Date : 02/10/2012 @ 8:54AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : XL Grp. Ltd. (XL)
Quote : 36.03  0.58 (1.64%) @ 3:01PM


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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN), LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) and True Religion Apparel Inc. (TRLG).

Nuance's fiscal first-quarter profit surged thanks to a tax benefit as the speech-software company reported double-digit revenue growth at most of its businesses. However, shares fell 10% to $27.36 premarket as adjusted earnings and revenue fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

LinkedIn's fourth-quarter earnings soared as the professional-networking site's revenue more than doubled. Shares rose 9.5% to $83.68 in premarket trading as the results topped analysts' expectations.

True Religion's fourth-quarter earnings sank 8.4% as the jeans-maker saw weaker sales in its wholesale business, though its direct consumer unit showed strength. Shares slid 25% to $27.50 premarket as the company missed earnings and revenue expectations and as it gave a downbeat 2012 profit forecast.

NeurogesX Inc. (NGSX) said a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee didn't recommend approval for the specialty pharmaceutical company's Qutenza patch as a treatment for nerve pain related to HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy. Shares plunged 38% to 50 cents premarket.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) swung to a fourth-quarter loss amid refinancing costs and a shutdown of an oil refinery. Shares were down 6.9% at $41.50 premarket as adjusted earnings fell short of market expectations.

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) said it will suspend its quarterly dividend payments, the latest step by the shipper to preserve liquidity in the face of stubborn economic headwinds. Shares dropped 10% to $10.65 premarket.

Brooks Automation Inc.'s (BRKS) fiscal first-quarter earnings sank 87% as the semiconductor-equipment maker's product revenue dropped, though services revenue increased and margins improved, pushing shares up 6.3% to $12 premarket as the company predicted upbeat second-quarter results and expressed optimism above future quarters.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the use of Merck & Co.'s (MRK) Hepatitis C drug Victrelis with certain types of HIV medicines may reduce effectiveness of both types of treatments. Shares dropped 0.4% to $38 premarket.

Expedia Inc.'s (EXPE) fourth-quarter profit eased 1.4% as slumping revenue from air travel hurt the online travel agent's top line. Shares dropped 4.8% to $32.52 premarket on the weaker-than-expected results.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s (LGF) fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as the movie and television studio posted an increase in equity interest income from its share in the Epix channel, though revenue slipped. Shares fell 4.5% to $10.52 premarket.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (AB) swung to a fourth-quarter loss as revenue missed expectations amid a drop in trading activity. Shares slipped 3.1% to $16 premarket.

A subsidiary of Quicksilver Resources Inc. (KWK) filed plans to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering, which will see Quicksilver contribute some of its Barnett Shale assets to the recently formed limited partnership. Quicksilver's shares gained 0.4% to $5.38 premarket.

Biotechnology firm Exelixis Inc.'s (EXEL) public offering of 11 million shares priced at a 3% discount of Thursday's close. Shares dropped 4.7% to $5.40 in premarket trading.

ValueVision Media Inc. (VVTV) said it expects to see an 18% decline in its fourth-quarter revenue, as weakness in consumer electronics weighed down on the home-shopping company and many other retailers. Shares fell 8.2% to $1.79 premarket.

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Alliant Energy Corp.'s (LNT) fourth-quarter earnings rose 21% as non-regulated business revenue soared, and the electric and natural-gas utility said it plans to sell its RMT unit.

Apollo Global Management LLC's (APO) fourth-quarter profit slid 95% from a year earlier as the buyout firm reported revenue well below expectations.

AptarGroup Inc.'s (ATR) fourth-quarter earnings fell 5.3% as a higher tax rate weighed on the dispenser maker's bottom-line and as the company's beauty and home segment saw slightly lower sales.

Brookfield Office Properties Inc.'s (BPO, BPO.T) fourth-quarter earnings slid 65% from the year-earlier period, propped up by a big fair-value gain and income-tax benefit, masking a surge in revenue.

Calpine Corp.'s (CPN) fourth-quarter loss narrowed as the power company booked a gain tied to derivatives trading and saw margins improve, though sales fell slightly.

Flowers Foods Inc.'s (FLO) fourth-quarter earnings fell 27% as higher ingredient costs offset a sales improvement helped by its acquisition last year of Tasty Baking Co. Results missed estimates, and the maker of Nature's Own, Sunbeam and Blue Bird breads and baked goods also issued a cautious 2012 outlook.

Gardner Denver Inc.'s (GDI) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 36% as the maker of air compressors and pumps benefited from strong demand in the energy sector. However, as overall revenue growth fell short of expectations.

Home Properties Inc.'s (HME) fourth-quarter profit soared as the apartment real-estate investment trust posted stronger revenue driven by higher average rents.

Hudson City Bancorp Inc. (HCBK) said its chairman and chief executive is stepping aside temporarily to attend to an unexpected medical issue, leaving its operating chief to assume those duties for the time being.

International Game Technology (IGT) named Walt Disney Co. (DIS) executive John Vandemore as its new chief financial officer and treasurer, effective Feb. 13.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings' (LH) fourth-quarter profit edged up 2.7% as the provider of medical-testing services booked a modest increase in revenue and testing volume.

Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.'s (MRH) fourth-quarter profit slid 33% as costs from flooding in Thailand and other natural disasters caused the reinsurer to report an operating loss.

NXP Semiconductors N.V.'s (NXPI) fourth-quarter loss widened on lower revenue and as restructuring charges weighed on bottom-line results. However, the company issued an upbeat revenue view for the first quarter.

Pitney Bowes Inc.'s (PBI) fourth-quarter earnings surged as the mail- and document-services company posted a large tax benefit, though revenue and margins declined.

PPL Corp.'s (PPL) fourth-quarter earnings rose 13% as revenue more than doubled and the operator of utilities and power plants raised its dividend by 2.9%.

Republic Services Inc.'s (RSG) fourth-quarter earnings rose a better-than-expected 29% as the trash hauler saw higher industrial collection revenue and lower provisions for income taxes. The company's results beat analysts' expectations.

Sierra Wireless Inc.'s (SWIR) swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the company recorded higher expenses as well as lower sales due to the absence of two major customers. However, the company issued an upbeat first-quarter outlook.

XL Group PLC (XL) swung to a surprise fourth-quarter loss as the property-and-casualty insurer reported sharply higher catastrophe losses and an impairment charge.

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

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