were among the
winners Tuesday, rising more than 8% after the financial-data provider posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.
For the period ended Aug. 31, the company earned $23.4 million, or 46 cents a share, on revenue of $105.2 million. Excluding certain items, the company earned $24.5 million, or 48 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 42 cents a share on revenue of $103.9 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $18.6 million, or 37 cents a share, on revenue of $82.8 million.
Looking ahead, FactSet sees first-quarter revenue of $106 million to $109 million. One analyst projects revenue of $105.9 million. Shares were trading up $3.52 to $49.17.
rose 4% after the auto-parts retailer posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. For the period ended Aug. 26, the company earned $213.5 million, or $2.92 a share, up from $206.6 million, or $2.66 a share, last year. Analysts expected earnings of $2.79 a share. AutoZone's revenue rose to $1.94 billion from $1.88 billion a year earlier, while same-store sales fell 0.9%. Wall Street expected revenue of $1.88 billion. AutoZone shares were up $4.07 to $98.17.
fell 2% after the freight-transportation services company cut its third-quarter earnings projection. The company now sees earnings of $1.10 to $1.15 a share, down from an earlier view of $1.21 to $1.29 a share. Analysts, on average, predict earnings of $1.24 a share. The company blamed the revision on lower volumes in its Con-Way Freight business. Con-Way also said that changes to earnings recognition for Vector SCM, a joint venture with
, would lower earnings per share by a nickel. Con-Way was down 89 cents to $44.91.
( IEDU) slid 12% after the provider of investment education services said it plans to buy thinkorswim, an online brokerage firm, for about $340 million in cash and stock. Half of the purchase will be paid in cash, with the remainder to be paid in the form of 19.1 million Investools shares. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2007. Shares of Investools were trading down $1.16 to $8.30.
rose 1% after the retailer boosted its September same-store sales forecast. The company now sees same-store sales that will be "surrounding 5%," the company said on a prerecorded call. Previously, the company projected growth of 3% to 5%. Shares were trading up 69 cents to $54.27.
fell 5% after the homebuilder warned that it will be difficult to meet its guidance for 2006. The company said new orders in July and August fell 38% from a year earlier to 1,261 homes, while cancellations increased 38%. The company expects third-quarter earnings will be at the low end or slightly below its guidance. In July, Meritage predicted third-quarter earnings of $2.15 to $2.40 a share. For the year, the company said that increased cancellations, weaker prices and potential asset write-offs make it difficult to achieve its guidance. Shares were trading at $41.86, down $2.42.
NYSE volume leaders Tuesday included
( LU), down 5 cents to $2.24;
, down 14 cents to $7.68;
( SBL), up 2 cents to $14.69;
, up 19 cents to $17.33;
, up 21 cents to $23.01;
, down 95 cents to $38.31;
, down 15 cents to $28.01; and
, down 17 cents to $34.70.
most active stocks included
, down $3.42 to $25.58;
, down 6 cents to $16.19;
Sirius Satellite Radio
, down 13 cents to $3.98;
, down 5 cents to $5.07;
, down 31 cents to $22.53;
, down 33 cents to $1.75; and
, down 3 cents to $26.76.