Stocks in the news: Toll Bros., Dell, Harley-Davidson


Some companies making headlines today:

Luxury home-builder Toll Brothers (TOL)reported Thursday morning a much larger quarterly loss of $472.3 million, or $2.93 a share, compared to a loss of $29.3 million, or 18 cents a share, a year ago. Slow sales took a toll on the company's revenues, which fell 42 percent to $461.3 million. But the company said it sees signs of stabilization in the housing market. The company is scheduled to discuss its fiscal third-quarter results in a conference call at 2 p.m. ET.

PC-maker Dell Inc. (DELL) is expected to report lower earnings Thursday, as computer buyers continue to gravitate to low-cost netbooks, which are essentially pared-down versions of laptops. Analysts expect Dell to report it earned 22 cents a share compared to 33 cents a share a year ago. Revenue is expected to have declined 23 percent to $12.6 billion.