SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Tuesday's session are Whole Foods Market Inc., 3M Co. and Johnson & Johnson.
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Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) is expected to report earnings per share for the first quarter of 27 cents, according to analysts polled by Thomson Financial.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of 16 cents.
Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC) is expected to report earnings of 36 cents a share for the fourth quarter.
MetLife Inc. (MET) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of $1.18 per share.
Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (NDAQ) is expected to post income per share of 24 cents for the fourth quarter.
Playboy Enterprises Inc. (PLA) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 12 cents per share.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is expected to report earnings per American Depositary Receipt of 58 cents for the fourth quarter.
Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of 58 cents.
Whole Foods (WFMI) is expected to report first-quarter income of 41 cents per share.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) is expected to post first-quarter per-share income of 41 cents.
After Monday's closing bell, 3M (MMM) said it plans to buy back up to $7 billion of its own stock over the next two years, its biggest buyback program ever.
Adelphia Communications Corp. (ADELQ) said the distribution record date for distributions under its plan of reorganization to holders of notes claims and equity interests will be Tuesday.
Brookfield Properties Corp. (BPO) said it will effect a 3-for-2 division of its shares through a stock split, as opposed to through a stock dividend as previously announced.
Cephalon Inc. (CEPH) said it swung to a fourth-quarter net loss of $4.91 million, or 8 cents a share. In the same period last year, the biopharmaceutical company posted net earnings of $18.1 million, or 30 cents a share.
ChoicePoint Inc. (CPS) said it has sold its businesses that collect bankruptcy, lien and judgment records and provide them on a wholesale, bulk basis to commercial enterprises around the country. ChoicePoint said the sale is not expected to have a material impact on financial results.
Comstock Resources Inc. (CRK) reported net earnings of $8.41 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with $41.3 million, or 96 cents a share, in the same period last year, as expenses rose sharply. The Texas-based energy company said oil and gas sales rose 35 percent to $126.8 million from $93.4 million.
Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (CCRN) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $6.22 million, or 19 cents a share, from $4.89 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.
En Pointe Technologies Inc. (ENPT) said it swung to first-quarter profit of $272,000, or 4 cents a share, as the cost of sales fell. In the same period last year, the provider of business-to-business information technology products posted a net loss of $997,000, or 14 cents a share.
Forward Air Corp. (FWRD) said its fourth-quarter net earnings slipped to $12.17 million, or 40 cents a share, from $12.2 million, or 38 cents a share, in the same period last year, amid a "challenging freight environment."
General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) said fourth-quarter net income for shareholders rose, as revenue gained, to $70.2 million, or 29 cents a share, from $66.7 million, or 28 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. The real estate investment trust focusing on regional shopping malls said quarterly per-share funds from operations rose to $1.02 from 91 cents in the prior year.
Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) said it has commenced a public offering of 4 million shares of beneficial interest.
Hub Group Inc. (HUBG) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as operating margin gained, to $13.5 million, or 34 cents a share, from $10.1 million, or 25 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Analysts had expected per-share income of 32 cents.
IRobot Corp. (IRBT) said it swung to a net loss in the fourth quarter of $1.78 million, or 8 cents a share, as operating expenses rose. During the same period in the prior year, net income was $15,000, or breakeven on a per share basis.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it has told the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission that units outside of the United States are believed to have made improper payments connected with the sale of medical devices in two small-market countries.
Lincare Holdings Inc. (LNCR) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $57 million, or 59 cents a share, compared with $55.1 million, or 54 cents a share, in the same period last year, on the back of higher sales. The provider respiratory therapy services said revenue rose 12.9 percent to $368.1 million from $326.1 million.
MoSys Inc. (MOSY) said it swung to net income in the fourth-quarter of $567,000, or 2 cents a share, as royalty revenue increased. During the same period in the prior year, the net loss was $1.08 million, or 4 cents a share. Analysts had expected per-share earnings of 4 cents for the recent quarter.
Pier 1 Imports Inc. (PIR) is suing TJX Cos. (TJX) , seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent TJX from interfering with Pier 1 employing Alex Smith as its new president and chief executive.
Online travel bookings provider Priceline.com Inc. (PCLN) reported profit more than doubled on stronger business in Europe. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Priceline said profit was $13.2 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $3.8 million or 9 cents a share a year ago. Sales for the quarter rose 28 percent to $235.9 million.
Radyne Corp. (RADN) reported fourth-quarter net earnings $3.56 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with $4.29 million, or 24 cents a share, as revenue dropped and expenses rose.
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd. (SNDA) said it swung to net income for the fourth-quarter of 240.3 million renminbi ($31 million), or RMB3.32 (42 cents) per American Depositary Share. During the same period in the prior year, the net loss was RMB538.9 million, or RMB7.58 per ADS.
Shaw Group Inc. (SGR) said Ernst & Young LLP has notified the company of its decision to resign as Shaw's independent registered public accounting firm. Ernst & Young said it will resign effective upon the filing of Shaw's report for the quarter ending Feb. 28.
Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. (UCTT) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $4.65 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with $683,000, or 4 cents a share, in the same period last year, on higher sales from the acquisition of Sieger Engineering Inc.
Yum Brands Inc. (YUM) posted a 2.7 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit as higher margins and international growth offset flat sales in the U.S. as well as the impact of an e. coli outbreak at its Taco Bell unit that sickened dozens last fall.
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