Covidien, Medtronic, Layne Christensen, are stocks to watch

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Disney is among the stocks worth watching because of its ties to soccer’s World Cup.

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.


MDT, +0.61%

 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

KFY, -0.72%

 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.

DIS, -0.09%


2. & 3. Ford Motor Co.

F, -0.68%

 & General Motors Co.

GM, -0.99%


4. Nike Inc.

NKE, -0.27%


5 & 6. Twitter Inc.

TWTR, +1.69%

 and Facebook Inc.

FB, +0.52%


7. Coca-Cola Co.

KO, +0.33%


8 & 9. McDonald’s Corp.

MCD, -0.40%

 and Visa Inc.

V, +0.44%


10. 21st Century Fox Inc.

FOXA, -0.47%


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