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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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Oracle Corp. said Wednesday after the markets closed that its second quarter profit fell 2% from last year, hurt mainly by higher income tax expenses even as revenue increased 3%. However, the company's quarterly earnings per share, excluding items, came in above analysts' expectations as did its quarterly revenue. Apple's iPhone-based Apple Pay system is gaining momentum nationwide with a host of new banks and retailers signing on. The system allows users to link a credit card directly to their device for payments and Apple now says they have deals with banks that account for 90 percent of the debit card transactions in the US. The current drop in fuel prices could lead to a major sales dip for electric automaker Tesla, according to some industry experts. The Elon Musk led manufacturer had predicted sales of over 500,000 new vehicles by 2020, but now that number could fall by as much as 40 percent.
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