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Shares of

Oxford Industries

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were among the

NYSE's

winners Thursday, rising 11.3% after the company said its fourth-quarter earnings would top forecasts.

The clothing retailer now expects fourth-quarter earnings to meet or slightly exceed the top end of its previously issued guidance of $1 to $1.10 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been expecting earnings of $1.06 a share.

Looking ahead, Oxford forecast first-quarter earnings of 55 cents to 60 cents a share on sales of $325 million to $335 million. Analysts are expecting earnings of 51 cents a share on sales of $293.7 million. The upbeat outlook was attributed to continued strength in the company's Tommy Bahama and Ben Sherman brands. Shares traded up $4.09 to $40.38.

Steel Dynamics

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fell 2.1% after the company slashed its second-quarter earnings forecast. The steel company now expects earnings of $1.10 to $1.15 a share, down from earlier guidance of $1.35 to $1.40 a share. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.35 a share. Steel Dynamics blamed the lower outlook on continued soft demand and an unforeseen drop in steel scrap prices for delivery in May and June.

Looking ahead, the company said that falling scrap prices would favorably impact its production costs during the third quarter -- when lower scrap inventories are consumed -- potentially improving its profit margins. For all of 2005, the company still expects its earnings to match those of 2004, which came in at $5.27 a share. Analysts are expecting 2005 earnings of $5.06 a share. Shares traded down 57 cents to $26.94.

Shares of

Saucony

( SCNYB) rose 17.4% after the shoe maker agreed to be acquired by

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Stride Rite

( SRR) for roughly $170 million in cash. Saucony shareholders will receive $23 a share in cash for each share they hold, representing a premium of 19% over Wednesday's closing price of $19.29. On a combined basis, the two companies in 2004 would have generated about $725 million in sales. Before one-time costs, the deal is expected to be accretive to Stride Rite's 2006 earnings and cash flow. Finally, the deal is expected to close during the summer of 2005. Shares traded up $3.36 to $22.65.

NCI Building Systems

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fell 2.7% after the company posted second-quarter earnings that fell below expectations and warned that third-quarter earnings would be below expectations as well. The building products company earned $10.7 million, or 51 cents a share, on sales of $250.6 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 53 cents a share. A year ago, the company earned $7.7 million, or 39 cents a share, on sales of $254.7 million. Looking ahead, NCI forecast third-quarter earnings of 70 cents to 73 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 91 cents a share. Shares traded down 93 cents to $33.23.

Shares of

Pall

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fell 2% after the filtration systems company posted third-quarter earnings that were below expectations. The company earned $43.7 million, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $493.5 million. Excluding charges, the company would have earned $46.3 million, or 37 cents a share. Favorable foreign currency translation added a penny a share to third-quarter earnings. Analysts were expecting earnings of 39 cents a share on sales of $498.5 million. A year ago, the company posted pro forma earnings of $47 million, or 37 cents a share, on sales of $463.9 million. Shares traded down 58 cents to $28.51.

NYSE volume leaders included

Elan

(ELN)

, down $1.14 to $6.85;

Ford

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, up 35 cents to $10.27;

General Electric

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, down 3 cents to $36.90;

Nortel Networks

( NT), down 3 cents to $2.76;

Corning

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, down 25 cents to $15.99;

Time Warner

(TWX)

, down 23 cents to $17.26;

Pfizer

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, up 3 cents to $28.20;

JP Morgan Chase

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, down 2 cents to $35.74;

Lucent Technologies

( LU), unchanged at $2.81;

Storage Technology

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, up $5.13 to $36.36; and

EMC

(EMC)

, up 10 cents to $14.30.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Sun Microsystems

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, down 11 cents to $3.79;

Intel

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, up 30 cents to $27.59;

Sirius Satellite Radio

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, up 7 cents to $6;

Cisco Systems

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, up 24 cents to $19.88;

Ciena

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, down 4 cents to $2.41;

Oracle

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, up 13 cents to $12.98; and

Microsoft

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, down 2 cents to $25.79.