NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Satellite TV provider DirecTV (DTV) posted fourth-quarter net income of $618 million, or 74 cents a share, vs. a year-earlier net loss of $32 million, or 3 cents a share.

Fourth-quarter revenue rose 11% to $6.62 billion from $5.98 billion.

Wall Street was calling for earnings of 62 cents a share on revenue of $6.52 billion.

Shares of the company were rising 2% to $45.10 in premarket trading Wednesday.

Health insurance company

WellPoint

(WLP)

said it will begin paying quarterly dividends of 25 cents a share, representing an annualized dividend of $1 a share.

The annualized figure represents a yield of about 1.5% based on the company's closing share price on Tuesday.

The company also reaffirmed its earnings per share guidance of at least $6.30 for 2011 vs. the consensus forecast of $6.57.

Shares of the company were flat at $65.25.

Dow

component

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

disappointed Wall Street with its outlook saying it expects adjusted earnings of $1.19 to $1.21 a share for the second quarter ending in April on revenue ranging from $31.4 billion to $31.6 billion.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting a profit of $1.25 a share on revenue of $32.6 billion.

Shares of

Hewlett-Packard

were dropping 9.4% to $43.70 in premarket trading Wednesday.

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No. 2 home-improvement retailer

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Report

earned $285 million, or 21 cents a share, in its fiscal fourth quarter, up 39% from a year earlier and above analysts' estimates.

Lowe's shares fell 1.2% to $25.68 in premarket trading Wednesday.

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Luxury homebuilder

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

reported a surprise, first-quarter profit.

Premarket quotes weren't available for Toll Brothers. The stock ended Tuesday's trading session at $20.76, down 5%.

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Global exchange group

Nasdaq OMX Group

I:IXIC

is looking into putting together a bid to acquire

NYSE Euronext

(NYX)

, according to a report from

The Wall Street Journal

.

There were no premarket quotes for Nasdaq OMX. The stock fell 3.8% to $28 at Tuesday's closing bell.

Shares of NYSE Euronext were up 0.9% to $36.99 during premarket trading Wednesday.

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