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Stocks to Watch: Covidien, Medtronic, are stocks to watch

MADRID (MarketWatch) — Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trading in Monday’s session are Medtronic Inc. and Covidien PLC , as well as Layne Christensen Co.


announced a deal on Sunday to buy Ireland-based Covidien PLC
in a $42.9 billion cash-and-stock deal.  

Layne Christensen
is projected to report a loss of 36 cents a share in the first quarter, according to a consensus survey by FactSet. The company’s water infrastructure segment is expected to show improvement, but its mineral services operations faces another difficult year, analyst Gerard Sweeney at Boenning & Scattergood said in a recent report.

Executive recruiter Korn/Ferry

is forecast to earn 39 cents a share in the fourth quarter.

With the World Cup 2014 under way in Brazil, here are World Cup-related stocks to keep an eye on even if you aren’t a soccer fan. See 10 U.S. stocks to watch during the World Cup.

1. Walt Disney Co.

2. & 3. Ford Motor Co.

& General Motors Co.

4. Nike Inc.

5 & 6. Twitter Inc.

and Facebook Inc.

7. Coca-Cola Co.

8 & 9. McDonald’s Corp.

and Visa Inc.

10. 21st Century Fox Inc.

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