Stocks to Watch, Dec. 11: Analogic Corp. and Wyndham Worldwide

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday's session are Analogic Corp., Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and Duke Energy Corp.

Analogic (ALOG) is expected to report earnings per share for the first quarter of 11 cents, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR) is expected to report a per-share loss of 48 cents for the fourth quarter.

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Source Interlink Cos. (SORC) is expected to report per-share income of 20 cents for the third quarter.

Verint Systems Inc. (VRNT) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 29 cents per share.

After Friday's closing bell, China Bak Battery Inc. (CBAK) said fourth-quarter net income fell, as revenue costs rose, to $4.74 million, or 10 cents a share, from $4.82 million, or 12 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. The battery cell manufacturer said quarterly revenue rose to $46.1 million from $26.8 million in the prior year.

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Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) may see some action Monday after an article in Barron's over the weekend said the stock of the low-cost carrier trades at a large discount to its peers. "There's a vague feeling among investors that Southwest has grown so big it doesn't have the kind of opportunity it once had," the Barron's article said.

"Yet the company's fundamentals remain impressive and will stand it in good stead regardless of the direction of oil prices or the economy, something that can't be said for the legacy carriers," it said.

Ford Motor Co (F) will extend buy-out offers to most of its while-collar workforce next week, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press Saturday.

The report, which cited Ford spokesman Tom Hoyt, said that supervisors will start meeting on Monday with thousands of lower to mid-level salaried worker to extend the offers.

Duke Energy (DUK) said it has approved the tax-free spinoff of Spectra Energy, the proposed stand-alone and publicly traded company consisting of Duke's natural gas businesses. Spectra shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SE."

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (FNFG) said Paul Kolkmeyer, chief executive and president, has stepped down and resigned from the company's board. The financial services provider has named John Koelmel acting CEO, president and chief operating officer.

General Dynamics Corp.'s (GD) Bath Iron Works unit said the Navy has awarded it a $208 million contract option for the construction of a new combat ship with a trimaran hull scheduled for delivery in July 2009.

Material Sciences Corp. (MSC) said it has expanded the size of its board to eight members from seven, and named Patrick McDonnell to fill the vacancy. The coatings manufacturer said McDonnell's initial term as a director will expire at the 2007 annual meeting.

OSI Restaurant Partners Inc. (OSI) named Curt Glowacki as president of Outback Steakhouse. Glowacki most recently served as president and chief executive of Mexican Restaurants Inc.

Synergetics USA Inc. (SURG) reported fiscal first-quarter net earnings of $377,000, or 2 cents a share, down from $486,000, or 4 cents a share, in the year-ago period. There were 24.4 million shares outstanding in the quarter, compared with 11.9 million in the same period last year.

UnionBanCal Corp. (UB) said its main subsidiary, Union Bank of California, will receive a tax refund and interest from the State of California totaling $113.7 million, or $72.6 million after taxes. The settlement is for recovery of taxes paid between 1989 and 1995.

Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) Hotel Group said it has signed an agreement with Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd. of Bangalore, India, to develop 10 Ramada hotels, totaling at least 1,000 rooms. The hotels will be in the Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtr, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. Royal Orchid Chairman Chender Baljee said his company would invest 5 billion Indian rupees, or about $100 million, to build the hotels during the next three to four years.

Doctors for the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the investigation into an E. coli outbreak is still ongoing and they expect the case count to increase in the coming days. Earlier this week, Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands Inc. (YUM) , pulled green onions from its restaurants on concerns that they might be linked to the outbreak.

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