VeriFone Systems Inc., EMC Corp.’s RSA and Ingenico are poised for a gain in sales as U.S. retailers turn to makers of payment terminals and security software for help shoring up their anti-hacking defenses.
Expedia Inc.’s higher-than-estimated earnings yesterday capped a week of mixed results that left the ratio of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index profits beating analysts’ predictions this reporting season at 76 percent.
General Motors Co. and Aetna Inc. posted earnings that fell short of analysts’ estimates today, reducing the ratio of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index profits that beat predictions this reporting season to 76 percent.
Corporate directors, who for years often dismissed activist investors as quick-profit seeking gadflys, are starting to listen when opinionated shareholders like Carl Icahn, Nelson Peltz and Mason Morfit come calling.
Amazon.com Inc., Mattel Inc. and MasterCard Inc. posted fourth-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates, trimming the ratio of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index earnings that have exceeded projections this reporting season to 79 percent.