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

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3/7/2013 5:34 AM ET

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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After reporting a bigger than expected increase in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday that once again showed stronger than expected durable goods orders growth in the month of March. The report said durable goods orders surged up by 2.6 percent in March after jumping by a revised 2.1 percent in February. First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by more than expected in the week ended April 19th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with initial jobless claims climbing further off their recent lows. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 329,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 305,000. After giving back some ground in the previous session, stocks are likely to move back to the upside in early trading on Thursday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 40 points.
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