NEW YORK --
, the world's largest retailer, reported Thursday first-quarter earnings of $3.74 billion, or $1.09 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $3.39 billion, or 97 cents a share.
Analysts, on average, were looking for a profit of $1.04 a share in the April-ended period on sales of $110.54 billion.
The retailer announced Wednesday that it anticipates second-quarter earnings of between $1.13 and $1.18 a share; analysts are expecting $1.16 a share.
Shares of Wal-Mart roes 2.97% in premarket trading Thursday to $60.95.
reported first-quarter profit of $189 million, or $1.78 a share, a reversal from a year-earlier loss of $170 million, or $1.58 a share.
The latest quarter included about $200 million of gains from the sale of some U.S. and Canadian stores
Sears posted an adjusted first-quarter loss of 31 cents a share, compared with an adjusted year-earlier loss of $1.34 a share.
The retailer was expected by analysts to post a quarterly loss of 67 cents a share.
Sears shares rose 3.93% to $52.87 in premarket trading Thursday.
announced Thursday that it is making its largest acquisition to date of Denmark cancer diagnostic firm
for $2.2 billion.
Shares of Agilent rose 3.12% to $41.00 in premarket trading Thursday.
Network equipment maker
is expected to post
after the bell Thursday and analysts expect profit of 12 cents a share on sales of $541.4 million.
, the specialty retailer, whose brands include Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, said Wednesday it expects second-quarter earnings of 40 cents to 45 cents a share.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were looking for a profit of 50 cents a share in the July-ending quarter. For the full year, Limited said it expects earnings of $2.63 to $2.83 a share; Wall Street's current consensus estimate is $2.83 a share.
Shares of Limited fell 2.13% in premarket trading Thursday to $46.94.
is expected by analysts to post first-quarter earnings of 46 cents a share on revenue of $3.47 billion.
announced Wednesday that it is acquiring
for $1.45 billion.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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