SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday's session are Halliburton Co., Microsoft Corp. and Amgen Inc.
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Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is expected to report earnings per share for the fourth quarter of $1.34, according to analysts polled by Thomson Financial.
CDW Corp. (CDWC) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of 91 cents.
Fortune Brands Inc. (FO) is expected to report per-share income of $1.35 for the fourth quarter.
FPL Group Inc. (FPL) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 52 cents per share.
Halliburton (HAL) is expected to report earnings per share of 61 cents for the fourth quarter.
Honeywell International Inc. (HON) is expected to report per-share income of 72 cents for the fourth quarter.
Manor Care Inc. (HCR) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of 64 cents.
After Thursday's closing bell, Microsoft (MSFT) reported a 28 percent drop in quarterly profit as the world's largest software company was hurt by the delayed release of Vista, the newest version of its flagship Windows program.
Activision Inc. (ATVI) reported preliminary results for its third fiscal quarter that were higher than Wall Street's expectations. For the December quarter, the video game publisher expects revenue of $822.8 million with earnings of 41 cents a share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $618.2 million and earnings of 28 cents a share.
Ameriprise Financial Inc. (AMP) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $171 million, or 69 cents a share, from $111 million, or 44 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.
Amgen (AMGN) said its net profit edged higher in the latest quarter, paced by stronger-than-expected sales of its anemia and arthritis treatments, but the biotechnology company's adjusted per-share earnings fell short of Wall Street's average forecast.
Cash America International Inc. (CSH) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $21.7 million, or 71 cents a share, compared with $16.7 million, or 55 cents a share, in the same period last year, due to an 80 percent rise in short-term advance fees.
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (CHRT) said fourth-quarter net income fell, as revenue declined and expenses rose, to $6.43 million, or a penny per American Depositary Share, from $26.5 million, or 8 cents per ADS, during the same period in the prior year.
Columbia Sportswear Co. (COLM) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $38.4 million, or $1.06 a share, compared with $36.6 million, or 97 cents a share, in the same period last year, boosted by strong sales.
Eastman Chemical Co. (EMN) said fourth-quarter net income rose to $95 million, or $1.12 a share, from $66 million, or 81 cents a share in the year-ago period. The chemicals company said earnings adjusted for asset impairments and other extraordinary items rose to $1 a share from 90 cents a year ago.
Emulex Corp. (ELX) reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $10.1 million, or 12 cents a share, compared to a profit of $17.2 million, or 19 cents a share, a year ago. The maker of storage-connectivity products reported revenue of $121.4 million, up 10 percent from $110 million a year ago.
General Motors Corp. (GM) said it will delay its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report, which was originally slated to come out next week, and again restate several years of financial results.
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (LSCC) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $937,000, or a penny a share. During the same period a year ago, the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company posted a net loss of $23 million, or 20 cents a share.
Leggett & Platt Inc. (LEG) said earnings in the fourth quarter gained 55 percent, helped by cost-cutting and lumber rebates, even as a drop-off in demand for residential furnishings and commercial fixtures dragged down sales.
McKesson Corp. (MCK) reported a 26 percent jump in third-quarter net earnings, coupled with a sales increase, and said it expected full-year earnings to come in ahead of previous forecasts, thanks in large part to increased performance at its drug wholesale unit.
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (MRCY) swung to a second-quarter net loss of $1.04 million, or 5 cents a share, as sales fell and cost of revenue and expenses rose. In the same period last year, the provider of computing systems and software posted net earnings of $1.23 million, or 6 cents a share.
Midland Co. (MLAN) raised its quarterly dividend 63 percent to 10 cents from 6.125 cents a share. The dividend is payable on April 4 to shareholders of record as of March 21.
Openwave Systems Inc. (OPWV) said it swung to a net loss in the second-quarter, as revenue declined and expenses rose, of $15.8 million, or 17 cents a share. For the same period in the prior year, the company said quarterly net income was $8.44 million, or 11 cents a share.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS) said first-quarter net income rose, as operating expenses declined, to $12 million, or 7 cents a share, from $4.29 million, or 3 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.
Stanley Works (SWK) reported a 44 percent surge in fourth-quarter earnings as demand increased for its consumer products like FatMax and Xtreme hand tools.
Stryker Corp. (SYK) said fourth-quarter earnings jumped 27.7% to $228 million, or 55 cents a share, from $190 million, or 43 cents a share, last year. Sales reached $1.46 billion, a 14.4 percent increase over last year amid a strong quarter in the U.S. orthopedic implant franchises and the global endoscopy business.
Synaptics Inc. (SYNA) said fiscal second-quarter net earnings were $9.3 million, or 32 cents a share, up from $4.8 million, or 18 cents a share, last year. Earnings excluding share-based compensation and restructuring costs were $13 million, or 44 cents a share.
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. (VSEA) reported first-quarter net earnings of $37 million, or 66 cents a share, compared with $22.3 million, or 39 cents a share, during the year-ago period.
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