Thursday's Winners & Losers: Matrix Service - TheStreet

Updated from 12:11 p.m. EDT

Shares of

Matrix Service

(MTRX) - Get Report

were among the

Nasdaq's

winners Thursday, rising 14.8% after the industrial services company posted third-quarter earnings that easily beat expectations.

For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the company earned $6.2 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of $168.7 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 17 cents a share on revenue of $133.9 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $1.8 million, or 8 cents a share, on revenue of $119.6 million.

Looking ahead, Matrix now sees full-year revenue of $630 million to $640 million, up from its earlier projection of $560 million to $580 million. Analysts project revenue of $559.8 million. Shares closed up $3.16 to $24.57.

M&F Worldwide

( MFW) jumped 23.6% after the Department of Justice granted earlier termination of the waiting period needed to approve the company's merger with

John H. Harland

( JH). In December, M&F agreed to acquire Harland for $52.75 a share in cash. The deal, which was approved by shareholders on March 28, is now expected to close during the second quarter. Shares closed up $11.58 to $60.65.

Shares of

NeuStar

(NSR)

rose 7.5% after the business services company said that first-quarter earnings would be above expectations. The company sees adjusted earnings of $20.9 million to $21.9 million, or 27 cents to 28 cents a share. It expects revenue of $96.5 million to $97.5 million. Analysts project earnings of 22 cents a share on revenue of $97.2 million. For the full year, the company sees adjusted earnings of $1.30 to $1.35 a share on revenue of $428 million to $438 million. Analysts project earnings of $1.07 a share on revenue of $433.9 million. Shares closed up $2.07 to $29.81.

Rockwell Automation

(ROK) - Get Report

slid 5.6% after the industrial automation equipment manufacturer announced the resignation of its chief financial officer. The company said that James Gelly resigned so that he could pursue other challenges and opportunities. Theodore Crandall will replace Gelly on an interim basis. Rockwell is now in the process of finding a full-time replacement for Gelly. Shares closed down $3.46to $58.07.

Shares of

NBTY

( NTY) fell 1.9% after the vitamin maker previewed second-quarter revenue below expectations. For the period ended March 31, the company expects revenue of $507 million, up from $482 million a year ago. Analysts project revenue of $513.2 million. Shares closed down $1.02 to $52.29.

NYSE

volume leaders included

Micron Technology

(MU) - Get Report

, down 56 cents to $11.51;

Kraft Foods

( KFT), up 86 cents to $31.58;

Time Warner

(TWX)

, up 43 cents to $21.04;

Ford

(F) - Get Report

, down 3 cents to $8.01;

Realogy

(H) - Get Report

, up 1 cent to $29.89;

Corning

(GLW) - Get Report

, up 47 cents to $23.59;

Peabody Energy

(BTU) - Get Report

, up 95 cents to $43.74;

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

, up 3 cents to $25.84; and

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

, down 9 cents to $35.02.

Nasdaq volume leaders included

Sun Microsystems

(SUNW) - Get Report

, up 7 cents to $5.93;

WebMethods

( WEBM), up $1.98 to $9.26;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, up 20 cents to $19.58;

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

, up $1.65 to $58.33;

Rackable Systems

(RACK)

, down $2.64 to $14.24;

Cisco Systems

(CSCO) - Get Report

, down 4 cents to $26.06; and

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 5 cents to $28.55.