Date : 10/19/2011 @ 9:25AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : (ALU)
Quote : 3.46  0.0 (0.00%) @ 2:05AM


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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Wednesday's session are Apple Inc. (AAPL), Intel Corp. (INTC) and Abbott Laboratories (ABT).

Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings surged 54% but missed expectations as sales of the company's signature smartphone fell short of many projections. The company's shares fell 5.2% in premarket trading to $400.19.

Intel's third-quarter profit rose a bigger-than-expected 17% as strong sales of its notebook computer chips drove earnings. Shares rose 3.5% to $24.24 premarket, as the company predicted an upbeat fourth-quarter revenue.

Abbott Laboratories climbed 8% to $56.65 premarket as it said it plans to split into two publicly traded companies, separating its medical products and research-based pharmaceuticals operations, as it disclosed third-quarter earnings dropped 66% on restructuring charges. Results still beat expectations.

Yahoo Inc.'s (YHOO) third-quarter earnings fell 26% as continued revenue declines outpaced cost reductions. Shares in the Internet company were up 2.6% at $15.87 premarket as the bottom line beat analysts' expectations for a deeper drop.

Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s (ISRG) third-quarter earnings rose 41% as the surgical-robot maker's sales climbed, driven by continued adoption of robotic procedures and sales of its da Vinci surgery systems. Shares were up 8% at $413.50 in recent premarket trading as the results handily topped estimates.

Morgan Stanley's (MS) profit surged in the third quarter, easily topping a challenged year-earlier period and advancing recent strides made against rival investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS). Still, shares slipped 1.1% to $16.45 premarket.

Cree Inc.'s (CREE) fiscal first-quarter profit fell 78% as higher sales costs and stagnant sales weakened the electronic-components maker's margins. Shares fell 4.6% to $26.50 premarket as the company also forecast a downbeat second-quarter profit.

Juniper Networks Inc.'s (JNPR) third-quarter earnings fell 38% as the network-equipment maker booked a larger restructuring-related charge and margins fell despite sales growth. Shares slipped 2.3% to $20.91 premarket.

Oddo Securities downgraded its stock-investment rating on Alcatel-Lucent (ALU, ALU.FR) to neutral from buy after U.S. peer Juniper Networks and Sony-Ericsson pointed to increasingly challenging market conditions in Europe. Alcatel-Lucent's shares fell 6.5% to $2.75 premarket.

ON Semiconductor Corp. (ONNN) said its Sanyo chip facility in Thailand won't restart for an indefinite period of time, as recent flooding is expected to hurt earnings and production for at least three quarters. Shares fell 7% to $7.50 in light premarket trading.

Checkpoint Systems Inc. (CKP) shares tumbled 24% premarket after the retail systems management company indicated its fiscal third-quarter and full-year results would fall short of expectations, and announced a restructuring plan that will impact over 1000 employees.

Powerwave Technologies Inc. (PWAV) predicted revenue would fall by about half in the latest quarter, as the company, which makes amplifiers used in wireless communications networks, said revenue for its fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 2 would range from $75 million to $79 million, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had been expecting $169 million. Shares tumbled 41% to 86 cents in premarket trading.

Hawaiian Holdings Inc.'s (HA) third-quarter earnings fell a smaller-than-expected 16% as the passenger airline saw the return of traffic to Japan. Shares were up 8.7% at $5.35 in light premarket trading.

Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM) said early Wednesday it's suspending mining operations and gold production immediately at its Goldex mine in Quebec due to mine infrastructure issues. The Toronto-based gold producer will record a third-quarter charge of about $170 million or $1 a share to write off its investment in the mine. Shares tumbled 13% to $49.50 premarket.

Apollo Group Inc.'s (APOL) shares added 4.8% to $45.41 premarket as its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings quadrupled on fewer charges, but revenue declined as the for-profit education company continued to see a drop in enrollment.

The chairman and chief executive of USA Technologies Inc. (USAT) resigned as expected last Friday after a company investigation accused him of leaving hundreds of comments about the company on an online message board. Shares climbed 22% to $1.40 in light premarket trading.

United Rentals Inc.'s (URI) third-quarter profit nearly tripled as equipment-rental revenue and rental rates surged, helping results to easily top expectations. Shares added 8.2% to $22.78 premarket.

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Bank of New York Mellon Corp.'s (BK) third-quarter profit improved 8.7% as the trust bank recorded higher fee revenue and net long-term asset inflows from a year earlier.

BlackRock Inc.'s (BLK) third-quarter profit rose 8%, aided by a large tax benefit, but the money manager saw assets under management shrink 8.6% from the second quarter.

Comerica Inc.'s (CMA) third-quarter earnings rose 66% after an acquisition helped add $2 billion of loans to the financial-services company's portfolio.

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) said Tuesday that Michael W. Laphen is retiring from his post as chairman, chief executive and president, and a search for a successor has begun.

CSX Corp.'s (CSX) third-quarter earnings increased 12% as the railroad company posted double-digit percentage revenue growth but saw volumes rise only slightly.

Clinical stage biopharmaceutical company Cytokinetics Inc. (CYTK) said it will cut its work force to 83 people and narrow its resources to focus on the development of its treatments for heart failure and muscular dysfunction.

E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DD) filed a patent-infringement suit against Monsanto Co. (MON). In a brief statement, Dupont alleged Monsanto violated its patent for a seed production technique, one that "increases seed corn vigor to improve germination under stress."

Infinera Corp. (INFN) swung to a third-quarter loss as the communications-gear maker reported sharply lower revenue and margins.

JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) said Chief Financial Officer Ed Barnes has resigned effective immediately and an interim financial chief has been named as the company searches for a permanent replacement.

M&T Bank Corp.'s (MTB) third-quarter earnings fell 4.6% on merger-related charges as the regional bank continued to reduce the amount of loans written off.

Piper Jaffray Cos. (PJC) swung to a surprise third-quarter loss as the investment bank struggled within a diminished capital markets environment.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.'s (PNC) third-quarter profit slipped 25% absent a big year-earlier acquisition gain, though revenue also dropped slightly as both noninterest and net interest income dipped from a year earlier.

RLI Corp.'s (RLI) third-quarter profit declined 6.8% as the property-and-casualty insurer earned less from investments, though its core performance improved on higher underwriting income.

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (ST) swung to third-quarter profit as the maker of sensors and controls booked a much smaller currency loss and saw revenue climb.

Sonic Corp.'s (SONC) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled, absent a year-earlier impairment charge, as the drive-in restaurant chain saw its sales decline again.

Sonoco Products Co.'s (SON) third-quarter earnings rose 31% as higher selling prices helped boost the packaging company's revenue, but the company again lowered its per-share earnings forecast.

Textron Inc. (TXT) swung to third-quarter profit absent prior-year charges as the conglomerate reported strong performances at its Cessna and Bell businesses.

United Technologies Corp.'s (UTX) third-quarter earnings rose 11% as the conglomerate reported sales growth across its businesses.

Werner Enterprises Inc.'s (WERN) third-quarter profit climbed 22% as the trucking company again saw double-digit percentage revenue growth and expanded margins, though fuel prices rose.

-Edited by Corrie Driebusch and Caitlin Nish; write to and

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