10 Unusual Stocks Attracting Huge Interest This Morning

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U.S. stock futures are up today as investors wait for personal consumption numbers for February and pending home sales to be released.Crude prices are also going to be a big focus today after Libyan rebels took control of major oil-producing towns over the weekend.

Besides P&G and Unilever raising prices in China and AstraZeneca settling a lengthy tax dispute for $1.1 billion there are a bunch of earnings reports on tap for later. Here is a roundup so far:

  • Cal-Maine Foods beat earnings expectations
  • Phillips-Van Heusen and Industrial Services of America are reporting earnings later today

EARNINGS BEAT: Cal-Maine Foods beat expectations with earnings of $1.40 per share.

Closing price: $27.82

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ANALYST UPGRADE: Citi upgraded Freeport-McMoRan from equalweight to overweight.

Closing price: $54.55

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PRODUCT COLLABORATION: Google is working with MasterCard and Citigroup on NFC smartphone payments.

Closing price: $579.74

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EARNINGS WATCH: Progress Software is expected to report earnings of $0.42 per share for the first quarter.

Closing price: $29.52

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PRICE HIKE: Proctor & Gamble and Unilver are raising their prices on detergent and soap in China by 15% next month.

Closing price: $60.88

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EARNINGS WATCH: Analysts expect Phillips-Van Heusen to report earnings of $0.82 per share for Q4 after the closing bell.

Closing price: $60.40

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ANALYST UPGRADE: Goldman Sachs upgraded Alcatel-Lucent to buy from neutral. Shares are up 5% in pre-market trading.

Closing price: $5.34

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EARNINGS WATCH: Analysts expect Concord Medical Services to report earnings of $0.12 per share for Q4.

Closing price: $5.71

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EARNINGS WATCH: Analysts expect Industrial Services of America to post Q4 earnings at $0.29 per share.

Closing price: $10.05

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TAX DISPUTE SETTLEMENT: AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a tax dispute.

Closing price: $46.14

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