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Stocks to Watch: LinkedIn, AIG, Duke Energy

Joseph Woelfel

NEW YORK -- LinkedIn , the career Web site, forecast on Thursday second-quarter sales and earnings below analysts' estimates.

The Mountain View, Calif-based Internet company said it expects to post earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization of $77 million to $79 million, short of the estimates of $84.8 million. Sales were also less than expected, as the company forecast revenue for the current quarter between $342 million and $347 million, short of an average estimate of $359.7 million.

For the first quarter, LinkedIn sales rose 72% to $324.7 million, beating an average forecast of $318.2 million as adjusted net income reached $52.4 million, also topping analysts' average forecasts of $36.5 million.

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Insurance giant American International Group said Thursday first-quarter net income was $2.2 billion, or $1.49 a share, down 31% from year-earlier earnings of $3.2 billion, or $1.71 a share. The 2012 results included $3.3 billion in pretax income from investments in funds that were sold or liquidated last year.

Analysts were expecting earnings of 88 cents a share.

AIG's after-tax operating income, which excludes the impact of certain investments and hedging activities, rose 28% in the first quarter to $3.02 billion.

Kraft Foods' first-quarter earnings topped Wall Street expectations. The company earned $456 million, or 76 cents a share, down from $483 million, or 82 cents a share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose 2% to $4.55 billion.

Wall Street was expecting earnings of 63 cents a share on revenue of $4.49 billion.

Barnes & Noble said Friday it is adding Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K., a move that greatly expands the number of apps available from the Nook tablets.

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Madison Square Garden is forecast by analysts to report on Friday fiscal third-quarter earnings of 32 cents a share on revenue of $406 million.

Duke Energy is predicted to post first-quarter profit of $1.04 a share on revenue of $5.69 billion.

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-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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