Stocks to Watch, Nov. 13: Merck, Tyson and Sony

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Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday's session are Deutsche Telekom AG, Tyson Foods Inc. and Ventana Medical Systems Inc.

Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) is expected to repot earnings per share of 5 cents for the third quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.

Embraer (ERJ) is expected to post third-quarter income per American Depositary Receipt of 46 cents.

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Knot Inc. (KNOT) is expected to post third-quarter per-share income of 10 cents.

Tyson (TSN) is expected to report a per-share loss of 4 cents for the fourth quarter.

Deutsche Telekom (DT) said Chief Executive Kai-Uwe Ricke stepped down from his post on Sunday. His resignation is effective Monday. See related story.

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Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. (BWP) said it has committed to build a new $1.1 billion, 355-mile interstate gas pipeline from Sherman, Texas, to Perryville, La. The new project, called the Gulf Crossing Pipeline, will consist of 42-inch diameter pipeline with a capacity of roughly 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

Cabot (CBT) said its board has approved increasing the quarterly cash dividend 13 percent, or by two cents, to 18 cents per share. The dividend is payable Dec. 8 to shareholders as of Nov. 24, according to the specialty chemicals company.

Chevron Corp. (CVX) has made another substantial discovery of natural gas off the West Australian coast, potentially adding resources to its proposed $8.4 billion Gorgon development. "The well discovered 623 feet of net gas sands in the Mungaroo Formation, which places Clio as one of the top wells in Australia in terms of total net pay," Chevron said in a statement.

Core-Mark Holding Co. (CORE) said third-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $4.4 million, or 40 cents a share, from $900,000, or 8 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. The distributor of packaged consumer products said quarterly revenue rose to $1.48 billion from $1.33 billion in the prior year. Core-Mark backed its view for $5.25 billion in sales for 2006.

The general partner of DCP Midstream Partners LP (DPM) said it has appointed Mark Borer as president and chief executive. Borer was also named to the board. DCP Midstream also said it has tapped Fred Fowler to succeed Jim Mogg as chairman of the board.

LAN Airlines S.A. (LFL) said October systemwide traffic rose 24.6 percent from last year, while capacity rose 20.5 percent. The Chile-based airline said October load factor rose 2.5 percentage points from a year ago to 75.9 percent.

Merck & Co. (MRK) will initially seek Food and Drug Administration approval for a narrower use of its painkiller Arcoxia than it had previously sought. FDA approval of Arcoxia has been delayed for several years in the wake of safety concerns about the class of drugs to which it belongs, known as selective Cox-2 inhibitors. Arcoxia, which is approved for sale in 62 other countries, is Merck's follow-up to Vioxx, the Cox-2 inhibitor it pulled from the market in 2004 after a study showed it elevated risk of heart attack.

PlayStation 3, Sony Corp.'s (SNE) highly anticipated and long-delayed next-generation game console, went on sale in Japan and was greeted by thousands of fans. The console will compete for market share against Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Xbox 360 and Nintendo Co.'s (NTDOY) Wii.

Suntron Corp. (SUNN) and Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) said they have reached a confidential settlement agreement that terminates the litigation between the companies. Applied has agreed to pay Suntron an undisclosed sum, and will acquire certain Suntron inventory.

Ventana Medical (VMSI) was the most actively traded stock now that its shares have been added to a Standard & Poor's index.

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