Stocks to Watch: Groupon, Ingersoll-Rand

NEW YORK -- Groupon ( GRPN) is expected by analysts Monday to post second-quarter adjusted earnings of 3 cents a share on revenue of $578 million.

In the first quarter, the daily deals site posted a profit of 2 cents a share on revenue of $559.3 million.

Shares of Groupon have declined more than 60% since its IPO in November was priced at $20.

Activist investor Nelson Peltz will join the board of Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) as he pushes to improve profitability at the industrial conglomerate, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Peltz's Trian Management LP fund took a roughly 7% stake in the company in May. The company is expected to announce Peltz's appointment to the board on Monday, the people told the newspaper.

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Julius Baer , the Swiss private bank, said Monday it would acquire Merrill Lynch's wealth-management business outside the U.S. and Japan from Bank of America ( BAC) for $880 million.

Motorola Mobility, which Google ( GOOG) bought in May, told employees Sunday it plans to cut 20% of its work force and close nearly a third of its 94 offices worldwide, The New York Times reported.

Sysco ( SYY) is expected Monday to report fourth-quarter earnings of 54 cents a share on sales of $11.04 billion.

Barnes & Noble ( BKS) is reducing by $20 the price for its less-expensive model Nook tablet, undercutting by that amount the rival Kindle Fire sold by ( AMZN).

Barnes & Noble Cuts Nook Prices

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