Date : 12/16/2010 @ 9:24AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Nuvasive, Inc. (NUVA)
Quote : 52.26  0.18 (0.35%) @ 6:01PM


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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Thursday's session are Regis Corp. (RGS), Transocean Ltd. (RIG) and FedEx Corp. (FDX).

Regis said it would stay the course and remain an independent public company as the struggling haircut-chain company concluded a months-long review of its strategic options. Shares tumbled 8.3% to $16.81 in premarket trading.

The U.S. Justice Department Wednesday filed a civil oil-spill lawsuit against Transocean, which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and BP PLC (BP, BP.LN). Transocean shares fell 7.9% to $16.88 in premarket trading. Anadarko shares fell slightly premarket, down 0.1% to $67.33.

FedEx's fiscal second-quarter profit dropped 18% on charges as revenue rose, boosted by higher volume and shipping rates, but fell short of analysts' expectations. Shares were down 2% at $90.55 in premarket trading as the company's core profit also failed to impress, coming in near the bottom of the company's expected range. Rival United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) slipped 0.9% to $72.25 in premarket trading.

Neuralstem Inc. (CUR) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its application to initiate a Phase Ia safety trial to test NSI-189, a drug to treat major depression. Shares gained 6% to $2.30 in premarket trading.

General Mills Inc. (GIS) fiscal second-quarter profit rose 8.6% on fewer restructuring charges and a tax benefit, but sales were stung by more promotions and margins fell from year-earlier levels on higher commodity costs. Shares slipped 0.3% to $36.29 premarket as the company's adjusted earnings and sales both fell short of analysts' estimates, underscoring the challenges food makers face as consumers remain frugal.

Rite Aid Corp.'s (RAD) fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed amid fewer charges as the drugstore chain saw revenue decline due to a slower start to the cold and flu season. With expectations for same-stores sales to be weaker than expected in the current quarter, Rite Aid projected a wider full-year loss and cut the high end of its sales guidance. Shares fell 2.4% to $0.89 in premarket trading.

JP Morgan raised its stock investment rating on Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) to overweight from neutral saying continued strong operating momentum out of Macau is underappreciated at current share price levels. Shares gained 2.8% to $103.55 in premarket trading.

SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SCLN) said its treatment for hepatitis C didn't reduce the severity of viral infection to a target point in a midstage study, and the company plans to stop investigating it for chronic forms of the disease. The results show the drug was safe and well-tolerated and reduced viral intensity somewhat, but shares slipped 7.3% to $3.70 premarket on light volume.

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ABM Industries Inc.'s (ABM) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings jumped 45%, with adjusted profit matching analysts' estimates, as the company's sales increased and it cut overhead costs.

AAR Corp.'s (AIR) fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 26% in results that trumped analysts expectations, as the aircraft leasing and maintenance company's sales of government and defense services surged.

AutoZone Inc. (AZO) said Wednesday its board added $500 million more to its share-buyback program, which represents about 4.3% of the company's current market value.

Diversified tool manufacturer Danaher Corp. (DHR) raised its fourth-quarter earnings view, pointing to margin expansion, growing exposure to emerging markets and new products.

Aircraft parts and electronics equipment maker Heico Corp.'s (HEI, HEIA) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings climbed 34% in results that bested analysts' estimates on sales and margin improvement.

Herman Miller Inc.'s (MLHR) fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 86%, with adjusted results topping analysts' estimates, as the office-furniture maker's sales again improved.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP) said it will invest as much as $150 million in Watco Cos. in exchange for an equity position in the private short-line railroad operator.

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND) said it expects fourth-quarter earnings to come in at the high end of its previous range, and projected results for next year that mostly top Street estimates.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) on Wednesday agreed to purchase FTEN Inc., a developer of trading technology services aimed at electronic trading firms.

Nordson Corp. (NDSN) swung to a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that beat company expectations, as sales rose and the company bounced back from a year-earlier quarter marred by $243 million of write-downs. The company, which makes specialized equipment to precisely apply adhesives, sealants and coatings, also forecast current-quarter earnings above analysts' expectations.

Orthopedic-device maker Orthofix International NV (OFIX) on Wednesday reduced its estimates end-of-year results on slowing spinal-stimulation business and charges from an internal reorganization that includes unspecified layoffs and a patent-suit settlement with NuVasive Inc. (NUVA).

Scholastic Corp. (SCHL) boosted its quarterly dividend by one-third, the latest company making similar moves amid better economic prospects.

-By Dow Jones Newswires; write to


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