Updated from 5:06 p.m. ET to include latest share prices and additional information on Diamond Foods, Sonic Corp., and Sturm, Ruger & Co.
NEW YORK (
) -- Shares of
jumped in late trades on Wednesday after the footwear retailer topped Wall Street expectations for its fiscal fourth-quarter results.
The Evansville, Ind.-based company posted a profit of $3.3 million, or 24 cents a share, for the three months ended Jan. 28, down from year-ago equivalent earnings of $4.4 million, or 33 cents a share, but above the average estimate of analysts polled by
for earnings of 21 cents a share.
Total sales rose 1.1% year-over-year to $181.9 million, ahead of the consensus view of $180.9 million. Same-store sales fell 3% in the latest quarter.
The stock was last quoted at $29.09, up 9.7%, on volume of less than 20,000, according to
. Based on Wednesday's regular-session close at $26.50, the shares were up 3.2% year-to-date.
Mark Lemond, the company's president and chief executive officer, said the company was able to hit the high end of its earnings outlook despite weather-related margin pressures.
Consumer demand for fall footwear, particularly boots, declined significantly as a result of the unseasonably warm weather," Lemond said in a press release. "Consequently, heavy promotional activity was required during the fourth quarter to effectively sell through this inventory, thus reducing our sales and merchandise margin."
For its fiscal first quarter ending in April, Shoe Carnival forecast earnings of 75 to 77 cents a share on sales ranging from $219 million to $222 million with same-store sales rising 5.5-to-7% in the period. Wall Street's current consensus view is for earnings of 70 cents a share in the quarter.
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Discover Financial Services
ticked lower in the extended session despite the credit card company blowing past analyst expectations for its fiscal first quarter.
The Riverwoods, Ill.-based company reported net income of $631 million, or $1.18 a share, for the three months ended in February, ahead of the average estimate of analysts polled by
for a profit of 94 cents a share. Revenue came in at $1.84 billion, slightly above the consensus view of $1.82 billion.
The stock was last quoted at $31.40, down less than 1%, on volume of 440,000, according to
. At current levels, the shares are up more than 30% in 2012.
Discover said card sales volume rose 7% year-over-year to $25.6 billion in the quarter, and that the delinquency rate for credit card loans over 30 days past due came in at 2.22%, "an improvement of 137 basis points from the prior year, and 17 basis points from the prior quarter."
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Other companies making news after the bell included
, whose stock was off 1.3% to $25.32 on volume of more than 360,000 after the troubled snacks company inked a deal to amend its credit agreement that calls for it to suspend dividend payments;
, whose shares fell 5.2% to $7.63 on volume of more than 20,000 after the drive-in restaurant operator missed on the top line with its fiscal second-quarter results, reporting revenue of $115.1 million, below Wall Street's consensus view of $116.8 million; and
Sturm, Ruger & Co.
, whose stock advanced 11.1% to $46.98 on volume of nearly 20,000 after the gun maker said it's received orders for more than one million units in the first quarter.
Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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