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shares surged in extended trading on Tuesday after the China-based Web television company said it's reached a deal with
Warner Bros. Studios
to stream the film "Inception" through its Youku Premium on-demand service.
The company said the agreement gives it both online on-demand broadcast rights and online resale rights to the film. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Shares of Youku.com were last quoted at $38.67, up 8.5%, on volume of around 205,000, according to
. The company is a recent entry to U.S. public markets, making its debut on Dec. 8 with the sale of almost 16 million common shares at $12.80 each, above a projected range $9-$11 per share.
One of the most heavily traded issues in after-hours action was
, which gained ground after reporting better than expected earnings for its latest quarter.
The Plymouth, Minn.-based provider of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients posted a profit of $1.03 billion, or $2.29 a share, for its fiscal second quarter ended on Nov. 30. These results included an after-tax gain of $570 million, or $1.28 a share, from an asset sale. On an operating basis, Mosaic said it earned $658.2 million in the latest quarter, well ahead of earnings of $200.1 million on the same basis last year, largely because of higher phosphate selling prices and increased potash volumes.
Backing out the gain, Mosaic earned $1.01 per share in the latest quarter. Sales leapt to $2.67 billion in the latest quarter from $1.71 billion a year ago, and gross margins swelled to 29% from 18% last year. The average estimate of analysts polled by
was for earnings of 91 cents a share on revenue of $2.42 billion in the November period.
Not surprisingly, management was sounding an optimistic tone.
"Mosaic is on pace for an outstanding year in fiscal 2011," said Jim Prokopanko, the company's president and CEO. He continued: "Market conditions are excellent and we are beginning calendar 2011 against a backdrop of expected record phosphate and potash demand, low producer inventories and a very lean global distribution pipeline."
The stock was last quoted at $77.52, up 3.4%, with volume running above 650,000. Mosaic is coming off a strong 2010 when the shares appreciated roughly 24%, and Wall Street was in wait-and-see mode ahead of the report with 13 of the 21 analysts covering the stock at hold (11), underperform (1) or sell (1), and the median 12-month price target for the stock sitting at $75.
plunged in late action after the chip maker cut its fourth-quarter financial outlook, citing order push-outs and cancellations.
The stock dropped almost 18% to $1.57 on after-hours volume of 150,000 after Trident said it now expects a non-GAAP operating loss of $18 million to $22 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, well beyond its prior view for an equivalent loss of $4 million to $8 million. The company also lowered its revenue guidance to between $115 million and $120 million for the period vs. a prior projection of $130 million to $140 million.
Trident makes semiconductors for digital televisions and set-top boxes and it said that the order push-outs and cancellations from its TV customers worsened what's already a "seasonally weak" quarter for the company. In addition, it saw a "slower than expected program ramp-up" and weakness in retail demand for its set-top box products.
Perhaps most alarming for Trident shareholders is the company's view that the issues that struck in the fourth quarter "will be even more pronounced" in its current quarter ending in March.
was another company in the semiconductor space that
The stock was last quoted at $2.17, down more than 15%, on volume of around 142,000.
Mattson now expects revenue of $41 million for the three months ended Dec. 31. The company forecast revenue within a range of $46 million to $50 million in late October and the current average estimate of analysts polled by
is for revenue of $49.1 million in the quarter.
The company didn't provide a specific per share loss view but rather said it expects its loss for the December period to be "significantly greater" than its prior forecast for between breakeven results and a loss of 4 cents a share. Wall Street's consensus estimate is for a loss of a penny per share in the quarter.
The cash balance at quarter's end is projected at $24 million vs. its outlook of $30 million to $33 million. Mattson explained the decline in cash and cash equivalents by saying it had already used its monies to buy inventory and complete the manufacturing of the tools that ended up being delayed.
Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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