its hand tools and automatic doors, but the toolmaker warned that slowing growth in some of its key markets will hurt the bottom line.

Electrical gear maker Thomas & Betts Corp. (TNB) reported a 28 percent jump in third-quarter profit and nudged up its earnings outlook for the full year.

Tupperware Corp. (TUP) reported third-quarter net earnings of $13.1 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with $2.6 million, or 4 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The maker of kitchenware posted revenue of $394.9 million vs. $270.7 million.

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