Updated from 2:24 p.m. EST with new stock prices
Small-cap stocks generally shared the fate of the major indices Tuesday, giving back early-morning gains later in the day. The Russell 2000 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 were both down more than 3% at 766.27 and 398.25, respectively.
Among the day's biggest gainers was
. The New York children's entertainment company announced the Dec. 15 release of its Chaotic Trading Card Game. The multiplatform trading card game had a successful run in hobby shops, spurring expansion into f.y.e. and Suncoast stores nationwide, 4Kids said in a press release. Shares rose 6.2% to $12.78 in recent trading.
A game company of a different sort, Austin's
saw shares rise 6.6% to $9.38 on a solid rise in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. The maker of instant scratch tickets and video-gaming terminals posted income of $1.4 million, or 5 cents a share, vs. $100,000, or zero cents a share, in the year-ago period.
On the losing side, Houston's
NCI Building Systems
dropped 21.4% to $28.12 after reporting its fiscal fourth-quarter 2007 results. NCI reported a profit of $25.4 million, or $1.27 a share, compared with $28.1 million, or $1.33 a share, in the year-ago quarter. Excluding items, the company earned $1.30 a share in the fourth quarter, short of the $1.59 analysts were expecting. Revenue was $463.4 million, vs. $498.5 million a year ago. The company also guided for 2008 EPS between $3.35 and $3.70, short of analysts' mean expectation of $4.18.
North American Palladium
took a 15.8% hit to $3.40 as the Toronto-based miner of platinum-group metals priced a unit offering in Canda and the U.S. The offering's underwriters have agreed to buy 14 million units of the company for $4 each. Each unit consists of one common share and one half of a common share purchase warrant of North American Palladium. Each whole warrant entitles the holder to buy one common share at a price of $5.05 a share at any time up to two years from the date of the closing of this offering.
took a 12% dive to $5.93 after its largest shareholder, Sherborne Investors, mailed a letter to Nautilus investors urging them to elect its director nominees. The letter notes that the current board has overseen a 62% decline in Nautilus share value and asserts that the company needs to take new direction to maximize its value. Nautilus issued a press release to shareholders this morning that took issue with and addressed "some false and misleading statements made by Sherborne."