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Thursday's Late Winners & Losers

Alcoa was among the few winners after-hours.

A number of tech stocks were mired in the red after the close Thursday, but emerging as a winner was

Alcoa

(AA) - Get Report

.

The Pittsburgh aluminum maker

announced it will sell its packaging and consumer business, having "received strong indications from strategic buyers." The company also said it is closing in on a deal to sell its automotive castings business. The transactions should close by early 2008 and year-end, respectively.

The company also set plans to "significantly restructure" its electrical and electronic solutions business in the Americas and Europe. For all of the above, it will incur third-quarter charges totaling around $845 million. Shares traded up 0.9% to $38 in recent after-hours action.

On the flip side,

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

traded choppily despite in-line fiscal-second-quarter financials. The BlackBerry maker said earnings doubled from last year to 50 cents a share, or $287.7 million, and revenue more than doubled to $1.37 billion.

Still,

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investors were disappointed with the relatively ho-hum results, and shares of the Canadian company were recently losing 2.1% to $98.42.

One of the biggest price decliners after-hours was

SupportSoft

(SPRT) - Get Report

, which makes software for tech-problem resolution.

Shares fell 17.7% to $5.21 after the Redwood City, Calif. company lowered its 2007 bottom-line outlook to a non-GAAP loss of between 35 cents and 37 cents a share. That compares with the prior loss range of between 31 cents and 35 cents a share, and would come in at least a penny under the mean Street target.

SupportSoft also narrowed its expected third-quarter EPS loss, now expecting a loss of between 8 cents and 10 cents a share, instead of between 9 cents and 11 cents a share. The new range leans to the low end of consensus.

Fellow tech stock,

Lawson Software

(LWSN)

also issued soft guidance. The St. Paul, Minn. maker of business-application software projected a non-GAAP profit of 6 cents to 8 cents a share in the fiscal second quarter, which dips under the consensus range.

Lawson also reported 7-cent per-share income to

beat first-quarter estimates, but shares were still off 65 cents, or 5.9%, to $9.70.