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Good morning. U.S. stock futures are in the negative this morning, ahead of data on weekly jobless claims. The ISM report on service sector activity for January will be also be released later today.

A lot of earnings this mornings, here’s a brief roundup:

  • Merck, Dow Chemical and Visa beat earnings
  • CVS missed analyst expectations
  • Banco Santander’s net profit for 2010 dipped

EARNINGS BEAT: Merck beat street estimates with an EPS of $0.88 for the fourth quarter, above the projected $0.83

SALES INCREASE: Limited Brands reported a 10% increase in comparable sales versus January 2010

EARNINGS BEAT: International Paper beat the street with earnings of $316 million or $0.73 per share

EARNINGS BEAT: Moody's earnings beat expectations with an EPS of $0.58 for the fourth quarter

EARNINGS MISS: CVS missed analyst projections for earnings coming in at $0.75 a share on a fourth quarter profit of $1.03 billion

EARNINGS BEAT: Dow Chemical surpassed street expectations of $0.35 per share with earnings of $0.37 per share

PROFIT DROP: Banco Santander's 2010 net profits dropped 8.5%

EARNINGS BEAT: Cardinal Health beat analysts expectations with EPS of $0.69 on revenue of $25.37 billion

EARNINGS WATCH: MasterCard is expected to report its fourth-quarter EPS at $3.04 on revenue of $1.42 billion

EARNINGS BEAT: Visa beat analyst expectations with EPS of $1.23 on $884 million net income

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