Stocks to Watch, April 24: Caterpillar, American Express and Xerox
SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday's session are Caterpillar Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc., American Express Co. and Xerox Corp.
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American Express Co. (AXP) is expected to report first-quarter earnings of 69 cents a share, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is seen posting a first-quarter per-share profit of $1.05.
Chubb Corp.'s (CB) first-quarter profit is expected to be $1.11 a share.
Kimberly Clark Corp. (KMB) is expected to post earnings of 92 cents a share in its first quarter.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) is seen reporting a first-quarter per-share profit of 6 cents.
Rohm and Haas Co.'s (ROH) first-quarter results are expected to show earnings of 90 cents a share.
Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW) is expected to report a fiscal third-quarter loss of 6 cents a share.
Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT) is seen posting a first-quarter per-share profit of 51 cents.
Xerox Corp.'s (XRX) first-quarter earnings are expected to come in at 21 cents a share.
Yum Brands Inc.'s (YUM) earnings are expected to be 57 cents a share in its first quarter.
3M Co. (MMM) said first-quarter net income rose nearly 17% on across-the-board gains, particularly in the diversified manufacturer's industrial and safety segments. See full story.
Ford Motor Co. (F) posted a loss of more than $1 billion in the midst of a sales decline and a turnaround plan that will eventually cut up to 30,000 jobs. See full story.
Genentech Inc. (DNA) said it is increasing its current share buyback program by $2 billion. Also, the board amended the current program by raising the maximum quantity of shares that can be bought back to 100 million from 80 million.
J & J Snack Food Corp. (JJSF) reported second-quarter net earnings of $4.14 million, or 23 cents a share, up 9.2% from $3.79 million, or 21 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Pennsauken, N.J.-based company posted revenue of $112 million vs. $99.4 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had forecast second-quarter revenue of $109 million.
McDonald's Corp. (MCD) reported solid first-quarter results amid rising sales, though a year-ago tax gain caused profit to tumble 14%.See full story.
A Texas jury has found Merck & Co. (MRK) liable in the heart attack death of a Vioxx user on Friday, awarding his widow a total of $32 million in damages and marking the second straight loss for the company in the courtroom. See full story.
Miva Inc. (MIVA) said it now expects a first-quarter per-share loss of 12 cents, compared with its prior vview of a per-share loss ranging from 10 cents to 7 cents. The marketing company cited higher-than-expected income taxes for several European units. Miva expects quarterly revenue of $44.4 million, compared with its prior view of $43 million to $45 million.
Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (NDAQ) said it plans to sell an additional 18.5 million shares of its common stock, using the proceeds from the secondary offering to repay part of its bank debt. Any remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, the company said. Banc of America Securities LLC and Credit Suisse will act as joint book-running managers, and Nasdaq plans to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 2.775 million shares.
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