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News Corp. says yes to acquisitions
What's happening with NWSA:
News Corp. has agreed to purchase 49 percent of the YES Network in a deal which values the pay-TV outlet at around $3 billion. YES Network's key asset is the right to broadcast New York Yankees games, considered more valuable than any baseball team in the U.S. The sellers include Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Providence Equity Partners. The deal provides a path for News Corp. to raise its stake in the network to 80% with the New York Yankees baseball team owner Yankee Global Enterprises retaining minority stake. In other acquisition news for News Corp., which owns HarperCollins Publishers, has expressed interest to CBS Corp.( CBS) about acquiring its Simon & Schuster book business.

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Earnings at Tiffany & Co. on Thursday
What's happening with TIF:
Tiffany & Co. (TIF) will unveil its third quarter results on Thursday before the market open. Analysts will be looking for earnings of 63 cents per share, a 10% decrease from the actual earnings of 70 cents per share reported in the previous year's third quarter. The average estimate has moved down from 66 cents per share three months ago to 64 cents two months ago. Between one and two months ago, the average estimate was unchanged at 63 cents per share. It also has not changed during the last month. Revenue for the quarter is expected to come in at $857.47 million, a small increase from the $821.77 million reported in the same quarter of last year. For the year earnings are expected to come in at $3.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.

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Lennar gets boost from housing data
What's happening with LEN:
U.S. home building rose in October to its highest rate in more than four years lifting Lennar and other home builders. Housing starts increased 3.6% from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 894,000, according to a Commerce Department report. Compared with a year earlier, new-home construction was up 41.9% hitting its highest rate since July 2008, before the financial crisis crushed the housing market. The Commerce Department said superstorm Sandy did not have a major impact on the data because the storm hit only a small part of the country and at the end of the month.

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Green Mountain Coffee names new CEO ahead of earnings
What's happening with GMCR:
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters named Coca-Cola Co.'s (KO) Brian Kelley as chief executive officer to succeed Lawrence J. Blanford, who is retiring. Blanford, who said in February he planned to retire, helped the board identify a successor. The announcement came a week ahead of the company's latest earnings report which will be released Tuesday after the market close. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 47 cents per share which represents a flat comparison to the actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. On average, analysts predict $902.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 26.7% from the year-ago quarter. For the year analysts are projecting profit to rise by 36.6% on a 43.8% rise in revenue with a reading of $2.24 per share on revenue of $3.81 billion.

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Ann Inc. dressing up for earnings
What's happening with ANN: Ann Inc. will step out of the earnings dressing room before the market open on Wednesday. Analysts estimates for the quarter range from a high of earning 79 cents per share to a low of earning 70 cents per share. The consensus estimate comes in at earnings of 74 cents per share, a 21.3% increase from the actual earnings reported in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue for the quarter is expected to come in at $606.11 million, up 7.5% from the $564 million in revenue reported in the previous year's third quarter. For the year analysts  will be looking for per share earnings of $2.22 on revenue of $2.39 billion.

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