Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Portfolio Relevance
By David B. Wilkerson, MarketWatch
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Facebook Inc., Agilent Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., NetApp Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are among the stocks expected to see active trading on Thursday.
Facebook Inc. FB +4.02%  could be on the move Thursday, when certain lockup agreements preventing insider sales of pre-IPO stockholders will expire. The stock rose 4% to close at $21.20 on Wednesday.

Agilent Technologies A -0.02%   shares fell nearly 8% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the maker of high-tech instruments reported lower-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third quarter and issued a disappointing forecast for the current period.
Cisco Systems CSCO +1.05%  stock rose 5% after hours after the network-equipment giant posted better-than-expected first-quarter results and unveiled a plan to raise its quarterly dividend by 75%.
NetApp NTAP +1.04%  stock rose 5.4% in evening trading after the company issued a better-than-expected forecast for its fiscal second quarter.
On Thursday morning, Wal-Mart Stores WMT +0.59%  is expected to report second-quarter earnings of $1.17 a share on revenue of $114.63 billion, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet.

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Sears Holdings Corp. SHLD +2.59%  is expected to report a loss of 86 cents a share in the second quarter, on sales of $9.68 billion.
Gap Inc. GPS 0.00%  is seen reporting second-quarter earnings of 48 cents a share on revenue of $3.58 billion.
Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR -1.22%  is expected to report second-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share on sales of $1.71 billion.
GameStop Corp. GME -1.33%  is seen reporting a second-quarter profit of 16 cents a share on revenue of $1.61 billion. 
David B. Wilkerson is a reporter for MarketWatch in Chicago.

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