Early Movers: MHP, ENB, COO & More
Take a look at some of Friday's early movers ahead of the market open:
McGraw-Hill - McGraw-Hill has joined the parade of companies declaring special dividends. It will pay $2.50 per share on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 18. Other special dividends this morning include Tree.com, American Financial Group, and Universal Health. In addition, the board of hospital operator HCA has approved a previously announced special dividend.
Enbridge - Enbridge has increased its quarterly dividend by 12 percent to 31 1/2 cents per share. The pipeline operator has also announced 2013 earnings per share (EPS) guidance of$1.74 to $1.90 per share, above estimates of $1.64 a share.
Cooper Cos. - Cooper earned $1.47 per share, excluding certain items, for its latest quarter, below estimates of $1.55 a share. Revenue for the maker of contact lenses and medical instruments also was slightly below consensus, although its profits were up 27 percent from a year earlier.
Cablevision - The cable operator is increasing the price of its high speed Internet service by $5 per month in 2013 in what it says is its first increase in a decade.
Washington Post Co. - The media giant is planning to institute a paywall in 2013, according to The Wall Street Journal, after resisting such a move for the past few years. The Journal says it's likely to be a metered paywall, providing casual readers with a limited number of free stories each month.
Palo Alto Networks - Palo Alto reported quarterly earnings of $0.04 per share, excluding certain items, one cent above estimates, with revenue also above forecasts. However, gross margins shrunk and operating expenses soared by 83 percent for the maker of computer network security products.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide - The company has increased its quarterly dividend by two cents to $0.35 per share. The company is a provider of transportation services around the world.
Netflix - The video rental service has received a Wells Notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, with the agency investigating whether a Facebook posting by CEO Reed Hastings violated the agency's Regulation FD. The posting mentioned Netflix monthly viewing had exceeded a billion hours for the first time.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia - The company is shutting down its Whole Living magazine after attempts to sell it failed. The contents of the magazine, which focuses on healthy eating, will be folded into the flagship Martha Stewart Living publication.
Linear Technology - Linear has raised its quarterly dividend by one cent to $0.26 per share, marking the 21st-consecutive year that the maker of integrated circuits has raised its dividend. The company also is accelerating the latest payout into December, ahead of anticipated higher tax rates.
McDonald's - The restaurant chain's shares have been upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" at Janney Capital.
Fiserv - Jefferies has initiated coverage on the provider of financial services technology solutions with a "buy" rating, noting an increased market share of Internet banking and bill paying, as well as being able to exploit the consumer shift to mobile banking.
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—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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