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South Financial, Majesco: Early Volume Plays

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Several stocks trading near $5 were poised to move on above-average volume during Friday's session.

The South Financial Group (TSFG) was set to rally Friday after the company's Carolina First Bank subsidiary said it has been approved as a preferred lender under the U.S. Small Business Administration Preferred Lender Program. The 50-day average daily volume for South Financial is 3.64 million, according to the Nasdaq. South Financial shares closed Thursday at 68 cents.

Majesco Entertainment (COOL) shares should open lower Friday after the video-game company reported a fourth-quarter adjusted loss of 6 cents a share, compared with the consensus of two analyst estimates for a profit of 11 cents a share. While revenue of $23.9 million in the quarter was better than analysts had expected, Majesco's full-year earnings and revenue view disappointed. The 50-day average daily volume for Majesco is 251,000. The stock closed Thursday at $1.19.

Athersys (ATHX) should trade lower Friday after the company filed late Thursday for a common stock and warrants offering of 20 million shares. The 50-day average daily volume for Athersys is 2.84 million. Shares finished Thursday's session at $3.47.

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) should open Friday's session on the downside after it said it priced an offering of 45 million shares at $3 a share. The stock closed Thursday at $3.32. The three-month average daily volume for Hersha Hospitality is 371,000, according to Yahoo! Finance.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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