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Shares of

Tween Brands

( TWB) were among the


winners Friday, climbing 8.8% after the children's clothing seller announced an accelerated buyback plan.

The retailer said it will buy back up to $175 million of its outstanding stock, including the immediate repurchase of 5.2 million shares at $27.55 apiece. As a result of the buyback, as well as a moderate lift from third-quarter to-date results, the company boosted its full-year earnings projection to $1.84 to $1.98 a share.

Last month, Tween Brands shares were battered after the company cut its full-year earnings target to $1.80 to $1.95 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial have an average estimate for earnings of $1.85 a share. The stock climbed $2.41 to close at $29.96.



shares rose 1.6% after the seed and agriculture company announced an agreement with

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to market a corn hybrid. Under the agreement, the companies will create a seed offering that combines eight different herbicide tolerance and insect-protection genes into the hybrid. Shares of Monsanto closed up $1.13 to $73.50.

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Cardinal, however, said its supply chain pharmaceutical segment is expected to grow in line with its long-term profit goal of 7% to 10%. Previously, the company said growth would be at the top end of this range.Shares closed down $3.29 to $64.67.

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