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Earnings Watch For February 27 (AES, LOW, CECO, PCLN, URS)

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2/27/2012 5:40 AM ET

Power company AES Corp. (AES: Quote) is slated to report fourth-quarter results. It is expected that the company will earn $0.22 per share compared to $0.23 per share last year, on revenues of $3.46 billion. The stock closed Friday at $13.80. (The stock up about 21% in Q4; MA(50)- $12.63; MA(100)- $11.92; 52-wk H/L $14.01/$9)

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW: Quote) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results. The world's second largest home improvement retailer is expected to post earnings of $0.24 per share on revenues of $11.34 billion. In the prior year, the company earned $0.21 per share on revenues of $10.48 billion. LOW closed Friday's trade at $27.16. (The stock gained nearly 32% in Q4; MA(50)- $26.42; MA(100)- $24.34; 52-wk H/L $28.46/$18.07)

Career Education Corp. (CECO: Quote) is expected to report quarterly results. For the fourth quarter, the company is anticipated to record a profit of $0.26 per share, a decline from $0.81 per share in the year-ago quarter, with revenues estimated at $436.52 million. The company's shares closed Friday's session at $11.93. (The stock plunged almost 39% in Q4; MA(50)- $9.50; MA(100)- $10.30; 52-wk H/L $27.60/$6.22)

Online travel services provider priceline.com Inc. (PCLN: Quote) is due to report results for the fourth quarter. Earnings and revenue for the quarter are expected to be $5.05 per share and $967.91 million respectively. Last year, the company earned $3.40 per share on revenues of $731.32 million. The stock closed Friday at $590.41. (The stock up about 4% in Q4; MA(50)- $513.59; MA(100)- $503.73; 52-wk H/L $595.84/$411.26)

URS Corp. (URS: Quote) will post fourth-quarter results today. Quarterly earnings are expected to rise year-over-year to $0.98 per share from $0.75 per share. Also, the company is anticipated to generate revenues of $2.54 billion for the quarter. URS closed Friday's regular trade at $46.62. (The stock gained nearly 18% in Q4; MA(50)- $39.40; MA(100)- $37.01; 52-wk H/L $47.28/$27.93)

Additionally, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (CTB: Quote), El Paso Corp. (EP: Quote), El Paso Pipeline Partners LP (EPB: Quote), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (VRX: Quote), Visteon Corp. (VC: Quote), Cray Inc. (CRAY: Quote), Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (HGSI: Quote), Sina Corp. (SINA: Quote) and Vornado Realty Trust (VNO: Quote) are expected to report their results today.

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