Shares of

Dillard's

(DDS) - Get Report

were among the

NYSE's

winners Tuesday, soaring 19% after the department store chain posted an unexpected third-quarter profit.

The company earned $13.6 million, or 17 cents a share, in the third quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected a loss of a penny a share. During the year-earlier period, the company posted a loss of $2.7 million, or 3 cents a share. Dillard's revenue declined to $1.72 billion from $1.73 billion, while same-store sales fell 2%. Shares were up $5.50 to $34.71. The stock hit an intraday 52-week high of $35.18, surpassing the previous high of $33.87 hit Aug. 18.

Shares of

Dick's Sporting Goods

(DKS) - Get Report

jumped 8% after the retailer posted better-than-expected third-quarter results, boosted its guidance, and announced an acquisition. For the period ended Oct. 28, Dick's earned $7.8 million, or 14 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 5 cents a share. Revenue totaled $708.3 million, topping analysts' forecast of $679.2 million, while same-store sales jumped 8.9%. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $4.2 million, or 8 cents a share, on revenue of $582.7 million.

Looking ahead, Dick's now sees full-year earnings of $1.95 to $1.98 a share, up from an earlier view of $1.84 to $1.98 a share. Analysts project earnings of $1.88 a share.

Separately, Dick's said it agreed to acquire

Golf Galaxy

( GGXY) for $225 million, or $18.82 a share. The price represents a 19% premium to Golf Galaxy's closing price of $15.65 on Monday. Shares of Dick's recently were trading up $4.20 to $53.12; shares of Golf Galaxy vaulted $2.81, or 18%, to $18.46.

Pier 1

(PIR) - Get Report

shot up 15% after a report that a Danish investor plans to make a bid for the company.

Reuters

, citing sources familiar with the situation, said that European retail magnate Jakup al Dul Jacobsen is preparing a bid for the furniture chain. Jacobsen owns close to 10% of Pier 1, which has been seeking a buyer. The company said last month that it had received an indication of interest from an unnamed buyer, but that buyer broke off negotiations. Shares of Pier 1 recently were up 97 cents to $7.29.

Shares of

Applebee's International

(APPB)

fell 1% after the restaurant operator boosted its stock-buyback program and offered 2007 earnings guidance that failed to please investors. The company said that it added $150 million to its buyback program, which brings its total authorization to $251 million.

As for 2007, Applebee's projected earnings of $1.15 to $1.20 a share. Analysts had forecast earnings of $1.24 a share. Shares were trading down 25 cents to $23.75.

Shares of

BJ's Wholesale

(BJ) - Get Report

rose 1% after the warehouse-club chain beat Wall Street's earnings estimates. BJ's third-quarter earnings fell to $18.3 million, or 28 cents a share, from $27.8 million, or 41 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales rose 2.9% to $1.98 billion, while comparable-club sales increased 0.1%. Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 26 cents a share and sales of $2.03 billion. Shares were trading up 94 cents to $28.88.

Shares of

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

climbed 8% after the homebuilder reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter results. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company earned $277.7 million, or 88 cents a share, on revenue of $4.8 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 69 cents a share and revenue of $3.93 billion. A year earlier, Horton earned $563.8 million, or $1.77 a share, on revenue of $5.02 billion. Shares were trading at $24.13, up $1.75.

NYSE volume leaders included

EMC

(EMC)

, up 1 cent to $12.62;

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Report

, up 26 cents to $36.66;

Qwest

(Q)

, down 8 cents to $8.12;

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

, up 15 cents to $26.04;

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

, up $1.12 to $47.44;

Sprint Nextel

(S) - Get Report

, down 33 cents to $20.17;

Motorola

( MOT), up 22 cents to $21.39;

Ford

(F) - Get Report

, down 11 cents to $8.76;

Corning

(GLW) - Get Report

, up 31 cents to $21; and

Lucent Technologies

( LU), unchanged at $2.52.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, up 27 cents to $21.27;

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 7 cents to $29.32;

Cisco Systems

(CSCO) - Get Report

, down 16 cents to $26.52;

Sun Microsystems

(SUNW) - Get Report

, up 2 cents to $5.40;

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, down 3 cents to $4.08;

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, down 19 cents to $18.99; and

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

, up 32 cents to $18.37.