were among the
winners Thursday, soaring 14% after the consulting firm posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and forecast 2007 revenue above expectations.
The company's fourth-quarter profit totaled $17.4 million, or 42 cents a share, on revenue of $216.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 37 cents a share and revenue of $194.4 million. During the year-earlier quarter, FTI earned $18.3 million, or 46 cents a share, on revenue of $165.8 million.
For 2007, FTI sees revenue of $904 million to $929 million. Analysts, on average, had forecast revenue of $887.1 million. Shares were trading up $4.01 to $33.02.
rose 2% after the heavy equipment maker announced a $7.5 billion stock repurchase plan. The company plans to complete the buyback within the next five years. Meanwhile, Caterpillar expects to complete its current stock buyback, valued at $6.4 billion, during the next few months. Shares were trading up $1.35 to $67.51.
surged 10% after the clothing seller posted strong fourth-quarter results, set a stock split and declared its first dividend. For the fourth quarter, the company earned $45.7 million, or 99 cents a share, on revenue of $346.4 million. Analysts expected earnings of 93 cents a share and revenue of $330.1 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $25.8 million, or 57 cents a share, on revenue of $276.6 million.
Guess? also announced a 2-for-1 stock split, which will be payable March 12 to shareholders of record on Feb. 26. Additionally, the company initiated a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents a share, which will be payable on March 12 to shareholders of record on Feb. 26. Shares were trading up $7.33 to $81.91.
rose 7% after the heavy equipment maker beat Wall Street's earnings expectation. The company's fourth-quarter earnings jumped to $100.9 million, or 97 cents a share, from $34.8 million, or 34 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $2.03 billion from $1.57 billion. Analysts anticipated earnings of 93 cents a share and revenue of $1.9 billion. Shares were trading up $4.64 to $65.44.
slid 9% after the oil services company's fourth-quarter results missed analysts' projections. The company earned $326.2 million, or $1.02 a share, on revenue of $2.45 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.19 a share on revenue of $2.46 billion. A year earlier, Baker Hughes earned $257.9 million, or 75 cents a share, on revenue of $1.99 billion. Shares were trading down $6.43 to $65.51.
dropped 5% after the credit reporting company announced a deal to buy
for about $1.2 billion. The deal will consist of 75% Equifax stock and 25% cash, with Talx shareholders electing to receive either 0.861 Equifax shares or $35.50 in cash per share. As a whole, Equifax will issue about 22 million shares of stock and pay approximately $300 million in cash. The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter or early in the third. Shares of Equifax recently were down $1.98 to $39.93, while Talx shares were surging $2.94, or 9.2%, to $34.99.
NYSE volume leaders included
, down 7 cents to $19.14;
, down 33 cents to $36.14;
, down 16 cents to $26.42;
Bank of America
, up 1 cent to $54.06;
, up 3 cents to $8.54;
, down 22 cents to $21.26; and
, down 43 cents to $30.27.
volume leaders included
, down 5 cents to $6.35;
, up $2.78 to $40.85;
, up 37 cents to $29.40;
, up 30 cents to $21.20;
, up 37 cents to $27.56;
Sirius Satellite Radio
, up 3 cents to $3.60; and
, up 11 cents to $16.72.