Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, estimated in a regulatory filing that operating income for the July-September quarter nearly doubled from a year earlier to $7.3 billion, an all-time high, driven by strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones.
Constellation Brands (STZ - Get Report), the N.Y.-based alcohol seller, is expected by analysts Friday to post fiscal second-quarter earnings of 54 cents a share in the August-ended period on revenue of $710.1 million.
Major League Baseball's playoffs begin Friday night, with the wild card games. In the National League, the Atlanta Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals. In the American League, the Texas Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles.
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