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Small-Cap Winners & Losers: Verasun Energy

The Brookings, S.D.-based ethanol producer, Verasun Energy, shares rose after it was upgraded to a buy from neutral by Swiss bank.
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Small-cap stocks were experiencing mixed trading alongside the broader markets early Friday. The Russell 2000 was falling .05% to 696.31 while the S&P SmallCap 600 was gaining .13%, at 365.02.

Rocketing higher was

Verasun Energy

(VSE)

, taking gains of 18.8 to $6.00. The Brookings, S.D.-based ethanol producer was upgraded to buy from neutral by Swiss bank

UBS

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.

Overstock.com

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was taking a beating in early trading action Friday, lowering 28.8% to $19.70. The Salt Lake City, Utah-based online discount retailer reported losses for the second quarter of $6.5 million, or 28 cents per share. This was a vast improvement year-over-year which Overstock reported losses of $13.8 million, or 58 cents a share.

One lighter than normal volume,

Cubic

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was edging 6.6% higher to $25.86 in today's market action. The San Diego, Calif.-based manufacturer of defense electronics and transportation fare collection systems was upgraded by BB&T Capital markets to buy from hold.

Announcing it has priced a public offering of approximately 11.2 million shares of its common stock,

Microvision

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was dropping 20.67% to $2.38 Friday. The Redmond, Wash.-based technology company specializes in developing miniature display and imaging engines.

SemGroup Energy

(SGLP)

fell 20.1% to $2.21 early Friday. The Tulsa, Okla.-based provider of storage, gathering and transportation services for crude oil producers announced today it is having liquidity issues. SemGroup said it is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.