Updated from 11:18 a.m.
surged 7% after the homebuilder reported blowout earnings of $182 million, or $2.06 a share, for the second quarter ended May 31, up from $102 million, or $1.20 a share, a year ago. Revenue grew to $2.13 billion from $1.57 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.78 a share on revenue of $2.16 billion. For 2005, KB raised its earnings forecast to $9 a share from its previous outlook of $7.88 a share. The stock closed up $5.05 to $77.30.
In other homebuilding news, Smith Barney raised its recommendation on
Beazer Homes USA
and KB to buy from hold. The firm said it believes the homebuilders will soon benefit from upward earnings revisions. Beazer soared $2.48 to $58.93; Hovnanian rose $2.15 to $66.22; Meritage gained $4.74 to $83.75; Pulte added $3.75 to $86; and Ryland stepped up $2.56 to $76.40.
added 1% after the company boosted its quarterly dividend to 10 cents from 8 cents. The dividend will be payable July 15 to shareholders of record June 30. The stock closed up 16 cents to $17.60.
rose 16% after the office building owner announced it has agreed to be acquired for $936.7 million by undisclosed clients advised by DRA Advisors. Under the agreement, CRT shareholders will receive $27.80 a share in cash, a 15.4% premium over Thursday's closing price of $24.09. The company also said it will pay a pro-rated dividend on its common stock through Sept. 30. Completion of the deal is expected to occur late in the third quarter. The stock was up $3.85 to $27.94.
slid 3% after the company agreed to acquire privately owned fitness apparel maker Pearl iZUMi USA for $68 million in cash. The deal is expected to be neutral to Nautilus' earnings in 2005 and is expected to add about 6 to 8 cents to 2006 per-share earnings. In 2004, the company generated sales of $49 million, according to the release. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter. The stock finished down 78 cents to $27.72.
traded down 1.9% after Merrill Lynch downgraded the casino company to neutral from buy, saying it sees limited upside for the stock after it hit the firm's $42 price target. The stock closed down a penny to $41.81.
volume leaders included
, up 39 cents to $36.50;
, up 18 cents to $28.78;
, up 6 cents to $2.98; and
, up 77 cents to $60.89.
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, was flat at $25.04;
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, up 10 cents to $23.22; and
, down 12 cents to $12.34.