Updated from 11:23 a.m.

Shares of

Kroger

(KR) - Get Report

were among the

NYSE's

winners Tuesday, rising 10% after the company posted first-quarter results that topped Wall Street forecasts.

The supermarket chain earned $294.3 million, or 40 cents a share, on sales of $17.95 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were expecting earnings of 34 cents a share on sales of $17.66 billion. A year ago the company earned $262.8 million, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $16.9 billion.

Looking ahead, Kroger now believes that 2005 earnings will exceed $1.24 a share, up 3 cents from its previous guidance issued in March. Analysts are expecting earnings of $1.23 a share. Kroger expects earnings growth to be driven by continued progress in Southern California, lower interest expense, fewer shares outstanding and improved results from the balance of the company. Shares traded up $1.76 to $19.45.

Books-A-Million

(BAMM)

rose 22.9% after the company said it would buy up to 4 million shares, or about 24.6%, of its stock in a modified Dutch auction. Shares will be bought at prices ranging from $8.75 to $10 each. The offer, which is expected to start within five days, will be financed by the company's existing revolving credit line. Shares traded up $1.92 to $10.30.

Shares of

Central Parking

( CPC) fell 14.7% after the company said it has ended discussions regarding the potential sale of its business. In March, Central hired Morgan Stanley to help it explore strategic alternatives aimed at maximizing shareholder value. "After considering the company's strong franchise and future prospects," the company said late Monday, "the board concluded that the company can best enhance shareholder value by streamlining operations and focusing on core competencies and key markets with the greatest potential for growing profits." Looking ahead, the company said it would continue to review its alternatives. Such alternatives could include a share repurchase plan, a change in its dividend policy and other changes in the capitalization of the company. Shares traded down $2.40 to $13.90.

Commercial Metals

(CMC) - Get Report

fell 5.6% after the company posted third-quarter earnings that fell below expectations and warned that fourth-quarter earnings would be below forecasts. The steel maker earned $71.7 million, or $1.14 a share, on sales of $1.73 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.25 a share. A year ago the company earned $50.9 million, or 84 cents a share, on sales of $1.41 billion. Looking ahead, Commercial Metals expects fourth-quarter earnings of $1.15 to $1.30 a share, below the $1.35 a share that analysts had been expecting. Shares traded down $1.51 to $25.62.

Shares of

FactSet Research

(FDS) - Get Report

rose 7.3% after the financial services information provider posted third-quarter earnings that beat forecasts by a penny. The company earned $19.6 million, or 39 cents a share, on sales of $79.3 million. Results included an income tax benefit of $1.9 million, or 4 cents a share. Without the gain, the company would have earned 35 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 34 cents a share on sales of $78.6 million. A year ago the company earned $14.7 million, or 30 cents a share, on sales of $63.6 million. Last year's earnings included a tax benefit of $760,000, or 2 cents a share. Looking ahead, FactSet forecast fourth-quarter sales of $80 million to $82 million, in line with analysts' expectations of $81.1 million. Shares traded up $2.44 to $35.69.

NYSE volume leaders included

Lucent Technologies

( LU), down 1 cent to $3.06;

Time Warner

(TWX)

, up 37 cents to $17.50;

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

, down 13 cents to $36.15;

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

, up 76 cents to $24.61;

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

, down $1.34 to $59.51;

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

, down 15 cents to $28.61;

Calpine

(CPN)

, up 4 cents to $3.54; and

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

, up 37 cents to $47.08.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 4 cents to $25.15;

Cisco Systems

(CSCO) - Get Report

, up 17 cents to $19.77;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, up 28 cents to $27.18;

Sun Microsystems

(SUNW) - Get Report

, down 1 cent to $3.85;

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, down 5 cents to $5.96; and

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, up 14 cents to $12.55.