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Shares of Brady (BRC) rose 14.1% after the label and sign maker posted fourth-quarter earnings and sales that beat expectations and raised its 2005 financial guidance. The company earned $20.6 million, or 41 cents a share, on sales of $196.2 million during the fourth quarter. Analysts were expecting earnings of 30 cents a share on sales of $190 million.

Looking ahead, Brady now expects 2005 earnings of $1.55 to $1.60 a share on sales of $790 million to $810 million, up from previous guidance of $1.35 to $1.41 a share in earnings on sales of $780 million to $800 million. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.42 a share on sales of $798.3 million. Shares traded up $4.01 to $32.47.

Monarch Casino & Resort (MCRI) rose 4.1% after the casino operator posted fourth-quarter earnings and sales that were ahead of expectations. The company earned $3.9 million, or 41 cents a share, on sales of $31.2 million. One analyst polled by Thomson First Call was expecting earnings of 36 cents a share on sales of $29.5 million. In January, Monarch said that it would post earnings of 36 cents a share on sales of $31 million. A year ago the company earned $1.8 million, or 19 cents a share, on sales of $28.3 million.

The company said that it continues to benefit from strong local population growth, especially in south Reno, Nevada, and increased bookings at the Reno-Sparks convention center, which is located next door to Monarch's Atlantis Casino Resort. Shares traded up $1.58 to $40.21.

Shares of Yankee Candle (YCC) fell 12.4% after the candle maker posted fourth-quarter earnings and sales that disappointed Wall Street. The company earned $48 million, or $1 a share, on sales of $218.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.05 a share on sales of $234.7 million. A year ago Yankee earned $44.9 million, or 88 cents a share, on sales of $205.1 million.

Looking ahead, Yankee Candle forecast first-quarter earnings growth of 10% to 14% on sales growth of 8% to 11%. A year ago the company earned 21 cents a share on sales of $106.5 million. Analysts are expecting first-quarter earnings of 25 cents a share. Shares traded down $4.17 to $29.60.

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