eBay Net Rises

McDoanld's, Coca-Cola report higher profits; Take-Two game slapped with Adults Only rating; plus more of Thursday's stocks in the news

eBay (EBAY ) posted second quarter earnings per share (GAAP basis) of 21 cents, vs. 14 cents, on a 40% revenue rise. The online auction site sees 2005 EPS (GAAP) of 77 cents to 78 cents on revenue of $4.34 billion to $4.41 billion. S&P keeps its hold recommendation and raises its target price.

McDonalds's (MCD ) posted second quarter EPS of 51 cents (excluding 9 cents incremental tax expense), vs. 47 cents, on a 2.8% global same-store sales rise and an 8% total sales rise.

Coca-Cola Co. (KO ) posted second quarter EPS of 72 cents (including items), vs. 65 cents, on a 7% revenue rise and 5% higher worldwide unit case volume growth.

Office Depot (ODP ) posted second quarter EPS of 31 cents, vs. 25 cents, on a 6% sales rise. S&P raised its estimates but reiterated its sell opinion.

Ingersoll-Rand (IR ) reported second quarter EPS of $1.67, vs. $1.63, on a 13% revenue rise. The company raised its $5.55 to $5.75 2005 EPS guidance to $5.75 to $5.90. S&P maintains strong buy.

Eli Lilly (LLY ) posted second quarter EPS from operations of 67 cents, vs. 63 cents, on a 3% sales rise.

Verisign (VRSN ) posted second quarter EPS of 15 cents, vs. 9 cents (GAAP basis), on a 74% rise in revenue. The company cited global services growth and healthy cash flow. Banc of America and Piper Jaffray cut targets. S&P upgrades to buy from hold.

Take-Two Interactive (TTWO ) says the Entertainment Software Rating Board changed the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on all platforms from "Mature 17+" to "Adults Only 18+". Best Buy BBY says it will remove this game from all North American stores.

United Parcel Service (UPS ) posted second quarter EPS of 88 cents, vs. 72 cents, on 15% higher revenues. The company sees third quarter EPS of 81 cents to 87 cents. It sees an EPS increase of 18% to 20% for 2005.

Caterpillar (CAT ) posted second quarter EPS of $1.08, vs. 80 cents, on a 23% revenue rise. The company expects 2005 revenue growth to be up 18% to 20%, with EPS in the range of $4.00 to $4.20.

SBC Communications (SBC ) posted second quarter EPS (before charge) of 38 cents on a 1.3% revenue rise. S&P maintains hold.

New York Times (NYT ) posted second quarter EPS of 42 cents, vs. 50 cents, as higher total costs offset a 2.6% rise in total revenue.

Qualcomm (QCOM ) posted third quarter EPS of 33 cents, vs. 29 cents, on a slight revenue rise. It raised its fiscal 2005 EPS (pro forma) guidance to $1.13 to $1.15 from $1.10 to $1.14 on revenue of $5.55 billion to $5.65 billion. S&P reiterates buy.

Nokia (NOK ) posted lower-than-expected second quarter net profit of €799M vs. €695M on a 25% revenue rise. It sees third-quarter sales of €7.9 billion to €8.2 billion.

Allstate (ALL ) posted second quarter operating EPS of $1.66, vs. $1.47, on a 5.9% revenue rise.

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