Edwards Lifesciences, Harbinger, Whirlpool: U.S. Equity Preview

Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in U.S. trading on March 14. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (EW US): The largest maker of artificial heart valves said it bought Embrella Cardiovascular Inc. for $43 million in cash. The company also reaffirmed its earnings forecast for the year.

Harbinger Group Inc. (HRG US): The publicly traded holding company majority-owned by Harbinger Capital Partners LLC reported a fourth-quarter loss of 45 cents a share.

Mine Safety Appliances Co. (MSA US): The maker of worker-safety products said its Enhanced Combat Helmet design failed to meet all testing requirements, according to a notice from the U.S. Marine Corps. The company won’t participate in a contract for about 240,000 helmets.

Whirlpool Corp. (WHR US): The world’s largest appliance maker was given a positive outlook at Standard & Poor’s, meaning the rating company is more inclined to raise its credit rating. S&P said the company should be able to improve credit measures in the next 18 months.