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Apple to build computers in the U.S.
What's happening with AAPL:
Apple will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the U.S. starting next year. CEO Tim Cook made the comments as part of his recent interview for NBC's "Rock Center". The comments followed a similar track from a Bloomberg Businessweek interview where ha said the company will spend $100 million in 2013 to move production of the line to the U.S. from China. Cook didn't say which line of computers would be produced in the U.S. or where in the country they would be made. But he told Bloomberg that the production would include more than just final assembly. That suggests that machining of cases and printing of circuit boards could take place in the U.S. The news followed Apple's worst stock drop in four years, erasing $35 million in market capitalization.

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Government study could mean boon for U.S. gas exports
What's happening with XOM:
The U.S. has an abundant supply of natural gas. Shipping some of this newly abundant supply overseas would benefit the nation's economy more than keeping it all at home. A long-awaited government study has the potential to reshape the global energy market. The endorsement could turn the tide in a politically sensitive issue. Gas producers are eager to export more, while big consumers including manufacturers and chemical companies are leery that exports could raise domestic prices. Environmental groups, meanwhile, fear that allowing exports would encourage more natural-gas production. The looming prospect of the U.S. becoming a major exporter of natural gas underscores how the energy revolution is transforming the nation's economic prospects. The largest U.S. gas producer, Exxon Mobil, is teaming up with Qatar Petroleum for a facility near Port Arthur, Texas. The partners are proposing to invest $10 billion to turn a gas-import terminal into one that can export.

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Costco rings up earnings Wednesday
What's happening with COST:
Costco Wholesale will be stepping into the earnings spotlight on Wednesday before the market open. Analysts are expecting higher profit from the company with the consensus estimate calling for earnings of 93 cents per share, a rise of 16.25% from the 80 cents per share a year ago. Over the past three months the consensus estimate has risen from 92 cents, but has remained steady over the past month. Revenue is expected to eclipse the prior year's total of $21.63 billion with a reading of $23.48 billion in the current quarter. For the year analysts are looking for earnings of $4.50 per share on revenue of $106.04 billion.

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Garmin set to join S&P 500 index
What's happening with GRMN:
Garmin announced that it will become a component in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Tuesday, December 11. Garmin is replacing R.R. Donnelley, which is moving to the MidCap 400 index. The announcement follows the company's third quarter earnings announcement which showed stronger sales of cars and mobile devices and outdoor gadgets helped boost revenue, and results topped analyst expectations. For the full year, the company said it now expects to earn $2.75 to $2.90 per share, up from its previous estimate of $2.70 to $2.85 per share. Analysts, on average, expect $2.73 per share. The company has now surpassed analyst estimates for four quarters in a row. It beat the mark by 28 cents in the second quarter, by 4 cents in the first quarter, and by 19 cents in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Joy Global earnings will be uncovered Wednesday
What's happening with JOY:
Joy Global will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday before the market open. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.91 per share, a rise of 4.4% from the company's actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.92 but has been unchanged at $1.91 during the last two months. Analysts are projecting annual profit to rise by 20.1% compared to last year's $5.92 per share. The company missed estimates last quarter after falling short in the prior two quarters. On average, analysts predict $1.42 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.49 billion for the year, an increase of 24.7% from last year's revenue of $4.4 billion.

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