Stocks to Watch: Google, Verizon, Microsoft (Update 1)

NEW YORK -- Google ( GOOG), the Internet search giant, is slated to report its third-quarter results after the closing bell Thursday, and the average estimate of analysts calls for a profit of $10.65 a share on revenue of $11.86 billion.

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Dow component Verizon ( VZ) posted quarterly profit of $1.59 billion, or 56 cents a share, compared with $1.37 billion, or 49 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue came in at $29 billion, up from $27.91 billion last year.

Excluding items, Verizon posted earnings of 64 cents a share.

Analysts were calling for earnings of 64 cents a share in the September-ended period on revenue of $29 billion.

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Travelers Cos. ( TRV), the insurance and financial services giant, is expected Thursday by analysts to post quarterly profit of $1.61 a share on revenue of $5.79 billion.

Microsoft ( MSFT) is issuing its quarterly report after the close and analysts are looking for fiscal first-quarter profit of 56 cents a share on revenue of $16.42 billion from the software giant.

Morgan Stanley ( MS) is expected by analysts Thursday to report third-quarter earnings of 24 cents a share on revenue of $6.36 billion.

The earnings schedule Thursday also includes BB&T ( BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), Nokia ( NOK), Union Pacific ( UNP), Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD), Capital One Financial ( COF), Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), E*Trade ( ETFC) and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN).

EBay ( EBAY), the online auctioneer, missed on the top line in its latest quarter and gave a fourth-quarter outlook Wednesday that includes a fair amount of downside to the consensus.

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Mellanox Technologies ( MLNX) gave weak revenue guidance on Wednesday, saying it expects revenue between $145 and $150 million, well below the consensus estimate of $157 million.

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-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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