U.S. HOT STOCK FUTURES: HOT STOCKS TO WATCH

Date : 06/14/2012 @ 9:18AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : C.R. Bard, Inc. (BCR)
Quote : 303.71  0.2 (0.07%) @ 4:02PM

U.S. HOT STOCK FUTURES: HOT STOCKS TO WATCH

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Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Thursday's session are Nokia Corp. (NOK), JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (JASO) and Pier 1 Imports Inc. (PIR).

Nokia revealed sweeping changes to its business, including 10,000 additional job cuts and a broad management shake-up. The struggling Finnish handset maker also cut its earnings outlook for the third time in a little over a year. Shares were last down 9.7% to $2.52 premarket.

JA Solar said it plans to repurchase roughly $100 million, or more than half, of its American depositary shares outstanding before the end of September. Shares surged 19% to $1.10 premarket.

Pier 1 Imports's fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 26% as the home-furnishings retailer's strong sales growth helped to improve margins. The company also raised its full-year earnings guidance. Shares were last trading 3% higher at $16.05 in premarket trading.

Hedge fund Blue Harbour Group now has a 6.4% position in CACI International Inc. (CACI), according to a late Wednesday regulatory filing. Shares of the information-technology contractor were trading 2.8% higher at $50 in premarket trade.

Smithfield Foods Inc.'s (SFD) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 19% as the pork producer's sales grew slower than expected and margins shrank. Shares slumped 4.7% to $18.65 in premarket trading.

International Game Technology (IGT) revealed plans to buy back up to $1 billion in stock, including a $400 million upfront effort with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS). Shares of the slot-machine maker jumped 7.3% to $14.19 premarket.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AEGR) said it plans to sell an undisclosed number of shares as the biopharmaceutical company looks to raise funds for activities related to the regulatory approval and commercialization of its lead product candidate. Shares were last off 8.5% to $15.12 premarket.

3D Systems Corp.'s (DDD) public offering of 3.7 million common shares priced at an 8.7% discount to Wednesday's close. Shares slumped 7.4% to $27.37 premarket.

 
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Codexis Inc. (CDXS) said its interim chief financial officer, Brian Dowd, will resign at the end of this month in order to accept a position at a private technology company.

C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR) raised its quarterly dividend by 5.3% and also authorized an additional $500 million in share repurchases, as the medical-device maker looks to increase value for its shareholders.

Korn/Ferry International's (KFY) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 41% as the executive-search firm was hurt by higher costs as fee revenue rose modestly.

Spartech Corp.'s (SEH) fiscal second-quarter income rose 40% as the packaging company posted improved margins and stronger sales in its color and specialty-compounding segment.

United Technologies Corp. (UTX) raised its quarterly dividend 11% as the industrial conglomerate looks to increase value for its shareholders.

-Write to Mia Lamar at mia.lamar@dowjones.com




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