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.

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