were among the
winners Thursday, jumping 12% after the video-game retailer posted solid December sales and lifted its fourth-quarter and full-year financial guidance.
The company posted an 8.7% jump in December pro forma same-store sales, and said results were strong across the board. "This year's holiday performance was particularly notable as GameStop did a great job of working our business model and generating strong contributions from all categories of the business," the company said. Total sales for the nine weeks ended Dec. 31 came in at $1.35 billion, up from $577.7 million a year ago. Much of the increase came from the addition of Electronics Boutique, which GameStop acquired in October.
GameStop now sees fourth-quarter earnings of $1.06 to $1.08 a share, up from its previous guidance of 98 cents to $1.02 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call are expecting fourth-quarter earnings of 98 cents a share. For fiscal 2006, the company sees earnings of $1.75 to $1.78 a share, up from an earlier guidance of $1.65 to $1.70 a share, and above the $1.66 a share that analysts had been expecting. Shares were trading up $3.94 to $37.39.
rose 5% after the company posted second-quarter results that topped expectations and boosted its 2006 sales forecast. For the quarter ended Nov. 30, the industrial services company earned $2.2 million, or 10 cents a share, on sales of $126.8 million. Analysts expected earnings of 5 cents a share and sales of $114 million. During last year's second quarter, the company earned $1.3 million, or 7 cents a share, on sales of $113.5 million.
Looking ahead, Matrix Service now sees full-year sales of $450 million to $475 million, up from an earlier view of $400 million to $450 million. Shares were recently trading up 51 cents to $9.91.
( KRON) fell 9% after the provider of human resources software cut its fiscal first-quarter earnings and sales estimates. The company sees earnings of 26 cents to 29 cents a share for the December, below its October forecast of 36 cents to 38 cents a share. Kronos lowered its sales projection to $127.5 million to $129 million from $133 million to $136 million. Analysts expected earnings of 38 cents a share on sales of $134.7 million. "While we are disappointed with our financial results for the first quarter, we remain optimistic about our market opportunity and potential for growth in fiscal 2006," the company said. Kronos will release its first-quarter results on Jan. 30. Shares were trading down $3.83 to $37.69.
fell 3% after the arts and craft retailer posted modest holiday same-store sales growth and cut its fourth-quarter earnings target. Michaels reported same-store sales growth of 3.1% for November and December. Total sales for the two-month period climbed 7.2%. The company now expects that its fourth-quarter same-store sales will rise 2.5% to 3.5% from a year earlier, compared with its November projection for same-store sales growth of 3% to 5%. Total sales are expected to rise by 6.5% to 7.5%.
Michaels said its gross margins were hurt as consumers flocked to promotional items. The company lowered its fourth-quarter earnings projection to 83 cents to 87 cents a share from an earlier forecast of 88 cents to 92 cents a share. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 89 cents a share. For the full fiscal year, the company sees earnings of $1.79 to $1.83 a share, below the $1.85 a share that analysts had been expecting. Shares were trading down $1.06 to $33.96.
shares fell slightly after the company posted a drop in second-quarter earnings. The cement producer reported earnings from continuing operations of $6.2 million, or 26 cents a share, on sales of $221 million. A single analyst forecast called for earnings of 14 cents a share, with sales of $223.4 million. A year earlier, the company earned $9.7 million, or 43 cents a share, on sales of $194.6 million. Texas Industries said the higher sales were offset by plant downtime and increased energy costs. Shares were trading down 3 cents to $51.
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