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Earnings Watch For July 31 (CMCSA, HUM, MA, CBS, DWA, MAR)

Cable giant Comcast Corp. (CMCSA: Quote) is expected to report results for the second quarter. The company is expected to earn $0.63 per share on revenues of $16.01 billion, while in the year-ago quarter, earnings and revenue were $0.50 per share and $15.21 billion, respectively. The shares closed Tuesday at $42.71. (52-wk H/L $45.63/$33.38)

Health insurer Humana Inc. (HUM: Quote) is scheduled to post second quarter results. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company's earnings are expected to increase to $2.47 per share from the prior year's $2.34 per share. Quarterly revenues are anticipated at $10.34 billion, up from $9.70 billion last year. Shares of HUM closed Tuesday at $89.26. (52-wk H/L $91.61/$60.95)

Credit card company Mastercard Inc. (MA: Quote) is slated to post second quarter results before the markets open. The Purchase, New York-based company is expected to earn $6.30 per share, higher than the $5.65 per share earned a year ago. Quarterly revenues are estimated to grow to $2.00 billion from the prior year's $1.82 billion. The company's shares closed Tuesday's regular trading at $601.42. (52-wk H/L $604.85/$413.18).

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International, Inc. (MAR: Quote) is due to post its second quarter results after the close of trading. The earnings of the hotel operator are expected at $0.57 per share, higher than the previous year's $0.42 per share. Quarterly revenues are anticipated at $3.21 billion, an increase from $2.78 billion last year. The stock closed Tuesday at $41.39.( 52-wk H/L $44.45/$33.93)

Media company CBS Corp. (CBS: Quote) will due to post its second quarter results. The New York-based company is expected to report a profit of $0.72 per share versus $0.65 per share last year with revenues estimated at $3.52 billion. On the NYSE, the shares closed Tuesday trade at $52.33. (52-wk H/L $53.84/$31.84)

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA: Quote) is expected to report results for the second quarter. The earnings of the Glendale, California-based company are expected to grow to $0.20 per share from the prior year's $0.15 per share. Quarterly revenues are projected at $189.7 million, higher than the $162.8 million reported a year ago. The shares closed Tuesday at $24.29. (52-wk H/L $26.86/$15.90).

Allergan Inc. (AGN: Quote), Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (BKW: Quote), Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH: Quote), Hospira Inc. (HSP: Quote), Hyatt Hotels Corp (H: Quote), PG&E Corp. (PCG: Quote), Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM), The Allstate Corp. (ALL: Quote), Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM: Quote), BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (BJRI: Quote), Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP: Quote), Lam Research Corp (LRCX: Quote), Lincoln National Corp. (LNC: Quote), MetLife, Inc. (MET: Quote), Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR: Quote), Protective Life Corp. (PL: Quote), SunPower Corp. (SPWR: Quote), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM: Quote), Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB: Quote) and Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ: Quote) are also scheduled to report their results.

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