Wednesday's Winners & Losers: Blyth - TheStreet

Updated from 11:52 a.m.

Shares of

Blyth

(BTH)

were among the

NYSE's

winners Wednesday, soaring 13.3% after the maker of candles and home fragrances posted fourth-quarter earnings that blew past estimates.

For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the company posted adjusted earnings of $39.8 million, or $1 a share, on revenue of $379.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 60 cents a share on revenue of $382.8 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company reported adjusted earnings of $25.8 million, or 63 cents a share, on revenue of $380.7 million.

Looking ahead, Blyth sees fiscal 2008 adjusted earnings of $1.22 to $1.27 a share, in line with the $1.25 a share that analysts project. Shares closed up $2.84 to $24.19.

Acuity Brands

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rose 9.9% after the lighting and chemicals company posted better-than-expected second-quarter results. For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the company earned $24.4 million, or 55 cents a share, on revenue of $575.4 million. Results included a pretax charge of $2.3 million, or 7 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 49 cents a share on revenue of $574.6 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $14.5 million, or 32 cents a share, on revenue of $549.6 million.

"Looking at the remainder of the fiscal year, we remain confident that the company will attain or exceed many of our stated long-term financial goals of operating margin expansion, earnings growth and cash flow generation by continuing to drive key initiatives to enhance pricing, introduce new products and improve productivity," the company said. Shares closed up $5.46 to $60.51.

Shares of

Robbins & Myers

(RBN)

jumped 16.1% after the industrial equipment company posted second-quarter earnings that fell slightly below expectations but boosted full-year earnings guidance and said that third-quarter earnings would be better than Wall Street's forecast.

For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the company earned $7.9 million, or 46 cents a share, on revenue of $162.5 million. Analysts expected earnings of 47 cents a share on revenue of $163.8 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $1.2 million, or 8 cents a share, on revenue of $150 million.

Looking ahead, Robbins & Myers sees third-quarter earnings of 52 cents to 62 cents a share, ahead of the 50 cents a share that analysts project. The company now sees full-year earnings of $2.20 to $2.40 a share, up from an earlier forecast of $2.10 to $2.30 a share. Analysts project full-year earnings of $2.30 a share. Shares closed up $6.14 to $44.30.

Monsanto

(MON)

rose 3.2% after the agricultural products company posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and boosted full-year guidance. For the period ended Feb. 28, the company earned $543 million, or 98 cents a share, on revenue of $2.62 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 94 cents a share on revenue of $2.44 billion. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $440 million, or 80 cents a share, on revenue of $2.2 billion.

Looking ahead, Monsanto now sees full-year earnings of $1.60 to $1.65 a share. Previously, the company said that it would post earnings that would be at the high end of the range between $1.50 to $1.57 a share. Analysts project earnings of $1.62 a share. Shares closed up $1.79 to $57.79.

Shares of

Greenbrier

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tumbled 16.9% after the supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry posted second-quarter results that were well below expectations. For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the company posted adjusted earnings of $4 million, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $240 million. Analysts expected earnings of 54 cents a share on revenue of $294.8 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $8.6 million, or 54 cents a share, on revenue of $236.2 million.

Looking ahead, Greenbrier said that it is withdrawing its previous earnings guidance for 2007 and suspending guidance for the rest of the year. "Certainly, we are not pleased with our overall results," the company said. "Manufacturing continues to be adversely affected by a slowdown in demand for double-stack and forest-product cars, which we have traditionally produced in North America, operating losses at our Canadian facility and higher-than-anticipated labor hours on certain marine and railcar orders." Shares closed down $4.52 to $22.20.

NYSE volume leaders included

Kraft Foods

( KFT), up 39 cents to $30.72;

Micron Technology

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, down 16 cents to $12.07;

First Data

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, down 5 cents to $32.28;

Ford

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, down 4 cents to $8.04;

General Electric

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, down 21 cents to $35.11; and

Altria

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, up 79 cents to $70.44.

Nasdaq

volume leaders included

Sun Microsystems

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, up 7 cents to $5.86;

Microsoft

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, up 63 cents to $28.50;

Cell Genesys

( CEGE), down 50 cents to $5.20;

Cisco Systems

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, up 25 cents to $26.10;

Sirius Satellite Radio

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, flat at $3.09;

Intel

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, up 7 cents to $19.38; and

Dendreon

(DNDN)

, up 43 cents to $15.08.