On Tuesday, Ford (F) reported earnings that beat analysts' estimates, a result of strong U.S. sales that overcame the adverse impact of slumping Europe sales and lower profits in South America.
Walt Disney (DIS - Get Report) announced Tuesday it agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, the maker of the "Star Wars" movies, for $4.05 billion. Disney said it would make at least three more "Star Wars" movies, with the next release scheduled for 2015.
PVH (PVH - Get Report)agreed to buy Warnaco (WRC) for about $2.9 billion, a deal that will bring brands like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Speedo under one roof. PVH is buying Warnaco for $51.75 in cash and 0.1822 a share of PVH common stock for each Warnaco share. The deal values Warnaco at $68.43, a 34% premium over the last closing price of Warnaco of $50.99.
MasterCard (MA - Get Report) is forecast by analysts to report third-quarter earnings of $5.93 a share, while rival credit card company Visa (V)is seen posting fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $1.50 a share. This Week's Key Earnings Reports
MetLife (MET), the insurance giant, is expected to report third-quarter earnings at $1.28 a share on revenue of $17.15 billion.
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