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Proctor and Gamble (NYSE:PG): Procter & Gamble Co. sells and markets consumer products such as pharmaceuticals, cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet supplies in more than 180 countries. Net income for P&G rose to $2.51 billion (84 cents per share) vs. $2.19 billion (71 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 14.9% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue also rose 10.2% to $20.86 billion from the year earlier quarter. The company beat the mean analyst estimate of 82 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $20.63 billion. PG stock gained 2.00% in trades.
“We are pleased with the strong top- and bottom-line performance in the quarter,” said Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob McDonald. “We delivered organic sales growth of five percent and earnings per share growth of 18 percent in a challenging environment, driven by our ongoing commitment to make a difference in the everyday lives of the world’s consumers.”
Competitors to Watch: Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).
Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO): Washington Post operates as a diversified education and media company. Net income for the media company fell to $45.6 million ($5.74 per share) vs. $92 million ($10 per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 50.5% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue also fell 10% to $1.07 billion from the year earlier quarter. WPO fell short of the mean analyst estimate of $5.87 per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $1.09 billion. The stock rose 3.74% in trading Friday.
Competitors to Watch: Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO), The Princeton Review, Inc (NASDAQ:REVU), Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL), DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO), and Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA).
American International Group (NYSE:AIG): American International Group is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in insurance and insurance related activities in the global marketplace. The company swung to a second quarter profit of $1.84 billion ($1 per diluted share). The property and casualty insurance company had a net loss of $2.66 billion or a loss of $19.57 per share in the year earlier quarter. The mean estimate for AIG was $1.15 per share per share. The stock declined -0.19% after hours.
“Our results for the second quarter demonstrate the hard work from employees across all of our business units and our unrelenting focus on performance,” said Robert H. Benmosche, AIG President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also achieved a significant recapitalization milestone during the quarter with an $8.7 billion common stock offering, consisting of the issuance and sale of 100 million shares by AIG and the sale of 200 million shares at a profit by the U.S. Treasury. Our continued improving operating results should provide a catalyst for the U.S. Treasury to sell its shares at a profit for the taxpayers. Now that we have fully repaid our debt to the Federal Reserve, we are on the right path to demonstrate AIG’s long-term value as an investment-grade company independent of government support.”
Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR): Fluor Corporation provides professional services and project management in the fields of procurement, engineering, construction and maintenance. The company reported second quarter net income that rose to $165.5 million (94 cents per share) vs. $157.4 million (87 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 5.2% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue rose 17.1% to $6.03 billion from the year earlier quarter. FLR beat the mean analyst estimate of 81 cents per share. It beat the average revenue estimate of $5.77 billion. The stock rose 7.13% in after hours trades.
“With strong earnings and record new awards, driving our backlog to over $40 billion for the first time in history,I am very pleased with our performance to date,” said David Seaton, Chief Executive Officer. “We are increasingly confident in our business outlook and, as a result, are adjusting our earnings guidance range for 2011.”
Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX): Rackspace Hosting, Inc. is a provider of hosting and cloud computing services. Net income for Rackspace Hosting, Inc. rose to $17.6 million (13 cents per share) vs. $11.2 million (8 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 56.8% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue rose 32% to $247.2 million from the year earlier quarter. RAX beat the mean analyst estimate of 12 cents per share. It beat the average revenue estimate of $241.3 million. The stock rose 0.11% after hours.
“This past quarter we made good progress toward our goal of accelerating revenue growth while strengthening the business. While we still have lots to accomplish throughout the year, we remain on the right track to achieve our goals for 2011,” said Karl Pichler, chief financial officer.”
Competitors to Watch: Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX), SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) reported net income above Wall Street’s expectations for the second quarter. Net income for MasterCard Incorporated rose to $608 million ($4.76 per share) vs. $458 million ($3.49 per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 32.8% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue rose 22.1% to $1.67 billion from the year earlier quarter. MA beat the mean analyst estimate of $4.21 per share. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.55 billion.
“Solid global performance, including strong increases in volume and processed transactions, fueled double-digit revenue growth this quarter,” said Ajay Banga, MasterCard president and chief executive officer. “While payment volumes have risen across our base customers, we’re also seeing new business such as the portfolio conversions of SunTrust and Sovereign, as well as new processing relationships in the Netherlands and in Brazil, contribute to growth.”
Competitors to Watch: Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), Capital One Financial (NYSE:COF) Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM).
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) reported its results for the second quarter. Net income for the life insurance company fell to $838 million ($1.68 per share) vs. $1.08 billion ($1.70 per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 22.2% from the year earlier quarter. PRU beat the mean analyst estimate of $1.55 per share.
“Our organic business growth in U.S. and international markets is bolstered by the expanded distribution opportunities and client base from the Star and Edison businesses we acquired in Japan earlier this year, with business integration on track,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Strangfeld.
Competitors to Watch: MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE:ING), Prudential Public Ltd. Co. (NYSE:PUK), Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK), Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC), and AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL).
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE): Pfizer Inc. is a global pharmaceutical company which develops and manufactures prescription medications for humans and animals. The company reported its second quarter results Tuesday, with net income rising to $2.61 billion (33 cents per share) vs. $2.48 billion (31 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 5.5% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue fell 2% to $16.98 billion from the year earlier quarter. The company reported adjusted net income of 60 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 59 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $16.98 billion. PFE stock was down -4.58% on the day.
Ian Read, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our performance this quarter was in-line with our expectations. Although results were impacted by losses of exclusivity of several key products in certain geographies, most notably in our Established Products business, I am pleased that many of our core products, primarily Lyrica, Enbrel and the Prevnar/Prevenar franchise, continued to perform well overall and the fundamentals of our business remain strong. We will continue to invest in areas that will enhance our presence, expand the breadth of our portfolio and position our businesses to better capitalize on high-growth opportunities.”
Competitors to Watch: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK), Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY), Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and Sanofi-Aventis SA (NYSE:SNY).
Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE:MRO): The oil (NYSE:USO) and natural gas (NYSE:UNG) exploration and production company with operations in the North America, Africa and Europe, reported its most recent earnings. Net income for Marathon Oil Corporation rose to $996 million ($1.39 per share) vs. $709 million ($1 per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 40.5% from the year earlier quarter. Revenues rose 31.8% to $3.87 billion from the year earlier quarter. MRO stock is up 2.60% after hours.
“In the second quarter we successfully completed the spin-off of our downstream business and announced the pending $3.5 billion acquisition of assets in the Eagle Ford shale in Texas,” said Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., Marathon Oil`s chairman, president and CEO. “Our second quarter financial results, while solid, were negatively impacted by unplanned downtime at key international operations which held our second quarter production to the lower end of guidance. These operations are all back operating at or above expected capacity.”
Competitors to Watch: Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), BP plc (NYSE:BP), TOTAL S.A. (NYSE:TOT), Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO) and Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR).
CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS): CBS Corporation is a mass media company with operations in entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting and radio. Second quarter net income for the company rose to $395 million (58 cents per share) vs. $150.1 million (22 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This is a more than twofold rise from the year earlier quarter. Revenues rose 7.7% to $3.59 billion from the year earlier quarter. CBS beat the mean analyst estimate of 45 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $3.56 billion. CBS stock gained 1.60% in after hours trades.
“CBS’s second quarter performance built on our tremendous first quarter, posting strong results throughout each of our businesses,” said Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman, CBS Corporation. “The Company continues to operate at an exceptionally high level as we remain focused on creating the absolute best content and distributing that content in strategic and profitable ways. I am confident that Leslie and his team will continue to manage CBS for success and enhance shareholder value for a long, long time to come.”
Related Companies to Watch: The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE:SNI), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH), DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL).
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