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Each of these companies reports their quarterly earnings later this week. Travelers and Verizon will report tomorrow, whereas Procter & Gamble will be reporting on Friday.
Travelers is coming off a difficult 2011 for property and casualty insurance. Losses pushed its combined ratio up to 104.5% in its third quarter, meaning it paid out more in claims than it earned in premiums. But barring any major disasters, it's expected to report much better earnings tomorrow -- $1.46 per share versus $0.80 in the previous quarter, or $1.98 in the previous year's fourth quarter.
For Procter & Gamble, the consensus earnings estimate among the dart-throwers is for $1.13 per share, down slightly from $1.12 in last year's quarter. But not all's wrong with the consumer products stalwart, despite an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus cutting its earnings estimate today; investors will want to keep an eye on how P&G's fast-growing international operations are coming along. In the last year alone, they've increased nearly 7% to $52.1 billion.
Verizon is expected to report earnings of $0.49 per share tomorrow, versus $0.52 in last year's quarter. Eager investors will also finally find out how many iPhone subscribers Verizon added since the launch of Apple's
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