Shares of

Outback Steakhouse

(OSI)

were among the

NYSE's

losers Wednesday, tumbling 11% after the restaurant operator posted fourth-quarter results that fell well below Wall Street forecasts and warned that 2006 earnings would be lower than expected.

The company earned $28.1 million, or 37 cents a share, in the fourth quarter. Excluding charges related to impairments and the hurricanes, the company earned $34.7 million, or 46 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 55 cents a share, before items. Outback posted total sales of $918.3 million, below analysts' forecast of $930.6 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $37.6 million, or 49 cents a share, on sales of $822.7 million.

Looking ahead, Outback sees 2006 earnings of $1.89 to $1.98 a share excluding stock-based compensation costs. Analysts project earnings of $2.53 a share. Outback shares recently were down $4.80 to $39.86.

Stratasys

(SSYS) - Get Report

jumped 21% after the maker of 3D printers posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and reaffirmed its 2006 guidance. The company earned $3.1 million, or 30 cents a share, on sales of $23.5 million in the fourth quarter. Analysts expected earnings of 25 cents a share and sales of $22.2 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $2.3 million, or 21 cents a share, on sales of $19.4 million.

Stratasys continues to project 2006 earnings of $1.15 to $1.25 a share, excluding stock-based compensation costs. The company expects full-year sales of $98 million to $102 million. Analysts project earnings of $1.18 a share, with sales of $98.2 million. Stratasys shares were trading up $4.87 to $28.30.

Shares of

PlanetOut

(LGBT)

climbed 15% after the media company, which serves the gay and lesbian community, posted fourth-quarter results that topped expectations. The company earned $678,000, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $13.3 million. Excluding stock-based compensation costs, the company earned $1.4 million, or 8 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 5 cents a share and sales of $10.7 million. During the year-earlier period, the company posted adjusted earnings of $318,000, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $7.1 million.

Looking ahead, PlanetOut predicts that its first-quarter results will range from a loss of $200,000 to break-even. Analysts project earnings of 2 cents a share. The company forecast sales of $15.5 million to $16.5 million, above analysts' estimate of $12.8 million. Shares were trading up $1.21 to $9.20.

Keane

(KEA)

rose 3% after the information-technology services company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. The company earned $10.2 million, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $246.3 million. On a "cash" earnings basis, which excludes items, the company earned 20 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 12 cents a share and sales of $244.7 million. A year earlier, the company earned $10.6 million, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $229.2 million. Cash earnings were 20 cents a share a year ago.

Looking ahead, Keane sees cash earnings per share of 14 cents to 16 cents, with sales of $240 million to $250 million. The guidance includes stock-based compensation costs. Analysts project earnings, excluding stock-based compensation costs, of 15 cents a share and sales of $249.8 million. Keane shares were up 28 cents to $10.84.

Shares of

Yankee Candle

(YCC)

rose 9% after the candle maker posted fourth-quarter earnings that topped forecasts. The company earned $43.4 million, or $1.01 a share, on sales of $236.9 million. Excluding items, the company posted earnings of $46.8 million, or $1.09 a share. Analysts expected earnings of $1.04 a share, before items. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $48 million, or $1 a share, on sales of $218.9 million.

Yankee Candle sees adjusted first-quarter earnings of 24 cents to 25 cents a share and sales growth of 6% to 8%. For the full year, the company sees adjusted earnings of $2.01 to $2.07 a share on sales growth of 6% to 8%. Analysts project full-year earnings of $1.98 a share and sales of $633.7 million, or sales growth of about 5%. The company's shares recently gained $2.34 to $29.35.

NYSE volume leaders Wednesday included

Lucent Technologies

(LU)

, up 4 cents to $2.87;

Seagate Technology

(STX) - Get Report

, up 42 cents to $26.46;

Time Warner

(TWX)

, down 18 cents to $17.99;

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

, down 17 cents to $25.33;

Verizon

(VZ) - Get Report

, up 57 cents to $34.09;

Valero Energy

(VLO) - Get Report

, up $1.05 to $50.80; and

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

, unchanged at $59.55.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

, up $1.34 to $73.27;

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, up 15 cents to $5.79;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, up 2 cents to $21.39;

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

, up $1.82 to $69.46;

Cisco Systems

(CSCO) - Get Report

, up 13 cents to $19.83;

Sun Microsystems

(SUNW) - Get Report

, down 5 cents to $4.34;

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 11 cents to $26.76; and

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, up 6 cents to $12.46.