Coinstar Surges on DVD Sales

Coinstar flew by first-quarter estimates, receiving a boost from DVD sales.
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Coinstar

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, maker of Redbox DVD kiosks, is soaring in Friday morning trading after it blew by Wall Street's forecast in the first quarter.

During the quarter, the company earned $6.4 million, or 21 cents a share, significantly higher than the 13 cents analysts estimated. Last year Coinstar reported a profit of $2 million, or 7 cents a share.

Coinstar's revenue nearly doubled to $350 million from $239 million last year. Coinstar said it received its biggest boost from sales at its DVD kiosks, which soared 70% during the quarter.

Looking ahead, Coinstar predicts second-quarter earnings in the range of 30 cents to 34 cents a share, and full-year earnings between $1.82 and $1.94 a share. Analysts are looking for a profit of $1.59 a share in 2010.

Shares of Coinstar are surging 18.7% to $45.35 early in the day.

Blockbuster

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, which has steadily been losing market share to Redbox, is falling 2.2% to 39 cents on the news.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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