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Shares of


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were among the


top performers Monday, rising 7% after the coatings manufacturer reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectation.

For the quarter ended Oct. 28, Valspar's earnings rose to $51 million, or 50 cents a share, from $40.4 million, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier. The company's results for both periods included items that increased earnings by 4 cents a share. Excluding the special items, Valspar's earnings of 46 cents a share topped Thomson First Call's average analyst estimate by 4 cents. The company's sales rose 12% to $725.4 million from $645.1 million a year earlier, beating analysts' projection of $720.4 million. Valspar shares recently were up $1.54 to $24.05.

Computer Sciences


shares tumbled 12% after media reports said takeover talks for the consulting company have fallen through.

Lockheed Martin

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and a group of private-investment firms were reportedly in talks to buy Computer Sciences, sending its stock surging in recent weeks. Computer Sciences shares dropped to near the pre-rumor trading levels, recently changing hands at $48.15, down $6.70.

Campbell Soup

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rose nearly 4% after the food company reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and set a $600 million buyback plan. For the quarter ended Oct. 30, the company earned $302 million, or 73 cents a share, including a gain from a tax settlement and charges from repatriation. Excluding one-time items, Campbell earned 58 cents a share, above analysts' forecast of 56 cents. The soup and beverage maker posted sales of $2.11 billion, compared with Wall Street's prediction of $2.13 billion. For last year's first quarter, Campbell posted earnings of $230 million, or 56 cents a share, on sales of $2.09 billion. Shares of Campbell recently changed hands at $30.85, up $1.15.


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shares gained about 3% after the toymaker announced plans to increase its share buyback and dividend. After the bell Friday, Mattel said its board authorized a $250 million increase in its previously instituted share repurchase program. The company also said it boosted its annual dividend for 2005 to 50 cents a share from 45 cents. The dividend is payable Dec. 16 to shareholders of record Dec. 2. Mattel shares were up 43 cents to $15.60.

Shares of

Longs Drug

( LDG) fell slightly after news that Chief Operating Officer Richard Dreiling departed the company to become chief executive of New York drugstore chain Duane Reade. Longs Drug said Warren Bryant, its president, chairman and chief executive, will assume the operating chief responsibilities while the company searches for Dreiling's replacement. Longs Drug shares recently traded at $44.09, down 64 cents, or 1.4%.

NYSE volume leaders Monday include

General Motors

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, down 7 cents to $23.98;


( LU), down 1 cent to $2.83;

General Electric

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, up 32 cents to $36.07;

Liberty Media

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, up 2 cents to $7.75;

Time Warner


, up 9 cents to $18.12;


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, down 8 cents to $8.32;

Micron Technology

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, up 10 cents to $14.28; and


(PFE) - Get Free Report

, up 11 cents to $21.71.


shares trading actively include



, down $7.03 to $49.17;


(MSFT) - Get Free Report

, down 3 cents to $28.04;


(ORCL) - Get Free Report

, down 20 cents to $12.42;

Sirius Satellite Radio

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, down 19 cents to $7.10;


(INTC) - Get Free Report

, down 5 cents to $25.25;



, up 68 cents to $42.22;


(EBAY) - Get Free Report

, up 71 cents to $45.38;


(SYMC) - Get Free Report

, down 73 cents to $17.70; and

(AMZN) - Get Free Report

, down 27 cents to $47.71.