Shares of Charlotte Russe ( CHIC) were among Nasdaq's winners Friday, rising 18% after the young-women's clothing retailer increased its fourth-quarter earnings outlook. The company now expects to report earnings of 25 cents to 27 cents a share, up from its earlier view of 16 cents to 20 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been expecting earnings of 20 cents a share for the fourth quarter ended Sept. 24. The company also said that sales rose 30% during the quarter, while same-store sales increased 12.9%. In July, Charlotte Russe had said it expected to post a mid-single-digit increase in same-store sales. "We are very pleased with the improved sales trends created during this past quarter," the company said. "Our business continues to focus on market share, and the competitive sectors, within which we operate, continue to be very promotional." Charlotte Russe will report its fourth-quarter results on Nov. 4. Shares recently were trading up $2.58 to $17.17. Vintage Petroleum ( VPI) rose 27% after the company agreed to be acquired by Occidental Petroleum ( OXY) for about $3.8 billion in cash and stock. Vintage shareholders will receive $20 a share in cash and 0.42 shares of Occidental for each share they hold. The total deal, which also includes the assumption of debt, represents a 33% premium to Vintage's closing price of $38.59 on Thursday. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2006. Shares of Vintage recently traded up $10.26 to $48.85, while shares of Occidental fell $3.29, or 4%, to $71.69. Shares of JB Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) rose 1% after transportation services company posted third-quarter earnings that topped forecasts. The company earned $39.8 million, or 25 cents a share, on sales of $801 million. Excluding items, the company would have earned $55.6 million, or 35 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 33 cents a share, before items, on sales of $807.9 million. A year ago, the company reported earnings of $47.9 million, or 29 cents a share, on sales of $719 million. Shares were trading up 26 cents to $19.12.
Stanley Works ( SWK) rose 6% after the toolmaker lifted its third-quarter forecast. The company now expects to report earnings of 88 cents to 90 cents a share, up from its previous guidance of 78 cents to 80 cents a share. Sales are expected to grow by more than 12%, up from an earlier projection of 8% to 10%. Organic sales growth is now expected to be about 7%, ahead of the company's earlier view of 4% to 6%. Analysts are expecting earnings of 82 cents a share on sales of $821 million. Stanley Works shares recently traded up $2.70 to $47.01. Shares of A.O. Smith ( AOS) rose 8% after the company posted third-quarter results that beat expectations. The diversified manufacturer reported earnings of $9.7 million, or 32 cents a share, on sales of $408.4 million. Excluding items, the company would have reported earnings of $11.7 million, or 39 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 32 cents a share on sales of $402.7 million. A year ago, the company reported earnings, before items, of $3 million, or 10 cents a share, on sales of $389.9 million. Shares were trading up $2.33 to $30.49. NYSE volume leaders included Lucent Technologies ( LU), unchanged at $3.05; General Electric ( GE), up 17 cents to $34.19; Motorola ( MOT), up 35 cents to $20.26; Ford ( F), down 31 cents to $8.68; Pfizer ( PFE), down 10 cents to $24.40; Corning ( GLW), up 58 cents to $18.28; Texas Instruments ( TXN), down 83 cents to $30.06; and Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), down $1.18 to $30.57. Nasdaq volume leaders included Sirius Satellite Radio ( SIRI), down 16 cents to $5.95; Apple Computer ( AAPL), up 8 cents to $53.82; Microsoft ( MSFT), down 6 cents to $24.53; Intel ( INTC), down 5 cents $23.15; Cisco Systems ( CSCO), down 11 cents to $17.19; SanDisk ( SNDK), up $2.63 to $50.47; Oracle ( ORCL), unchanged at $12.08; Applied Materials ( AMAT), down 2 cents to $17.34; and Sun Microsystems ( SUNW), down 1 cent to $3.95.