NEW YORK --

Tiffany & Co.

(TIF) - Get Report

, the upscale jewelry retailer, said Thursday that third-quarter profit fell 30%, missing analysts' estimates, and it reduced its outlook for the full year.

Tiffany shares fell 11% to $56.87 in premarket trading Thursday.

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Research In Motion

(RIMM)

rose 12% to $12.43 in premarket trading after the BlackBerry maker's shares were upgraded to buy from neutral at

Goldman Sachs

.

Grocer

Kroger

(KR) - Get Report

is expected to earn 43 cents a share in the third quarter, up from 33 cents a year earlier, on revenue of $21.62 billion.

The stock rose 4% to $26.05 in premarket trading.

Barnes & Noble

(BKS) - Get Report

, the book seller, is slated to report its third-quarter results before the opening bell, and analysts are calling for a loss of 11 cents a share on revenue of $1.91 billion.

The stock rose 1.9% to $16.35.

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Other companies expected to report earnings Thursday include

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

(CBRL) - Get Report

,

Gildan Activewear

(GIL) - Get Report

,

Christopher & Banks

(CBK) - Get Report

,

Five Below

(FIVE) - Get Report

,

Mentor Graphics

(MENT)

,

Omnivision Technologies

(OVTI)

,

Pacific Sunwear of California

(PSUN)

,

Splunk

(SPLK) - Get Report

,

Ulta Salon

(ULTA) - Get Report

,

Youku

(YOKU)

and

Zumiez

(ZUMZ) - Get Report

.

Walt Disney

(DIS) - Get Report

, the media giant, announced Wednesday a 25% boost to its annual dividend, bringing the payout of 75 cents a share.

The stock rose 0.8% in premarket trading to $49.60.

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Retailer

Aeropostale

(ARO)

provided Wednesday fourth-quarter earnings guidance of 36 cents to 41 cents a share, well below the consensus view for a profit of 54 cents a share.

Aeropostale shares fell 9.4% to $12.80.

Japan's

Sharp

is in talks with

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

,

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

and

Qualcomm

(QCOM) - Get Report

about a possible capital injection to help it bolster its balance sheet,

The Wall Street Journal

reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.

NCR

(NCR) - Get Report

said Wednesday it agreed to acquire Israeli software company

Retalix

(RTLX)

for $30 a share, or $650 million.

Retalix shares fell 0.5% in premarket trading to $29.35.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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