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Smart Modular, Vertro: Early Volume Plays

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

Vertro (VTRO) shares were set to rally sharply higher Friday after the Internet company posted an adjusted fourth-quarter profit of 2 cents a share, better than the lone analyst estimate that called for a profit of a penny a share. Shares closed Thursday at 41 cents before jumping 26.8% in the after-market session. The average daily volume for Vertro is 170,000.

Smart Modular Technologies (SMOD) jumped by $1.24, or 17.3%, to $8.40 in the premarket session after the electronic subsystems company posted a second-quarter profit of 23 cents a share, which came in ahead of the consensus target of 14 cents a share. Revenue jumped 30% to $160.1 million, which was also better than expectations. Looking ahead to the third quarter, Smart Modular said it expects revenue in a range of $175 million to $185 million, which compares to the Thomson Reuters average estimate of $143.7 million. The 50-day average daily volume for Smart Modular is 561,000, according to the Nasdaq.

Cost Plus (CPWM) should trade sharply higher after the home furnishings retailer swung to a fourth-quarter profit of 95 cents a share from a loss of 83 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. Looking ahead, Cost Plus guided first-quarter revenue in a range of $185 million to $188 million, which is above the single analyst estimate of $183 million. Shares finished Thursday's session at $2.12 but jumped 18.4% in late trading. The 50-day average daily volume for Cost Plus is 213,000.

BSQUARE (BSQR) was poised to lose ground Friday after the software company posted a fourth-quarter loss of 30 cents a share, which widened from a year-ago loss of 4 cents a share. Revenue fell 11% from a year earlier to $17.1 million. The stock closed at $2.60 Thursday and fell 7.7% in late trading. The 50-day average daily volume for BSQUARE is 11,000.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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