Earnings Outlook: CBS earnings: Will Les Moonves and company be pushed into Viacom merger?

CBS Corp. is set to report earnings for the third quarter after the bell on Thursday as pressure to merge with Viacom Inc. continues from controlling interest in the Redstone family.

Here’s what investors can expect:

Earnings: CBS CBS, -1.40% is expected to report per-share earnings of 98 cents, according to analysts tracked by FactSet. That would be more than an 11% climb from the 88 cents CBS reported during the same quarter a year ago. In its most recent second quarter, CBS reported earnings of 93 cents per share, which was above FactSet expectations. The company has beat or matched the FactSet consensus in every quarter dating back to the 2012 fourth quarter.

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