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Shares of

Black & Decker

( BDK) were among the


losers Friday, sinking 9% after the toolmaker slashed its fourth-quarter earnings guidance.

The company now sees earnings of $1.30 to $1.35 a share, down from an earlier forecast of $1.85 to $1.90 a share. The company projects an 8% decline in revenue. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call project earnings of $1.86 a share and revenue of $1.76 billion.

Black & Decker blamed the shortfall on weak U.S. demand. "The demand environment has weakened compared to recent quarters," the company said. "In addition, orders from key retailers have decreased much more sharply than sell-throughs. Therefore, our U.S. sales have been significantly lower than we anticipated." Shares were trading down $7.84 to $79.08.

Illinois Tool Works


, meanwhile, slid 3% after the diversified manufacturer lowered its fourth-quarter projections. The company now sees earnings of 72 cents to 74 cents a share, down from an earlier view of 77 cents to 81 cents a share. Illinois Tool Works expects base revenue growth of 1.8% to 2.4%, down from an earlier forecast of 3.1% to 5.1%. Analysts forecast earnings of 78 cents a share on revenue of $3.63 billion.

"While base revenue growth benefited from strong demand from a broad array of international end markets, a number of North American end markets continued to show signs of moderation or decline for the three-month period," Illinois Tool Works said. Shares were down 91 cents to $47.01.



shares tumbled 17% after the carbon-fiber maker reported disappointing fourth-quarter results. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company posted a loss of $22.9 million, or 89 cents a share, on revenue of $23.8 million. The results included legal charges of $23.1 million. Analysts expected earnings of 13 cents a share and revenue of $31.3 million. During the year-earlier period, the company reported a loss of $11.1 million, or 61 cents a share, on revenue of $14.9 million.

"Right now and for the foreseeable future, the only limitation on our growth is our ability to increase our production efficiency and to bring new capacity into production on a timely and efficient basis," Zoltek said. Shares were trading down $4.52 to $20.98.

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NYSE volume leaders Friday included



, up 7 cents to $7.18;

General Electric


, up 78 cents to $36.99;



, up 15 cents to $25.71;

Advanced Micro Devices


, down 40 cents to $22.31;

Exxon Mobil


, down 50 cents to $78.23;

Time Warner


, up 18 cents to $21.83;



, up 56 cents to $53.67; and



, up 9 cents to $13.45.


most heavily traded stocks included



, up 2 cents to $30.09;



, up 27 cents to $21.04;

Cisco Systems


, up 36 cents to $27.67;

Sun Microsystems


, down 1 cent to $5.60;



, down 19 cents to $17.83;

Sirius Satellite Radio


, up 1 cent to $3.80; and

Apple Computer


, up 21 cents to $88.76.