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Shares of


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were among the


winners Friday, jumping 16% after the pawn-loan company boosted its fourth-quarter earnings projection.

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company expects to post earnings of 61 cents to 64 cents a share, up from an earlier forecast of 43 cents to 46 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call project earnings of 45 cents a share.

"During the quarter, the company realized a stronger-than-expected signature loan contribution (primarily due to lower levels of bad debt), a net benefit of approximately 4 cents a share from several non-recurring items, and a lower-than-expected earnings drag from new-store openings," the company said. EZCorp now sees full-year earnings of $2.05 to $2.08 a share. Shares were trading up $5.95 to $42.30.

Shares of

Sensient Technologies

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rose 5% after the fragrance maker posted stronger third-quarter results and boosted its full-year earnings guidance. For the third quarter, the company earned $17 million, or 37 cents a share, on revenue of $280.9 million. Two analysts had an average estimate for earnings of 35 cents a share, while a single analyst forecast revenue of $270.6 million. During the year-earlier period, Sensient earned $14.1 million, or 30 cents a share, on revenue of $256.4 million.

Looking ahead, Sensient now sees full-year earnings of $1.40 to $1.43, up from an earlier view of $1.38 to $1.42 a share. Analysts project earnings of $1.38 a share. Shares were adding $1.14 to $22.24.

Foundation Coal

( FCL) fell 4% after the coal miner said that third-quarter earnings would be cut by 17 cents a share because of a charge related to a July secured senior debt refinancing. The company said that miners' vacations and a planned longwall move at one of its mines also hurt third-quarter results. Shares were trading down $1.29 to $32.71.

Shares of

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slid 6% after the furniture maker warned that third-quarter earnings will miss expectations. For the period ending Oct. 28, the company now sees earnings of 1 cent to 4 cents a share, well below its previous guidance of 11 cents to 15 cents a share. Analysts project a profit of 12 cents a share.

"Our reduction in earnings guidance is primarily due to lower-than-expected sales volumes, which is impacting both our wholesale upholstery and casegoods businesses as well as our company-owned retail stores," La-Z-Boy said. Shares were down 94 cents to $14.06.



fell 4% after the homebuilder slashed its second-quarter earnings outlook. The company now sees earnings from continuing operations of 65 cents to 75 cents a share, well below its previous view of $1.40 a share. Analysts project earnings of $1.32 a share.

"The housing market continues to adjust rapidly and Centex is executing its balanced approach to effectively manage these transitions," the company said. "Cancellation rates that were well outside of historical levels diminished our earnings visibility this quarter." Shares were trading down $2.14 to $52.95.


volume leaders included

General Electric

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, down 64 cents to $35.58;

Lucent Technologies

( LU), unchanged at $2.33;

Time Warner


, down 27 cents to $18.97;

Advanced Micro Devices

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, up 54 cents to $25.23;

Home Depot

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, down $1.15 to $36.75;


(PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report

, down 17 cents to $27.48;

Nortel Networks

( NT), up 1 cent to $2.18; and


(VLO) - Get Valero Energy Corporation Report

, up 97 cents to $53.14.

Nasdaq volume leaders included


(MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report

, up 42 cents to $28.64;


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation (INTC) Report

, down 4 cents to $21.45;



, down 37 cents to $23.75;


(ORCL) - Get Oracle Corporation Report

, down 13 cents to $18.86;

Level 3 Communications


, down 10 cents to $5.02;

Sun Microsystems

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, up 4 cents to $5.12; and

Cisco Systems

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, down 2 cents to $24.43.