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Shares of

Neiman Marcus Group

( NMGA) were among the


winners Wednesday, rising 15.1% after the company said it is exploring strategic alternatives including a possible sale.

The move, the company said, is aimed at enhancing shareholder value, though it warned that there is no assurance that the process would result in any specific transaction. Neiman Marcus said that it does not expect to reveal developments with respect to the exploration of strategic alternatives unless and until there is a definitive transaction. The company has retained Goldman Sachs to assist it. Shares traded up $11.29 to $86.04.

Triton PCS

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fell 18.3% after the wireless phone service company posted fourth-quarter results that fell short of expectations and warned that 2005 results would miss. Excluding items, the company posted a loss of 68 cents a share on sales of $195.5 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected a narrower loss of 50 cents a share on sales of $198.3 million. "Our fourth-quarter results reflected continued confusion in the marketplace, which resulted in fewer subscribers at the end of the year than we expected," the company said. Looking ahead, the company said that the transition of AT&T Wireless customers into its network is taking longer than expected. "The longer time frame for transitioning subscribers and integrating our new networks means we won't realize projected synergies this year. The combination of these factors will result in 2005 Adjusted EBITDA being significantly lower than previously thought," it said. Shares traded down 52 cents to $2.32.

Shares of

Performance Food Group

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fell 1.7% after the company posted fourth-quarter earnings and sales that fell below expectations. Excluding a one-time item related to the redemption of convertible notes, the company earned $14.9 million, or 31 cents a share, on sales of $1.58 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 32 cents a share on sales of $1.6 billion. A year ago the company earned $12.2 million, or 26 cents a share, on sales of $1.5 billion. Shares traded down 49 cents to $27.89.

Despite posting third-quarter earnings and sales that were better than expected,

Worthington Industries

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fell 3.3% Wednesday. Excluding a one-time tax adjustment, the metal processing company posted earnings of $37.4 million, or 42 cents a share, on sales of $747.4 million. Analysts expected earnings of 36 cents a share on sales of $737.1 million. A year ago the company earned $24.5 million, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $558.1 million. Looking ahead, Worthington said it expects momentum to continue during the fourth quarter, a quarter, the company noted, that is usually its strongest from a seasonal demand standpoint. Analysts are looking for the company to earn 38 cents a share on sales of $801.8 million. Shares traded down 66 cents to $19.63.

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, down $4.71 to $29.01;


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, up 14 cents to $7.35;


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, down 32 cents to $11.91; and

Time Warner


, up 7 cents to $18.10.


volume leaders included


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, down 23 cents to $24.68;

Research In Motion

( RIMM), up $11.22 to $78.31;


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, down 13 cents to $23.75;


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, down 16 cents to $18.09;

Sun Microsystems

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, down 10 cents to $4.25;


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, down 16 cents to $12.99;

Sirius Satellite Radio

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, down 9 cents to $5.24;

Biogen Idec

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, down 88 cents to $37.19; and


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, down 90 cents to $5.80.