Stocks to Watch: Alcoa, Yum! Brands

NEW YORK -- Alcoa ( AA), the first component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to report each quarter, is expected by analysts after Tuesday's closing bell to post third-quarter earnings at breakeven on a per-share basis.

Revenue for the aluminum maker is expected at $5.57 billion.


Yum! Brands ( YUM), the owner of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, is expected by analysts to post quarterly earnings of 97 cents a share on revenue of $3.66 billion.


Edwards Lifesciences ( EW), the heart valve maker, provided a weak outlook for the third quarter on Monday, citing the impact of austerity measures in Europe and other factors.

The company expects sales of $448 million in the September-ended quarter, below its previous targeted range of between $465 million to $485 million. Wall Street's consensus estimate is for revenue of $476.6 million in the quarter.

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AngioDynamics ( ANGO) posted a fiscal first-quarter loss on Monday of 2 cents a share; analysts had expected the medical instruments maker to post earnings of 9 cents a share.

AngioDynamics also announced plans to buy Vortex Medical for $15 million.


Principal Financial ( PFG), the insurance company, announced Monday it agreed to buy Chile's AFP Cuprum, a pension company, for $1.5 billion.

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