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Shares of

Martin Marietta Materials

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were among the


winners Thursday, rising 6% after the construction materials company's fourth-quarter results and 2006 forecast easily topped expectations.

The company posted fourth-quarter earnings of $47.8 million, or $1.02 a share, on sales of $503.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 90 cents a share and sales of $461.8 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $37 million, or 77 cents a share, on sales of $436.1 million.

Looking ahead, Martin Marietta sees first-quarter earnings of 30 cents to 45 cents a share. For the full year, the company sees earnings of $4.90 to $5.25 a share. Analysts project first-quarter earnings of 22 cents a share and full-year earnings of $4.54 a share. Shares were trading up $5.36 to $94.51.

Corrections Corp. of America

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rose 5% after the provider of corrections management services posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. The company earned $23.4 million, or 58 cents a share, on sales of $317.2 million. Excluding items, the company earned 60 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 57 cents a share and sales of $310.6 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $14.9 million, or 38 cents a share, on sales of $288.5 million.

Looking ahead, the company sees first-quarter earnings of 47 cents to 50 cents a share, including stock-based compensation costs. Analysts project earnings of 46 cents a share. Shares were trading up $1.94 to $43.24.

Shares of


( OO) tumbled 12% after the sunglasses and clothing maker reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter results and announced a realignment plan. The company's preliminary fourth-quarter net income, which is still subject to an audit and evaluation of accounting for foreign currency hedging, fell to $9.2 million, or 13 cents a share, from $10 million, or 15 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales rose to $162.4 million from $153 million. Analysts expected earnings of 16 cents a share and sales of $166 million.

Looking ahead, Oakley said it plans to make several moves to boost earnings and return on investment. These moves include refocusing the company on eyewear, realigning its apparel business, exiting a significant portion of its footwear business, and increasing investments in brand development. Oakley predicts 2006 sales growth will be up 10%, with earnings flat with 2005. The company's 2005 sales came in at $648.1 million, while earnings were 75 cents a share. For the first quarter, Oakley predicts earnings of 1 cent to 3 cents a share. Analysts target first-quarter earnings of 12 cents a share and 2006 earnings of 89 cents a share. Oakley shares were down $1.91 to $14.33.


( GTW) fell 3% after the computer company said its chief executive resigned. Wayne Inouye, who joined the company in March 2004 as part of Gateway's acquisition of eMachines, left the company to pursue other interests, Gateway said. Chairman Rick Synder will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. Inouye's resignation comes just a week after Gateway posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter results. Shares were trading down 7 cents to $2.44.

Shares of

Best Buy

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gained 8% after the consumer electronics retailer lifted its fourth-quarter earnings guidance. The company now sees earnings from continuing operations of $1.25 to $1.30 a share for the quarter ending in February. Previously, Best Buy projected it would post earnings at the high end of its $1.06 to $1.16 earnings-per-share guidance. Analysts project earnings of $1.16 a share. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $1.04 a share. Same-store sales growth is now seen at 6% to 7%, up from Best Buy's earlier view of 3% to 5%. "The strong revenue results, a better-than-expected promotional environment and tighter expense controls are driving the earnings results above our prior guidance range," the company said. Shares were trading up $4.07 to $52.90.

NYSE volume leaders included


(PFE) - Get Free Report

, down 4 cents to $26.33;

Lucent Technologies

( LU), up 3 cents to $2.73;

General Electric

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, up 15 cents to $32.89;

Nortel Networks

( NT), up 2 cents to $3;

United Microelectronics

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, up 8 cents to $3.18;

Exxon Mobil

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, up 53 cents to $60.92; and


( MOT), up 11 cents to $21.80.


volume leaders included

Cisco Systems

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, up 48 cents to $19.88;


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, up 44 cents to $21.11;

Vitesse Semiconductor


, up 39 cents to $3.26;

Sirius Satellite Radio

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, down 3 cents to $5.95;


(ORCL) - Get Free Report

, up 2 cents to $12.59;


(MSFT) - Get Free Report

, unchanged at $26.91; and

Applied Materials

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, up 45 cents to $20.55.