SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Thursday's session are Pfizer Inc., Coca-Cola Co., United Parcel Service Inc., EBay Inc., Amgen Inc. and Ford Motor Co.
Coca-Cola Co. (KO) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 53 cents a share, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.
Ford Motor Co.'s (F) third quarter is expected to show a per-share loss of 10 cents.
Google Inc. (GOOG) is seen posting third-quarter earnings of $1.36 a share.
Hershey Co. (HSY) is expected to report a profit of 74 cents a share in its third quarter
Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd.'s (IR) third quarter is expected to show a per-share profit of 72 cents
McDonald's Corp. (MCD) is seen posting a third-quarter profit of 58 cents a share.
McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc. (MHP) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 96 cents a share.
Nokia Corp.'s (NOK) third quarter is expected to show earnings of 22 cents a share.
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is seen posting a third-quarter profit of 48 cents a share.
Southwest Airlines Co.'s (LUV) third-quarter results are expected to show per-share earnings of 18 cents.
United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 86 cents a share.
Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) is seen posting a profit of $1.62 in its third quarter.
After Wednesday's closing bell, EBay Inc. (EBAY) said that third-quarter net income surged 40% and sales rose more than expected on strong growth in its payments business and overseas markets.
Allstate Corp. (ALL) reported a third-quarter net loss of $1.55 billion as the second-largest U.S. property and casualty insurer was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and other storms.
Amgen Inc. (AMGN) reported significantly higher third-quarter earnings, powered largely by strong sales of its anemia drug Aranesp.
Cirrus Logic Inc. (CRUS) saw revenue fall slightly in the second fiscal quarter, though the final number still came in ahead of Wall Street's estimates. The company reported revenue of $50.5 million compared to $51.3 million for the same period last year. Net loss was $99,000 compared to a loss of $15.1 million last year. Excluding certain charges, the company said non-GAAP earnings for the period came in at $6.8 million, or 8 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 7 cents a share on revenue of $46.8 million, according to Thomson First Call.
Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS) reported third-quarter net earnings of $41 million, or 23 cents a share, up 6.5% from $38.4 million, or 22 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Pro forma earnings for the quarter came in at 29 cents a share. Revenue at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based access infrastructure software developer rose to $226.9 million from $187.6 million last year. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had estimated earnings at 25 cents a share on revenue of $219.9 million.
CNF Inc. (CNF) reported third-quarter net earnings of $66 million, or $1.18 a share. During the same period a year ago, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based logistics and freight forwarding company posted a net loss of $216.2 million, or $3.90 a share. CNF reported revenue of $1.1 billion vs. $972.6 million.
E-Trade Financial Corp. (ET) said that strong client trading and fee revenue helped increase profits 36% in the third quarter.
Hub Group (HUBG) said third-quarter profit surged to $9.6 million, or 47 cents a share, from $3.5 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had expected a profit, on average, of 44 cents a share. Revenue for the freight company rose to $399.4 million, from $362.1 million, topping Wall Street targets of $392 million.
Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) said third-quarter net profit jumped 72% as the company sold more devices that move data, audio and video over the Internet.
Knight Transportation Inc. (KNX) reported third-quarter earnings of $15.5 million, or 27 cents a share, up from $12.6 million, or 22 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 totaled $146.2 million, up 28% from $114.1 million in the year-ago period. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had expected a profit, on average, of 26 cents a share with revenue of $135 million.
Leggett & Platt Inc. (LEG) reported a 33% drop in third-quarter earnings, citing climbing fuel and material prices and disappointing sales volume for the weak results.
MGI Pharma Inc. (MOGN) reported third-quarter net earnings of $12.9 million, or 17 cents a share. In the same period a year ago, the company reported a net loss of $89.3 million, or $1.26 a share. The company also reported third-quarter pro forma earnings of 12 cents a share compared with 10 cents a share last year. Revenue at the Minneapolis-based company rose to $67.9 million from $55.6 million a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had estimated revenue at $71 million.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) said its third-quarter profit fell sharply on an item related to the settlement of a lawsuit.
Owens-Illinois Inc. (OI) reported third-quarter net earnings of $119.6 million, or 75 cents a share, compared with $76.4 million, or 47 cents a share, last year. Earnings from continuing operations were $56.6 million, or 34 cents a share. Revenue rose 5% to $1.81 billion from $1.72 billion last year, said the Toledo, Ohio-based container and packaging company.
PMC-Sierra Inc. (PMCS) reported that third-quarter net income dipped as sales of its chips that power networking gear and consumer electronics climbed.
QLogic Corp. (QLGC) on Wednesday reported that profit in the past quarter rose almost 20% from a year ago on increased sales of storage-area networking gear.
Redback Networks Inc. (RBAK) reported a third-quarter net loss of $8.4 million, or 15 cents a share, vs. a net loss of $12.5 million, or 24 cents a share, in the year-ago period. On a pro forma basis, the San Jose, Calif.-based network equipment supplier reported a loss of 8 cents a share. Revenue rose to $36.4 million from $21 million last year. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had estimated a loss of 4 cents a share on revenue of $37 million.
Torchmark Corp. (TMK) said third-quarter net income came in at $119 million, 4% below the same period last year when the life insurer generated profit of $124 million. Earnings per share in the period rose to $1.14 from $1.12, the Birmingham, Ala.-based company added. Net operating income, which excludes realized investment gains and losses and other non-operating items, came in at $122 million, or $1.16 per share, up from $120 million, or $1.08 a share, a year earlier. The company was forecast to earn $1.16 per share in the period, according to a Thomson First Call survey of 16 analysts.
VeriSign Inc. (VRSN) reported its third quarter profit rose 10% as demand in the company's Internet and communications service operations offset less than anticipated revenue in its mobile entertainment division.
Washington Mutual (WM) , bolstered by strong retail banking results, reported a 21% increase in third-quarter earnings.