SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday's session are Boeing Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc. and Lowe's Cos. Inc.
Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) is expected to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 37 cents a share, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.
Bob Evans Farms Inc. (BOBE) is seen posting fiscal second-quarter earnings of 23 cents a share.
Jo-Ann Stores Inc. (JAS) is expected to report a loss of a penny a share in its third quarter.
Lowe's Cos. Inc.'s (LOW) third quarter is expected to show a profit of 77 cents a share.
Tyson Foods Inc.'s (TSN) fiscal fourth quarter is seen showing a profit of 30 cents a share.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is expected to post third-quarter earnings of 57 cents a share.
After Friday's closing bell, AT&T Corp. (T) said it will pay a special dividend to shareholders as early as next week, when the company's pending $16 billion sale to SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) could be completed.
Activision Inc. (ATVI) and Marvel Entertainment Inc. (MVL) said they have extended their current video game licensing agreements for the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises through 2017. The original agreements were set to expire in 2009. Activision said its Spider-Man and X-Men video games have sold more than 25 million units to date.
Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL) estimated an after-tax loss of $40 million to $60 million due to Hurricane Wilma. The Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer said the estimate is based on industry insured losses of $8 billion to $12 billion.
Brazilian jetmaker Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (ERJ) said its third-quarter earnings and profit margins slipped but revenue topped $1 billion as deliveries increased.
Boeing Co. (BA) will pay $72.5 million to settle a class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit, the Associated Press reported. The payout is the maximum allowed under an agreement covering almost 18,000 current and former female employees who said Boeing discriminated against them at Seattle-area plants between 1997 and 2000. Boeing has admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to change its hiring, pay, promotion practices and employee grievance procedures. The aerospace giant faces another discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of 15,000 African-American Boeing employees, scheduled to begin proceedings in federal court Dec. 5.
Triarc Companies Inc. (TRY) (TRYB) reported a third-quarter net loss of $42.5 million, or 58 cents a share. Last year, it earned $22 million, or 36 cents a share. Revenue more than doubled to $240.4 million from $86 million a year ago. The company said the revenue increase was primarily attributable to its July acquisition of RTM Restaurant Group, owner of 775 Arby's restaurants as of the date of the transaction. Excluding TRM stores, third-quarter same-store sales for franchised restaurants fell 4% compared with an increase of 8% in the year-ago period.
W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA) said it has acquired Flexit Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., an India-based manufacturer of chromatography products. Financial terms were not disclosed. Flexit will be integrated into the discovery sciences business of Grace's Davison Chemicals segment.