HUBBELL INC. CL 'B'
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Electrical product manufacturer Amphenol (NYSE: APH) is scheduled to release fourth-quarter results on January 17th. Earnings per share has exceeded analyst consensus estimates in each of the last four quarters, including a record showing of $0.90 for the September period. Expectations are that it will match that figure when it reports profits this week. Shareholders appear optimistic, with the shares having attained a 52-week apex recently.
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The management at US industrial components manufacturer Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) has decided to do a complete makeover of the company, moving it away from its roots in the auto parts industry. To help effect this change, it recently launched a $12.6 billion offer for Cooper Industries PLC (NYSE: CBE). Cooper is a leader in the electrical equipment sector and had been the center of a lot of takeover more »