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|Includes: ABT, APA, FDO, FL, Monsanto Company (MON)

 Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) reported earnings per share (NYSEARCA:EPS) for the second quarter were $1.70 compared with the same period last year of $2.16. analysts average $1.73, MON misses by $0.03.

Net sales decreased $145 million, or 4 percent, in the three-month comparison primarily as a result of lower prices for the company's glyphosate-based herbicides. 
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. 
Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO) reported that net income per diluted share increased 35.0% to $0.81 compared with $0.60 last year. analysts average $0.78. FDO beats by $0.03.
Net income for the quarter increased 33.4% to $112.2 million compared with net income of $84.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2009.
Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores for low to lower-middle income consumers in the United States. 
The board of directors of Abbott (NYSE: ABT) increased the company's quarterly common dividend 10 percent to 44 cents per share.
This marks the 38th consecutive year that Abbott has increased its dividend payout and the 345th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924.  The cash dividend is payable May 15, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2010.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company
The Board of Directors of Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) declared regular cash dividends of 15 cents per common share payable on May 21, 2010, to stockholders of record on April 22, 2010.
Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company.
Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.15 per share, which will be payable on April 30, 2010 to shareholders of record on April 16, 2010.  
Foot Locker, Inc. is a specialty athletic retailer that operates 3,500 stores in 21 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. 
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