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, +0.93%  announced a deal on Sunday to buy Ireland-based Covidien PLC US:COV in a $ 42.9 billion cash-and-stock deal.  

Layne Christensen LAYN, -4.76%  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, +0.23%  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, +0.32%  

2. & 3. Ford Motor Co. F, +0.39%  & General Motors Co. GM, -0.51%  

4. Nike Inc. NKE, +1.30%  

5 & 6. Twitter Inc. TWTR, +4.85%  and Facebook Inc. FB, +1.65%  

7. Coca-Cola Co. KO, +0.24%  

8 & 9. McDonald’s Corp. MCD, +1.12%  and Visa Inc. V, +0.88%  

10. 21st Century Fox Inc. FOXA, +0.75%  

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