U.S. Hot Stocks: Hot Stocks to Watch

Date : 07/24/2014 @ 2:45PM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Thursday's session are General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. (F) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).

General Motors reported an 80% drop in its second-quarter profit, with earnings hit by charges related to vehicle recalls and a compensation plan for victims of car accidents linked to defective ignition switches. Shares fell 1.9% to $36.70 in premarket trading.

Ford said second-quarter net income rose 6%, driven by a record quarter in North America, strong results in Asia and its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years. The company reaffirmed its full-year pretax profit forecast. Shares rose 1.7% to $18.08 premarket.

Wal-Mart said its U.S. chief, Bill Simon, will leave the company in two weeks, eight months after getting passed over for the top job and as domestic sales remain weak. Shares fell slightly to $76.48 premarket.

Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) said its second-quarter profit slid 39% as patent expirations for some of its bigger-selling drugs dragged down revenue and volume. The company backed its full-year earnings guidance. Shares were inactive premarket.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) said its second-quarter profit rose 4.1% as the machinery maker benefited from lower operating costs and strong construction results, but its mining-related business continued to post weak results. The company again raised its earnings outlook for the year. Shares fell 2.7% to $105.49 premarket.

D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) said its fiscal third-quarter profit fell despite strong home-building revenue and an increase in new sales orders, as the company reported impairment charges tied to assets in the Chicago area. Shares slumped 2.8% to $24.10 premarket.

Under Armour Inc. (UA) said strong footwear and apparel sales buoyed its second-quarter results, and the company again raised its outlook for full-year sales. Shares jumped 7% to $64.88 premarket.

Raytheon Co. (RTN) reported a 12% rise in second-quarter profit, but new bookings fell short of analysts' expectations and the company left its full-year guidance unchanged. Shares fell slightly to $94.55 premarket.

American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) said it posted the highest quarterly profit in its history as revenue also surged. The company also unveiled a capital deployment plan that will cut its debt, provide additional pension contributions and return capital to shareholders. Shares were down 1.5% to $42.68 premarket.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW) said its second-quarter profit rose 23% as fee revenue increased, while the firm posted an increase in assets under management. But revenue fell short of analysts' expectations. Shares dipped 2.1% to $80.50 premarket.

KKR & Co. (KKR) said second-quarter profit surged, as the private-equity firm reeled in the highest cash profit from deals since becoming a public company. Shares fell 2.1% to $24.80 premarket.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) said its second-quarter profit jumped 15% as revenue from the company's increasingly diversified operations rose. Shares were inactive premarket.

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. (DNKN) said second-quarter sales weren't as robust as expected, as bad weather and other consumer challenges weighed on the top line. Shares tumbled 8.1% to $40.42 premarket.

Boeing Co. (BA) agreed to conditions by which it could sell aircraft spare parts to state-owned Iran Air.

United Continental Holdings Inc.'s (UAL) second-quarter profit surged 68% as passenger revenue climbed. Results topped market expectations.

3M Co. (MMM) said its second-quarter earnings rose 5.8% as operating income improved across all of its segments and revenue topped Wall Street's expectations. The company again backed its full-year earnings outlook.

Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) said second-quarter earnings fell as higher costs masked an increase in revenue. The company again raised its adjusted earnings outlook for the year.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (HOT) said its second-quarter earnings rose 12% on growth in its fees business, while the company raised its outlook for the year.


Angie's List Inc.'s (ANGI) second-quarter loss widened because of costs tied to its expansion efforts, even as the online consumer-review site continued to post higher revenue.

AT&T Inc.'s (T) second-quarter profit fell 7.2% as wireless service revenue took a hit from a drop in prices tied to a shift in strategy.

AvalonBay Communities Inc.'s (AVB) second-quarter earnings surged as the apartment operator benefited from stronger revenue and sharply lower depreciation expenses.

CA Technologies' (CA) fiscal first-quarter profit fell sharply as the company reported its ninth straight quarter of year-over-year revenue declines.

Cheesecake Factory Inc.'s (CAKE) second-quarter earnings rose 5%, and the casual-dining chain raised its dividend by 18%.

Cirrus Logic Inc.'s (CRUS) fiscal first-quarter profit fell 50% on weaker revenue and margins. The company supplies audiochips to Apple Inc.

Citrix Systems Inc.'s (CTXS) second-quarter earnings fell 18%, in part due to a restructuring charge, but adjusted earnings and revenue topped the company's projections.

Crown Castle International Corp.'s (CCI) second-quarter earnings fell 35% on debt-redemption losses that masked higher revenue and growth in a key measure of performance for real-estate investment trusts.

Equifax Inc. (EFX) raised its full-year fiscal projection citing stronger-than-expected second-quarter results and improvement in the mortgage sector.

E*Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC) swung to a second-quarter profit, modestly topping Wall-Street estimates, as the firm bounced back from a year-earlier quarter weighed down by a large impairment charge.

F5 Networks Inc.'s (FFIV) fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 17% on stronger revenue, which was boosted by the networking-equipment company's tiered pricing strategy and security products.

Facebook Inc. (FB) posted a second-quarter profit that more than doubled while wringing more mobile-advertising dollars from its users.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) said its new hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, had $3.48 billion in second-quarter sales, more than expected, continuing what is believed to be the best-selling prescription drug launch in history.

Hanesbrands Inc.'s (HBI) second-quarter earnings rose 27% as the apparel maker benefited from its Maidenform Brands Inc. acquisition and sales in its activewear segment.

Technology firm PTC Inc. (PTC) posted a 10% increase in its fiscal third-quarter profit and announced an acquisition that will expand its "Internet of things" portfolio.

Chip giant Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) reported a 42% jump in third-quarter profit and increased its full-year earnings outlook, in large part because of growing demand for smartphones in China that use its semiconductor technology.

Skechers USA Inc.'s (SKX) second-quarter profit soared on the footwear maker's broad sales growth.

SL Green Realty Corp.'s (SLG) second-quarter profit soared, which the company attributed mainly to gains from two deals in the quarter.

SLM Corp. (SLM), better known as Sallie Mae, said its second-quarter profit fell 4.2% as it recorded higher expenses in its first earnings report since being broken up into two firms: Sallie Mae, now a standalone consumer-banking operation, and Navient Corp. (NAVI), an education-loan management business.

Spectranetics Corp.'s (SPNC) two laser atherectomy products to treat patients with peripheral artery disease--Turbo-Elite and Turbo-Tandem--received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tractor Supply Co.'s (TSCO) second-quarter profit rose 8% as the chain of farm and ranch supply stores recorded an increase in revenue.

TripAdvisor Inc.'s (TRIP) second-quarter profit improved slightly even as the hotel-review site posted a 45% increase in expenses, masking broad revenue growth.

Write to Tom Rojas at tom.rojas@wsj.com and Maria Armental at maria.armental@wsj.com

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