Stocks to Watch: Google, GE, McDonald's

NEW YORK -- Google ( GOOG) surprised the markets with the early release of its earnings Thursday and then disappointed investors by missing both Wall Street's top- and bottom-line estimates.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company earned $9.03 a share on revenue of $11.33 billion during the third quarter. Analysts were looking for earnings of $10.65 a share and sales of $11.862 billion.

Google shares fell 8% during Thursday's regular session to $695.

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General Electric ( GE) is expected to report its third-quarter results before the opening bell Friday and analysts expect the industrial conglomerate to post earnings of 36 cents a share in the September-ended period on revenue of $36.94 billion.

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McDonald's ( MCD), the fast-food giant, also reports Friday morning and Wall Street is looking for a quarterly profit of $1.47 a share on revenue of $7.15 billion.

Reports are also expected Friday from the likes of Baker Hughes ( BHI), First Horizon National ( FHN), First Niagara Financial ( FNFG), Honeywell ( HON), Ingersoll-Rand ( IR), and RadioShack ( RSH).

Microsoft ( MSFT), the software giant, reported a year-over-year decline in operating income for its fiscal first quarter, citing slow PC demand ahead of its Windows 8 launch. Quarterly profit fell 22%, the company said Thursday.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), the restaurant operator, reported Thursday below-consensus third-quarter results and said it sees flat to low single-digit same-store sales in 2013.

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD) reported a deep third-quarter loss on Thursday, said it plans to cut 15% of its work force, and forecast a sequential decrease in revenue of 9% or so for the fourth quarter.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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