Shares of

OfficeMax

(OMX)

were among the

NYSE's

winners Thursday, soaring 14% after the office supplies retailer posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.

The company posted a loss of $25.1 million, or 37 cents a share, on revenue of $2.42 billion. Excluding various charges and a loss from discontinued operations, the company earned $55.7 million, or 77 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 33 cents a share. During the year-earlier quarter, the company recorded a loss of $5.3 million, or 7 cents a share, on revenue of $2.32 billion. Excluding items, OfficeMax had a year-ago profit of $17.7 million, or 17 cents a share, during the year-earlier quarter.

"Our first quarter 2006 operating results were quite strong, including substantial gross margin expansion and strong expense control in both our contract and retail segments," the company said. Shares were trading up $4.74 to $38.09.

Bunge

(BG) - Get Report

fell 4% after the oilseed processor posted first-quarter earnings that fell short of expectations and lowered its 2006 guidance. The company earned $58 million, or 48 cents a share, on revenue of $5.6 billion. Excluding items but including stock-based compensation costs, the company earned $74 million, or 61 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 69 cents a share on that basis, with revenue of $5.45 billion. During the year-earlier period, Bunge earned $98 million, or 82 cents a share. Excluding items, year-ago earnings were $79 million, or 66 cents a share.

Bunge now sees 2006 earnings of $495 million to $515 million, or $4.08 to $4.25 a share. The forecast includes 6 cents a share in stock-based compensation costs and the charges recorded in the first quarter. Previously, the company said projected it would earn $520 million to $540 million, or $4.29 to $4.45 a share. That guidance included 5 cents a share in stock-based compensation costs. Analysts project earnings of $4.24 a share. Bunge shares were down $2.34 to $55.66.

Shares of

Raytheon

(RTN) - Get Report

rose 1% after the defense contractor posted better-than-expected first-quarter earnings. The company earned $287 million, or 64 cents a share, on revenue of $5.15 billion. Excluding items, the company earned $275 million, or 61 cents a share, topping Wall Street's forecast of 53 cents. Revenue totaled $5.15 billion, compared with analysts' forecast of $5.2 billion. During the year-earlier quarter, Raytheon earned $196 million, or 43 cents a share, on revenue of $4.9 billion. Excluding items, earnings were $208 million, or 46 cents a share, during the year-earlier quarter.

Looking ahead, Raytheon now sees 2006 earnings from continuing operations of $2.55 to $2.65 a share, up from an earlier view of $2.45 to $2.55 a share. The company continues to expect revenue of $23.1 billion to $23.6 billion. Analysts project earnings of $2.56 a share and revenue of $23.4 billion. Shares were trading up 55 cents to $45.73.

Navteq

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slumped 17% after the navigation systems company posted first-quarter earnings that missed expectations. The company earned $16.2 million, or 17 cents a share, down from $16.8 million, or 18 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts expected earnings of 21 cents a share. Revenue rose to $122.3 million from $104.7 million, matching analysts' estimate. Shares were down $9.16 to $43.94.

Ball Corp.

(BLL) - Get Report

shares bounced 7% lower after the maker of metal cans posted first-quarter earnings that were below Wall Street's forecast. The company's profit dropped to $44.6 million, or 43 cents a share, from $58.6 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales rose to $1.37 billion from $1.32 billion. Analysts predicted earnings of 50 cents a share and sales of $1.36 billion.

Looking ahead, the company forecast "further challenges" in 2006, including lower results from its aerospace and technologies segment and in China, but it expects overall results to improve over 2005. Shares recently changed hands at $40.45, down $3.24.

Shares of

Centex

(CTX)

fell 8% after the homebuilder posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The company posted earnings from continuing operations of $375.8 million, or $2.92 a share, on revenue of $4.55 billion. The results included a charge of 14 cents a share related to writing down land options. Analysts expected earnings of $3.11 a share on revenue of $4.42 billion. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $334.1 million, or $2.49 a share, on revenue of $3.63 billion.

Centex sees first-quarter earnings of $1.35 to $1.45 a share. The company now sees fiscal 2007 earnings of $8.50 to $10 a share, down from an earlier view of $10.75 to $11.25 a share. Analysts project first-quarter earnings of $2.10 a share and full-year earnings of $10.50 a share. Shares were trading down $4.90 to $55.85.

NYSE volume leaders included

Lucent Technologies

( LU), down 9 cents to $2.78;

Time Warner

(TWX)

, up 31 cents to $17.20;

Sprint Nextel

(S) - Get Report

, down 5 cents to $24.30;

Aetna

(AET)

, down $8.33 to $38.10;

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

, down 66 cents to $62.44;

UnitedHealth Group

(UNH) - Get Report

, down $1.43 to $47.54; and

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

, up 39 cents to $34.52.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, up 25 cents to $14.97;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, up 11 cents to $19.60;

Vitesse Semiconductor

(VTSS)

, down 62 cents to $1.89;

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 17 cents to $27.27;

Comcast

(CMCSA) - Get Report

, up $1.24 to $30.44;

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, down 7 cents to $4.74;

JDSU

(JDSU)

, down 8 cents to $3.50; and

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

, up 18 cents to $20.91.