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.

Medtronic












MDT, +0.61%










 announced a deal on Sunday to buy Ireland-based Covidien PLC












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in a $42.9 billion cash-and-stock deal.  

Layne Christensen












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 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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