Stocks to Watch: Exxon, Amazon, UPS

NEW YORK -- Exxon Mobil ( XOM), the world's largest publicly traded energy company, is expected by analysts Thursday to post first-quarter profit of $2.10 a share, down from $2.14 a share a year earlier.

Analysts expect revenue to rise almost 10% to about $125 billion.

Exxon raised its quarterly dividend Wednesday by 21% to 57 cents a share from 47 cents.

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Amazon ( AMZN), the online retailer, is expected by analysts to post first-quarter earnings of 7 cents a share, down from 44 cents a share a year earlier.

Sales are seen rising 31% to $12.9 billion.

Amazon is scheduled to report after the markets close Thursday.

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United Parcel Service ( UPS), the world's largest package-delivery company, is expected to post quarterly earnings of $1.01 a share, up from 88 cents a year earlier.

First-quarter revenue is seen up 5.4% to $13.26 billion.

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PepsiCo's ( PEP) first-quarter earnings should come in at 66 cents a share, according to analysts, on revenue of $12.35 billion.


Dow Chemical ( DOW) is expected by analysts to report earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $14.96 billion.

The estimates excludes a charge of $350 million for plant closings because of a slowdown in Europe.


Starbucks ( SBUX), the coffee seller, is expected by analysts to post a profit of 39 cents a share on revenue of $3.18 billion in its fiscal second quarter.


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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