winners Monday, rising 8% after the funeral and cemetery operator agreed to be acquired by
Service Corp. International
for $856 million in cash, or $20 a share.
Alderwoods shareholders will receive $20 a share, a 12% premium to Friday's closing price of $17.90. SCI also will assume about $374 million in debt. Excluding one-time costs, SCI expects the acquisition to result in pretax savings of about $60 million to $70 million within 12 to 18 months after the deal's close, which is projected to be by the end of 2006. Following the deal, SCI will own 1,712 funeral homes and 490 cemeteries in 48 states. Shares of Alderwoods were trading up $1.51 to $19.41, while shares of SCI rose 62 cents, or 8%, to $8.42.
rose 9% after the oil services company lifted its first-quarter and full-year outlook. The company estimates first-quarter earnings of $13.8 million to $14.3 million, or 49 cents to 51 cents a share, up from an earlier view of 44 cents to 45 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call project earnings of 45 cents a share. The company predicts revenue of $132 million to $135 million, above Wall Street's forecast of $126.6 million. For the second quarter, Core Labs sees earnings of 54 cents to 58 cents a share and revenue of $135 million to $140 million. Analysts target earnings of 51 cents a share and revenue of $133 million.
For the full year, Core Labs now anticipates earnings of $2.20 to $2.30 a share, up from an earlier projection of $2.05 to $2.15 a share. The company predicts revenue of more than $560 million. Analysts project earnings of $2.21 a share on revenue of $549.3 million. "Core continues to benefit from the increased market acceptance and application of its recently introduced services and technologies used to optimize daily hydrocarbon production and maximize ultimate hydrocarbon recovery," the company said. Shares were trading up $4.05 to $51.60.
rose 10% after the construction-equipment company put its first-quarter earnings well above analysts' forecasts and raised its full-year guidance. The company predicts earnings of more than $1.20 a share. Analysts project earnings of 96 cents a share.
"We continue to see strong performance in our Terex aerial work platforms and materials processing & mining segments, and we are encouraged by the strength of the performance so far this year of our Terex cranes businesses," the company said. For the full year, Terex now sees earnings of $5.85 to $6.35 a share, up from an earlier view of $5.50 to $6 a share. Analysts project earnings of $5.80 a share.
Terex also said its lenders granted a waiver giving the company until April 30 to submit its financial information for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005. Terex expects to submit its financials prior to the April 30 deadline, the company said. Shares were trading up $7.55 to $86.79.
Wild Oats Markets
( OATS) fell 4% after the operator of natural foods supermarkets announced the resignation of its senior vice president of sales and merchandising. The company said that Stephen Kaczynski is leaving the company so that he can accept the role of president at another grocery chain. Kaczynski's departure was effective March 30. Shares were trading down 85 cents to $19.48.
Brush Engineered Materials
rose 7% after the company, which supplies beryllium and alloy products, lifted its first-quarter projection. The company expects to report earnings of 25 cents to 30 cents a share and revenue of $163 million to $168 million. Previously, the company predicted earnings of 18 cents to 23 cents a share, with revenue of $148 million to $158 million. Analysts project earnings of 20 cents a share on revenue of $147.9 million. The company attributed the better-than-expected outlook to stronger demand across most of its markets. Shares were trading up $1.43 to $21.18.
XM Satellite Radio
( XMSR) rose 2% after the satellite radio company added more than 568,000 subscribers to its service during the first quarter, bringing its total subscriber count to more than 6.5 million. XM said it is on track to reach 9 million subscribers by the end of the year.
"The first quarter represented another solid quarter of growth in XM subscribers, and is consistent with our goal of nine million subscribers by year-end," the company said. "More importantly, our subscriber growth was achieved economically, with a substantial reduction in the cost to acquire a new subscriber as compared to the fourth quarter of 2005." Shares were trading up 53 cents to $22.80.
volume leaders included
( LU), up 4 cents to $3.09;
Advanced Micro Devices
, up 9 cents to $33.25;
, down 7 cents to $7.89;
, down 18 cents to $21.09;
( MOT), up 45 cents to $23.36;
, up 9 cents to $34.87;
, down 8 cents to $13.55;
, up 25 cents to $25.17;
( NT), up 3 cents to $3.08; and
, unchanged at $16.79.
Nasdaq volume leaders included
Level 3 Communications
, down 33 cents to $4.85;
, up 47 cents to $27.68;
, up 13 cents to $19.59;
, up 2 cents to $5.15;
Sirius Satellite Radio
, up 6 cents to $5.13;
, down 4 cents to $4.13;
, up 26 cents to $21.93; and
, up 96 cents to $63.68.