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Stocks to Watch, Jan. 31: Google, SanDisk and Allstate

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Wednesday's session are Google Inc., SanDisk Corp. and Allstate Corp.

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Altria Group Inc. (MO) is expected to report earnings per share of $1.22 for the fourth quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Financial.

Boeing Co. (BA) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of 98 cents.

Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) is expected to report income per share of 55 cents for the fourth quarter.

Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) is expected to post income per share of 82 cents for the fourth quarter.

Estee Lauder Cos. (EL) is expected to report income of 76 cents per share for the second quarter.

Google (GOOG) is expected to report fourth-quarter per-share earnings of $2.92.

New York Times Co. (NYT) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 46 cents per share.

Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) is expected to report first-quarter per-share income of 26 cents.

Sunoco Inc. (SUN) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 96 cents per share.

Time Warner Inc. (TWX) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 22 cents per share.

After Tuesday's closing bell, SanDisk (SNDK) said it swung to a fourth-quarter loss from a year ago, hurt by acquisition-related charges, as sales surged amid increased demand for its NAND flash-memory storage chips used in consumer electronics. See full story.See After Hours column.

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Ace Ltd. (ACE) said fourth-quarter net income more than doubled as the Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer selectively underwrote new risks and avoided big catastrophe losses. Net income was $665 million, or $1.99 a share after payment of preferred dividends. That was up from net income of $236 million, or 69 cents a share, during the same quarter a year earlier. See full story.

Airgas Inc. (ARG) reported third-quarter net earnings of $32.5 million, or 42 cents a share, up 5.4% from $30.8 million, or 40 cents a share, during the year-ago period. Excluding a debt charge, earnings from continuing operations were $40.3 million, or 50 cents a share.

Allegiant Travel Co. (ALGT) said its fourth-quarter net loss widened to $1.55 million, or 17 cents a share, from $404,000, or 6 cents a share, in the same period last year, mainly due to a one-time $6.4 million charge.

Allstate (ALL) reported a 17% increase in fourth-quarter profit, but the insurer's results missed analyst estimates and the company said it will stop giving profit forecasts. See full story.See After Hours column.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMLN) reported a narrowed fourth-quarter loss and revenue that more than doubled on a surge in sales of its Byetta diabetes treatment. The biopharmaceutical company posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $58.4 million, or 45 cents a share, compared with $67.2 million, or 61 cents a share, the year before. See After Hours column.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR) said it has received an approvable letter and acceptable labeling from the Food and Drug Administration for a new formulation of its antipsychotic drug FazaClo. See After Hours column.

Boston Properties Inc. (BXP) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $71.7 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with $154.1 million, or $1.32 a share, in the same period last year. The real estate investment trust said revenue rose 3.4% to $378.7 million from $366.3 million. See After Hours column.

BRE Properties Inc. (BRE) said fourth-quarter net income fell to $17.3 million from last year's result, which included a gain from discontinued operations, of $18.3 million. Income for shareholders in the fourth quarter declined to $12.8 million, or 25 cents a share, from $13.9 million, or 27 cents a share, in the prior year. See After Hours column.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW) reported fourth-quarter net income of $71.8 million, or 41 cents a share, up from $58.1 million, or 33 cents, a year ago. Quarterly revenue for the trucking company rose to $1.64 billion from $1.58 billion. See full story.

Online commerce provider CheckFree Corp. (CKFR) reported a slight profit gain on advances in its core business. For its fiscal second-quarter, CheckFree said net income rose 4% to $35.3 million or 39 cents a share, compared to $33.8 million or 36 cents a share a year ago.

CVRD Inco, a unit of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (RIO) , said its board has appointed Murilo Ferreira president and chief executive. Ferreira will also retain his current position as executive director, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce.

Flextronics International Ltd. (FLEX) , a contract electronics manufacturer, reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that nearly tripled from a year ago, as sales rose by nearly a third. See full story.See After Hours column.

Harris Corp. (HRS) said second-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $94 million, or 67 cents a share, from $30 million, or 22 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Before items, quarterly per-share income rose to 68 cents from 52 cents in the prior year.

Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) reported first-quarter revenue of $61.5 million, up from $51.1 million in the same period last year. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker did not release earnings due to an ongoing review of its stock-option granting practices.

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (JLL) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $80.9 million, or $2.37 a share, from $66.9 million, or $1.99 a share, during the same period in the prior year. Analysts were looking for per-share income of $2.26.

Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) reported fourth-quarter revenue rose 4% to $595.8 million, from $575.5 during the same period one year ago. The sales figure slightly topped the estimates of Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, who had forecast $593 million. See After Hours column.

Kyphon Inc. (KYPH) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $12.2 million, or 26 cents a share, from $3.73 million, or 8 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Before items, quarterly per-share income rose to 38 cents from 34 cents.

Manitowoc Co. (MTW) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $43.9 million, or 69 cents a share, compared with $18.2 million, or 30 cents a share, in the same period last year, on strong revenues in the company's crane segment.

RedEnvelope Inc. (REDE) said third-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $5.31 million, or 56 cents a share, from $4.1 million, or 43 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. The branded online retailer said quarterly revenue rose to $57 million from $53 million in the prior year. See After Hours column.

Sierra Health Services Inc. (SIE) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $39.3 million, or 65 cents a share, compared with $28.3 million, or 44 cents a share, in the same period last year, boosted by higher medical premiums revenue.

Sirf Technology Holdings Inc. (SIRF) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $9.1 million, down from $10.23 million in the same period the prior year, mainly due to higher stock-based compensation and acquisition-related contingent payments. See After Hours column.

Tupperware Brands Corp. (TUP) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $39.9 million, or 65 cents a share, up 28% from $31.2 million, or 51 cents a share, during the year-ago period. Earnings after adjustments were 74 cents a share.

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