Updated from 12:28 p.m. EDT
Nutritional supplement maker
was among the
losers Wednesday, as shares fell 7.2% after the company reported weak May sales.
NBTY posted total sales of $166 million, up slightly from year-ago sales of $164 million. For the two-month period of April and May, the company posted total sales of $329 million, up from last year's $320 million. North American retail same-store sales fell 2%, while European same-store sales rose 3% for the two-month period. Shares were down $3.54 to $45.95.
rose 2.1% after the electric utility reaffirmed its 2007 adjusted earnings guidance. The company continues to see earnings of $4 to $4.30 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial project earnings of $4.34 a share. Shares closed up $1.45 to $72.10.
, the technical school operator, gained 7.9% after an analyst upgrade. First Analysis Securities upgraded the stock from equal weight to overweight. The company also was preparing to make an investor presentation that can be viewed on the Web Wednesday afternoon. Shares jumped $2.62 to $35.76.
rose modestly after the heavy equipment company boosted its quarterly dividend by 20%. The company will now pay 36 cents a quarter, up from its previous payout of 30 cents a share. "This increase reflects the board of directors' continued confidence in Caterpillar's long-term outlook," the company said. "Our broad global reach and business diversity are enabling our continued success, and we're pleased to reward our stockholders with consistent dividend growth." Shares were up $1.85, or 2.4%, to $79.93.
gained 6.6% on no major news. The trans-ocean shipping company's shares were up $1.36 to $21.88.