Shares of

Burlington Coat Factory

(BCF)

were among the

NYSE's

winners Wednesday, rising 9% after the company posted strong third-quarter results.

The company posted earnings of $66.7 million, or $1.49 a share, on sales of $969.6 million. An analyst polled by Thomson First Call was looking for earnings of $1.10 a share. A year ago the company earned $36 million, or 81 cents a share, on sales of $851 million. Colder temperatures drove strong sales during the fall and winter, the retailer said. Shares were trading up $2.23 to $28.85.

Harley-Davidson

( HDI) fell 17% after the company posted first-quarter earnings that were better than expected but warned that 2005 earnings would well below expectations. The motorcycle maker posted first-quarter earnings of $227.2 million, or 77 cents a share, on sales of $1.24 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of 76 cents a share on sales of $1.24 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast 2005 earnings growth of 5% to 8%, down significantly from its previous guidance that called for midteens earnings growth. Harley-Davidson also cut it would cut shipments to 329,000, down from its previous guidance of 339,000. The company blamed the weak outlook on weaker-than-expected domestic retail sales. Analysts had been expecting 2005 earnings of $3.36 a share, or growth of about 12%, on sales of $5.43 billion. Shares were trading down $9.83 to $48.94.

Shares of

Smurfit-Stone Container

( SSCC) fell 4% after the paper company warned that it would post a first-quarter loss. The company now expects to post a loss of 7 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting a profit of 1 cent a share on sales of $2.06 billion. The company said that unseasonably wet weather conditions in the Southeast led to higher costs of virgin wood fiber compared to the fourth quarter; it also said that its mill operating rates were about 88% during the quarter, down from 94% in the fourth quarter. Smurfit-Stone said it expects to return to profitability during the second quarter. Shares were trading down 55 cents to $13.95.

California Pizza Kitchen

( CPKI) rose 5% after the company lifted its first-quarter earnings estimate. The restaurant operator now expects earnings of 21 cents to 22 cents a share, up from previous guidance of 18 cents to 19 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 19 cents a share. The company also previewed first-quarter sales of $110.3 million and a same-store sales increase of 9.3%. Analysts were expecting sales of $108 million. A year ago the company posted sales of $98.6 million on a same-store sales gain of 7.2%. The company plans to release its full results on April 28. Shares were trading up $1.22 to $24.13.

Shares of

Pathmark Stores

( PTMK) rose 13% after the supermarket chain posted fourth-quarter earnings that were better than expected. Excluding several items, the company posted pro forma earnings of $2.5 million, or 8 cents a share, on sales of $996.8 million. Analysts had been expecting break-even earnings on sales of $1 billion. A year ago the company earned $10.5 million, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $1.01 billion. Shares were trading up 79 cents to $7.04.

NYSE volume leaders included

Elan

(ELN)

, up 46 cents to $4.23;

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

, up 10 cents to $26.98;

Lucent Technologies

( LU), down 3 cents to $2.57;

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

, up 11 cents to $60.54;

Motorola

( MOT), up 24 cents to $15.52; and

American International Group

(AIG) - Get Report

, down 40 cents to $52.80.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, down 2 cents to $25.30;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, down 25 cents to $22.97;

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

, down 12 cents to $18.12;

Siebel Systems

( SEBL), up 3 cents to $9;

eBay

(EBAY) - Get Report

, down 39 cents to $33.27;

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

, down 86 cents to $41.80;

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

, down 25 cents to $15.67; and

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, down 12 cents to $12.37.