Tony Wible, Janney Capital Markets, dissects Disney's stellar first quarter numbers, and provides an outlook on its parks, movies and cable networks.
Chris Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi, said the company is looking forward to a "very good year" in 2014.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday said fourth quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare and forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014..
Feb 6- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc reported a 23 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by higher growth in sales at its Dunkin' Donuts coffee and sandwich outlets. The company's net income rose to $42.1 million, or 39 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 28 from $34.3 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.
*Q4 sales $6.84 bln vs consensus $6.88 bln. *Q4 core earnings per share $1.23 vs consensus $1.16. LONDON, Feb 6- AstraZeneca expects earnings to keep falling in 2014 as generic competition to its popular heartburn and ulcer drug Nexium takes a big bite out of U.S. profits from late May.
Bruno del Ama, CEO at Global X Funds, says Twitter's results were "incredible" on a purely financial standpoint but that the deceleration in user growth and engagement is "a bit of a problem."
Ranjith Gopinathan, program manager for Europe's Healthcare Practice at Frost & Sullivan, comments on GSK's results and says that "it's only going to improve" going forward.
*Lifts proposed dividend to 2.25 euros from 2.20 euros. STUTTGART, Germany, Feb 6- Daimler forecast a jump in profit this year at its main luxury car division after strong sales of new models such as the S-Class limousine in the United States and China helped it to beat quarterly earnings forecasts.
Dieter Zetsche, chairman at Daimler, comments on the group's earnings and says sales and profit should "grow significantly" in 2014 due to product launches and improved margins.
Henrik Ramlau-Hansen, CFO at Danske Bank, says the bank is at a "turning point" as it starts to pay dividends again but highlights that it needs to do more "on the cost line to stay competitive."
LONDON, Feb 6- European equities climbed higher in cautious trading ahead of rate decisions by central banks on Thursday, with reassuring earnings results from major companies such as Alcatel-Lucent and AkzoNobel boosting their shares.
STOCKHOLM, Feb 6- World No.2 truck maker Volvo will increase its job cuts to 4,400, more than double its original plan, after currency effects and the cost of launching new models muted a rise in quarterly earnings.
ZURICH, Feb 6- Credit Suisse missed expectations with a marginal uptick in fourth-quarter net profit on Thursday after increased legal costs arising from U.S. probes into alleged tax evasion and the sale of mortgage-backed bonds.
*Q4 core earnings per share $1.23 vs $1.16. LONDON, Feb 6- AstraZeneca expects earnings to continue to fall in 2014 as generic competition to its popular heartburn and ulcer drug Nexium takes a big bite out of U.S. profits from May. Shares in AstraZeneca fell 1 percent in early trading.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel Lucent, says the company's restructuring plans are on track.
LONDON, Feb 6- AstraZeneca expects earnings to continue to fall in 2014 as generic competition to its popular heartburn and ulcer drug Nexium takes a big bite out of U.S. profits from May. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 fell 6 percent to $6.84 billion, generating "core" earnings, which exclude certain items, down 28 percent at $1.23 a share.
Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, says there is "fragile stabilization" in the European economy but any "disturbance" could set the continent back.
Andrew Horton, CEO of Beazley, says the lack of natural disasters in 2013 has helped the company.
STOCKHOLM, Feb 6- World No.2 truck maker Volvo has more than doubled the number of jobs it is cutting in a drive to improve profitability to 4,400, after currency headwinds and costs for launching new models curbed a rise in quarterly earnings.
Vodafone, one of the world's biggest telecoms companies, suffered a 4.8 percent hit to organic service revenue after poorer European performance.