Shares of



were among the


losers Tuesday, falling 7% after the company warned that first-quarter results would fall short of Wall Street expectations.

The software company expects earnings of 6 cents a share on sales of $310 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call had been expecting earnings of 16 cents a share on sales of $324.2 million. The company said that its earnings were dragged down by sales erosion in Europe, which led to a reduction of about $4 million in profit compared with a year ago.

In an attempt to rein in costs, Acxiom said that it is in the process of an expense-reduction program that will result in the elimination of jobs in the U.S. and Europe. The job cuts are expected to reduce payroll costs by about 4%, or $16 million annually. In total, the company expects job cuts and other expense-reducing initiatives to result in savings of about $14 million to $16 million a quarter by the time the plan has been fully implemented, which is expected during the fourth quarter. Shares were trading down $1.34 to $20.17.

Host America


rose 94% after the company said it would install its LightMasterPlus product in 10


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stores. The company is currently surveying stores in the Southwest, it said, in preparation for the installation of the fluorescent lighting systems. Wal-Mart had been testing out one of Host America's systems in one of its Texas stores, reporting a 19% energy savings. "We expect this prestigious customer will like the savings they receive from this first-phase rollout and believe that the next phase will involve a significant number of stores," the company said. Shares were recently trading up $2.93 to $6.05.

Shares of


( TALX) rose 18% after the employment screening services company lifted its first-quarter guidance well above expectations. The company now expects earnings of 26 cents to 27 cents a share on sales that are expected to exceed the upper range of its previous guidance of $44 million to $46 million. Previously, the company said that it would earn 20 cents to 22 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 22 cents a share on sales of $43.4 million. Talx attributed the improved outlook to strong sales growth at its The Work Number unit, which provides automated employment and income verification services, and overall cost control. Shares were trading up $5.27 to $34.62.

Hudson United


rose 11% after the company agreed to be acquired by

TD Banknorth


for $1.9 billion in cash and stock. On the basis of Monday's closing prices, the deal, which will consist of 51% in stock and 49% in cash, values Hudson United at $42.78 a share, a premium of 14% over Hudson's closing price of $37.50 on Monday. The acquisition will enhance TD Banknorth's business in southern Connecticut and eastern New York and give it a foothold in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The combined company will operate 590 branches, 751 ATMs and have over $26 billion in deposits in eight northeastern states. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2006. Shares of Hudson were recently trading up $4 to $41.50, while shares of TD Banknorth were trading down 96 cents, or 3%, to $29.

Shares of


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fell 4% after the company raised it second-quarter earnings guidance but lowered its sales forecast. The company now expects pro forma earnings of 34 cents a share, up from previous guidance of 25 cents to 30 cents a share. Sales, meanwhile, are now expected to grow by just 1% to $1.47 billion, down from previous guidance of 3% to 4%. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 30 cents a share on sales of $1.52 billion. Looking ahead, NCR forecast third-quarter earnings of 28 cents to 33 cents a share, in line with the 33 cents that analysts are looking for. Shares were trading down $1.56 to $35.10.


volume leaders included

Lucent Technologies

( LU), up 8 cents to $3.11;

Nortel Networks

( NT), up 11 cents to $2.72;


( MOT), up 24 cents to $19.15;

Time Warner


, down 14 cents to $16.16;

Texas Instruments

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, down 40 cents to $30.25;

Exxon Mobil

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, down 11 cents to $59.86; and


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, down 9 cents to $27.05.

Nasdaq volume leaders included

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, down 23 cents to $6.88;


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, up 17 cents to $25.46;


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, down 11 cents to $27.59;

Cisco Systems

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, up 14 cents to $19.68;



, up 37 cents to $36.13;


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, up 1 cent to $13.72;

Applied Materials

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, up 6 cents to $17.26; and

Sun Microsystems

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, down 2 cents to $3.66.