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Shares of

Barnes Group

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were among the


winners Thursday, jumping 12% after the diversified manufacturer posted solid third-quarter results and boosted its guidance.

The company posted net income of $18.9 million, or 35 cents a share, up from $15.4 million, or 31 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales rose 19% to $322 million from $271.5 million last year, with strength in each of the company's three segments. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had expected earnings of 31 cents a share and sales of $304.4 million.

For all of 2006, Barnes forecast earnings per share of $1.33 to $1.35, up from its prior view of $1.28 to $1.33. Analysts expect earnings of $1.31 a share, according to First Call. Shares of Barnes were adding $2.15 to $20.40.


( MHP) shares rose 5% after the publisher reported a better-than-expected third-quarter profit and raised its full-year earnings target. The company posted income of $382.3 million, or $1.06 a share, up from $381.3 million, or $1 a share, a year earlier. The earnings per share for the latest period included 3 cents in restructuring charges and 3 cents from stock options costs. Analysts had an average estimate for earnings of $1 a share.

For the full year, McGraw-Hill raised its earnings forecast to $2.53 to $2.55 a share, excluding charges. The company previously projected earnings of $2.44 to $2.49 a share. Analysts, on average, predict earnings per share of $2.41 for 2006. McGraw-Hill shares recently changed hands at $62.27, up $3.24.

Shares of

Peabody Energy

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rose 4% after the coal company posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings. The company earned $142 million, or 53 cents a share, up from $113.3 million, or 42 cents a share, a year earlier. Peabody's revenue climbed to $1.27 billion from $1.22 billion last year. Analysts expected earnings of 44 cents a share and revenue of $1.4 billion.

For the full year, Peabody continues to expect earnings of $2 to $2.43 a share. Analysts, on average, forecast earnings of $2.21 a share. Shares were trading up $1.75 to $42.70.

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Shares of

Accredited Home Lenders

( LEND) tumbled 12% after the mortgage lender warned that full-year earnings would be below its previous guidance of $4.50 to $5 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call project earnings of $4.78 a share. The company said "increasing turbulence" has hurt its ability to meet projections. In particular, Accredited said its results are being hit by lower-than-expected origination volumes, higher delinquency rates, and whole loan premiums and securitization returns that are being pressured. Shares were down $4.04 to $30.86.

Investors Financial Services

( IFIN) slid 10% after the company, which provides services to asset managers, posted third-quarter results that fell short of Wall Street's forecast. The company earned $36.4 million, or 54 cents a share, on net operating revenue of $193.9 million. Analysts expected earnings of 56 cents a share and revenue of $197.2 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $35.2 million, or 53 cents a share, on revenue of $169.3 million.

Looking ahead, Investors Financial sees 2006 earnings of $2.25 to $2.30 a share on net operating revenue growth of 14%. The guidance includes a tax benefit of 8 cents a share. Analysts project earnings of $2.27 a share and revenue of $799 million, or revenue growth of 15%. Shares were trading down $4.15 to $38.51.

Shares of

Briggs & Stratton

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sank 10% after the maker of power tools posted first-quarter results that were well below expectations. The company reported a loss of $18 million, or 36 cents a share, for the September quarter, reversing a year-earlier profit of $4.7 million, or 9 cents a share. Analysts expected a loss of 23 cents a share. Revenue tumbled to $338.2 million from $511.7 million last year, and missed Wall Street's projection of $442 million.

Briggs & Stratton sees second-quarter results ranging from break even to a loss of $5 million. Analysts had forecast a second-quarter profit of 43 cents a share. Shares were trading down $2.87 to $25.99.

The NYSE's volume leaders were

Advanced Micro Devices

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, down $2.45 to $21.78;

Cypress Semiconductor

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, down $1.81 to $17.16;


(NOK) - Get Nokia Oyj Sponsored ADR Report

, down 62 cents to $19.25;


(PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report

, up 24 cents to $28.34;


(ET) - Get Energy Transfer, L.P. Report

, down $1.31 to $21.49;


( MOT), down 22 cents to $23.42;

Boston Scientific

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, up 77 cents to $15.91; and


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, up 96 cents to $33.90.


top volume movers included

Apple Computer

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, up $5 to $79.53;


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation (INTC) Report

, down 12 cents to $20.99;

Citrix Systems

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, down $6.68 to $28.38;


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, up $1.89;

Sun Microsystems

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, up 4 cents to $5.24;

Cisco Systems

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, down 36 cents to $23.82;


(MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report

, down 7 cents to $28.44;



, up 49 cents to $23.48;

Level 3 Communications


, down 8 cents to $5.69;


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, down $1.22 to $23.48; and

Applied Materials

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, down 16 cents to $17.66.