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Comcast — The NBCUniversal parent reported quarterly profit of 53 cents per share, nine cents above estimates, with revenue also exceeding Wall Street forecasts. The company said it saw exceptionally strong film performance, as well as revenue growth in its high-speed internet and business services units. It also registered growth in the theme park business.

Southwest Airlines — The airline fell two cents short of estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 61 cents per share, while revenue was also below forecasts. Southwest did say it was pleased with the quarter, considering higher fuel prices and the current passenger revenue yield environment.

Ford — The automaker earned 39 cents per share for the first quarter, four cents above estimates, and revenue scored a beat as well. Ford did see lower profit compared to a year earlier, on higher costs, lower volume, and unfavorable exchange rates.

Dow Chemical — The chemical maker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.04 per share, falling 12 cents short of estimates, though revenue did beat forecasts. Dow did say that leading indicators point to improved performance going forward.

Raytheon — The defense contractor earned an adjusted $1.73 per share for the first quarter, 12 cents above estimates. Revenue was above Street predictions, and Raytheon also raised its full-year forecast. Its results have been boosted by strong electronic warfare system and Tomahawk cruise...