The somewhat sluggish regular session was punctuated by the more successful financial sector Wednesday, but some financial stocks -- most notably,
-- caught up to those losses after hours.
The most heavily traded stock, however, was a
. The online auctioneer made 34% more than last year in the first quarter -- $460 million (on a non-GAAP basis), or 33 cents a share, compared with Thomson Financial's 30-cent analysts' estimates. Sales of $1.77 billion topped targets, as well. Shares added 2.4% to $35.28 in recent after-hours action.
Among other late winners, staffing-services firm
soared 28.9% to $23.45 after handily beating top- and bottom-line first-quarter earnings estimates, as well as announcing a $100 million buyback program.
shot up by 51.8% on its own stock repurchase authorization for 500,000 shares. The Michigan-based bank surged $14.98 to $43.92.
Returning to the post-bell financial losers, online broker E*Trade was among the most heavily traded after
full-year 2007 guidance to range between $1.55 to $1.75 a share. This leans slightly to the lower end of the consensus. Shares trailed $1.03, or 4.7%, to $21.10.
First Horizon National
was also on the downswing, lately losing 3.2% to $39.90 after posting lower-than-expected first-quarter income of 55 cents a share.
shares were off 0.7% to $23 on news of a $160 million equity-unit offering, with an underwriter's option of around $24 million to cover any overallotments, and credit-card processor
Alliance Data Systems
sank 3.8% to $63.80 despite beating projections and raising its full-year cash-earnings guidance.
slid 19.5% to $10.05, meanwhile, after the Sunnyvale, Calif., chipmaker's first-quarter loss was
more than twice
what the Street was expecting. The firm's $627.8 million revenue was also well under estimates. Semiconductor-equipment maker
lost 2.8% at $31.81 after
missing income estimates
by 2 cents.
Elsewhere, power-conversion-products maker
cut its guidance to a loss of 14 cents a share on $124 million in revenue, down from its prior upside forecast. Analysts are seeking penny-a-share profits on $129.6 million in revenue. Shares were sinking 11.5% to $4.85.
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