Stocks to Watch: Microsoft, Bank of America


Microsoft ( MSFT), the giant software maker, is seen by analysts Thursday posting fiscal third-quarter earnings of 57 cents a share on revenue of $17.18 billion.

The stock has risen nearly 20% this year. It releases Windows 8 later in 2012.

Bank of America ( BAC) is expected by analysts Thursday to post first-quarter earnings of 12 cents a share on revenue of $22.51 billion.

The stock has risen 60% in 2012, making it the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Analysts are calling for Morgan Stanley ( MS) to post quarterly earnings of 45 cents a share, down from profit of 46 cents a year earlier.

Analysts see revenue of $7.31 billion, down from $9.49 billion last year.

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DuPont ( DD), the chemicals maker, is seen posting quarterly profit of $1.55 a share on revenue of $11.21 billion.

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Other Dow components reporting Thursday are Travelers ( TRV) and Verizon ( VZ).

American Express ( AXP), the credit card company, reported quarterly earnings Wednesday of $1.26 billion, or $1.07 a share, in the March-ended period, on revenue net of interest expense of $7.61 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of $1 a share on revenue of $7.57 billion.

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