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Stocks Hold Gains as Strong Data Offsets HP

Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores (FDO - Get Report) posted fourth-quarter earnings of 75 cents a share on revenue of $2.36 billion, in line with analysts' estimates, and provided an encouraging fiscal 2013 outlook. Shares popped 3.9%.

Monsanto (MON) reported an as-expected fourth-quarter loss amid weaker corn seed sales and provided disappointing fiscal 2013 earnings guidance. Shares fell 2.2%.

Xyratex (XRTX) shares plunged 16.7% after the data storage technology provider posted a fiscal third-quarter earnings decline of 20% amid a significant fall in the company's enterprise storage sales.




--Written by Andrea Tse and Joe Deaux in New York.



>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Andrea Tse.

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