Date : 01/19/2012 @ 11:28AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Southwest Airlines Company (LUV)
Quote : 65.47  0.0 (0.00%) @ 4:25AM


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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Thursday's session are Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI).

Bank of America swung to the black in the fourth quarter as the bank took a lighter hit from mortgage-related issues and gained from its push to sell assets. Shares were up 5.9% to $7.20 in recent premarket trading as revenue exceeded analyst expectations.

Morgan Stanley swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the bank booked a hefty loss related to the settlement of a long-running legal clash and weaker performance in its institutional-securities business. Shares climbed 4.9% to $18.20 premarket as the results still came in ahead of analysts' expectations.

Johnson Controls' fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 9.3% on continued strength in the battery maker's automotive unit, though the company lowered its full-year guidance amid a temporary plant shutdown in China. Shares were down 4.6% at $33.95 premarket.

Knight Capital Group Inc.'s (KCG) fourth-quarter earnings surged as the company's market making business continued to post sharply higher earnings amid a jump in trading activity. Shares jumped 6.2% to $12.58 premarket as the results easily topped Wall Street estimates.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s (UNH) fourth-quarter profit rose a stronger-than-expected 21% as the health insurer booked a large jump in revenue at its Optum business and increased enrollments. Shares climbed 0.6% to $54.27 in recent premarket trading.

F5 Networks Inc.'s (FFIV) fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 19% as the Internet traffic service provider reported year-over-year sales gains. Shares rose 8.8% to $118 in premarket trading since the results topped the company's expectations and it issued an upbeat forecast for the current quarter.

EBay Inc.'s (EBAY) fourth-quarter adjusted earnings rose 15% to beat its generally conservative guidance, as the e-commerce operator reported an increasingly common pattern of its payments unit leading growth amid a solid performance in its marketplace division. The company provided mixed guidance for results in the new year. Shares climbed 3.7% to $31.45 premarket.

Xilinx Inc.'s (XLNX) fiscal third-quarter profit fell 17% on weaker revenue from the chip maker's communications customers, though its earnings per share topped analysts' estimates. Shares rose 5.2% to $37.13 premarket as the company predicted its fourth-quarter revenue would rebound.

Nokia Corp. (NOK) will cut the price of its new Lumia 710 smartphone in the U.K. following pressure from U.K. mobile operators who are seeking to stimulate consumer interest in the device, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. Shares fell 1.4% to $5.59 in recent premarket trading.

BlackRock Inc.'s (BLK) fourth-quarter profit slipped 16% as the world's largest money manager by assets booked lower investment advisory fees and securities lending revenue. Shares slid 0.9% to $186.05 in light premarket trading.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn boosted his stake in WebMD Health Corp. (WBMD) to 11.6%, according to a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shares gained 0.5% to $26.43 in recent premarket trading.

Sealy Corp. (ZZ) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened, with the mattress maker showing weaker sales and margins. Shares dropped 21% to $1.45 premarket as sales sharply missed analyst expectations.

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Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. (ALTE) estimated its fourth-quarter losses from catastrophes at $50 million, primarily related to the severe flooding in Thailand. The insurer and reinsurer plans to report fourth-quarter results next month.

The Securities & Exchange Commission charged bank holding company BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. (BBX) and its top executive with misleading investors when the financial crisis was in its early stages.

BB&T Corp.'s (BBT) fourth-quarter profit jumped 88% as the lender benefited from stronger-than-expected revenue and improved credit conditions.

Black Hills Corp. (BKH) agreed to sell its non-regulated energy marketing business and cut its 2012 profit outlook.

Clarcor Inc.'s (CLC) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 28% as the filter-and-packaging company's strong sales volume of heavy-duty engine filters led revenue growth.

CNO Financial Group Inc. (CNO) named Frederick J. Crawford as its new chief financial officer, effective Jan. 23.

Medical-products maker Covidien PLC (COV) unveiled an expanded recall of its BIS Bilateral sensors owing to a modification that could result in inaccurate data.

H.B. Fuller Co.'s (FUL) fiscal fourth-quarter profit climbed 20%, stronger than expected, as the paint and adhesive maker's margins improved. The company also projected a strong full-year profit.

Huntington Bancshares Inc.'s (HBAN) fourth-quarter earnings edged up 3.2% despite a slip in non-interest interest income as the lender benefited from reduced credit costs over the year-earlier period.

Federal regulators in December warned Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) DePuy Orthopaedics unit that several of its hip, knee and joint replacements were improperly marketed, prompting the company to stop offering some products.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP's (KMP) fourth-quarter earnings rose 16% as the company reported stronger results at its natural-gas pipelines business. Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), which owns Kinder Morgan Energy's general partner, reported that its fourth-quarter earnings surged amid lower taxes, a well as contributions from discontinued operations.

Oneok Inc.'s (OKE) board raised the company's dividend by 8.9%, joining a growing list of companies looking to increase value for shareholders.

Plexus Corp.'s (PLXS) fiscal first-quarter earnings fell a less-than-feared 29% as strength in the manufacturing services company's engineering business helped damp the effect of lower sales. The company also predicted an upbeat second-quarter profit, excluding any restructuring charges, that beat analysts' expectations.

Rockwell Collins Inc.'s (COL) fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 14% as the company reported lower earnings and revenue at its government segment and a higher effective tax rate.

Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s (SANM) fiscal first-quarter earnings slumped 70% as the electronics manufacturer reported declining revenue amid weakness at its communications-networks segment and the effects from flooding in Thailand. The company also gave a mostly downbeat view for the current quarter.

SAP AG (SAP, SAP.XE) said it extended the expiration date of its tender offer for SuccessFactors Inc. (SFSF) by a week to Jan. 25 as the parties haven't yet received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

SLM Corp.'s (SLM) fourth-quarter profit rose but core earnings fell because of lower loan-sale and debt-repurchase gains.

Southwest Airlines Co.'s (LUV) fourth-quarter earnings rose 16% as the discount carrier benefited from stronger revenue and hedging impacts. Though adjusted earnings declined, they beat expectations.

Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings PLC (WSH) appointed John Cavanagh as the new chief executive for the company's reinsurance arm, Willis Re.

-Edited by Ian Thomson and Maya Pope-Chappell; write to and

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