Stocks to Watch: Covidien, Medtronic, 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, -3.55%

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

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US:COV

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

Layne Christensen

US:LAYN

 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, +0.30%

 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, -0.66%

 

2. & 3. Ford Motor Co.

F, +2.21%

 & General Motors Co.

GM, -0.20%

 

4. Nike Inc.

NKE, -2.97%

 

5 & 6. Twitter Inc.

TWTR, -5.02%

 and Facebook Inc.

FB, -5.72%

 

7. Coca-Cola Co.

KO, +0.68%

 

8 & 9. McDonald’s Corp.

MCD, -0.46%

 and Visa Inc.

V, -3.87%

 

10. 21st Century Fox Inc.

FOXA, +1.56%

 

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