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Earnings Watch For March 7 (KR, SFD, HRB, P)

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Grocery stores operator Kroger Co. (KR: Quote) is scheduled to post fourth quarter results before the markets open. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company is expected to report earnings of $0.70 per share, higher than the year-ago quarter's $0.50 per share. Also, the company is anticipated to generate revenues of $24.00 billion, an increase from $21.41 billion in the prior-year quarter. The stock closed Wednesday's session at $29.36. (52-wk H/L $29.76/$20.98)

Smithfield Foods, Inc. (SFD: Quote) is expected to report third quarter results before the opening bell. The packaged pork and meat products maker is expected to report earnings of $0.51 per share, lower than $0.69 per share last year. Besides, the Smithfield, Virginia-based company is anticipated to generate revenues of $3.53 billion, up from $3.48 billion recorded a year ago. The company's shares closed Wednesday's regular trading at $22.30. (52-wk H/L $24.00/$17.55)

H&R Block, Inc. (HRB: Quote) is due to post third-quarter results. The largest US tax preparer company is expected to report a loss of $0.01 per share, flat with last year. Revenues are estimated to decline to $563.60 million from $663.28 million reported a year earlier. Shares of HRB closed Wednesday's trade at $25.26. (52-wk H/L $25.50/$14.35)

Oakland, California-based Pandora Media, Inc. (P: Quote) is due to post fourth quarter results after the market closes. The Internet radio company is expected to post a loss of $0.05 per share, wider than $0.03 per share reported a year ago. Meanwhile, revenues are projected to rise to $122.81 million from $81.33 million last year. The shares closed Wednesday's session at $11.67. (52-wk H/L $13.50/$7.08)

Ciena Corp (CIEN: Quote), Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (CMTL: Quote), The Cooper Companies Inc. (COO: Quote), Finisar Corp. (FNSR: Quote), Quiksilver Inc. (ZQK: Quote) and Thor Industries Inc. (THO) are also scheduled to report their results.

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