Oracle ( ORCL) is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter results after Thursday's closing bell and analysts expect the software maker to post a profit of 53 cents a share in the August-ended period on revenue of $8.42 billion. The stock has risen more than 25% in 2012.
Adobe Systems ( ADBE), the publishing and design software developer, posted an in-line profit Wednesday for its fiscal third quarter but revenue of $1.081 billion was below the consensus view of $1.103 billion. For its fourth quarter ending in November, Adobe forecast non-GAAP earnings of 53 cents to 58 cents a share, far short of the average analysts' view for a profit of 67 cents a share. Adobe's Revenue Trails Estimates, Hurt by 'Cloud' Model
Nike ( NKE) , the sporting goods maker, announced Wednesday an $8 billion, four-year program to buy back shares of its class B common stock.
Bed, Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), the home products retailer, missed Wall Street's second-quarter earnings expectations in its report issued Wednesday.
Earnings reports expected Thursday are CarMax ( KMX), ConAgra Foods ( CAG), Jefferies ( JEF) and Rite Aid ( RAD).
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