Shares of MoneyGram International ( MGI) were among the NYSE's winners Thursday, rising 7% after the money-transfer company posted third-quarter results that were better than Wall Street's expectations. The company earned $29.5 million, or 34 cents a share, on revenue of $246.4 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were expecting earnings of 26 cents a share on revenue of $236.9 million. MoneyGram posted net revenue -- total revenue minus total commissions -- of $126.6 million. A year earlier, the company earned $24.5 million, or 28 cents a share, on revenue of $216.2 million. Net revenue was $111.8 million a year ago. Looking ahead, MoneyGram forecast fourth-quarter earnings of 27 cents to 30 cents a share, in line with analysts' expectation for earnings of 28 cents a share. The company now expects full-year earnings of $1.22 to $1.25 a share, up from its previous guidance of $1.11 to $1.15 a share. MoneyGram also boosted its net revenue forecast to $490 million to $500 million from $465 million to $485 million. Analysts had projected earnings of $1.16 a share. Shares were trading up $1.50 to $22.81. RARE Hospitality ( RARE) rose 7% after the restaurant company posted third-quarter results ahead of expectations. The company earned $9.7 million, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $225.4 million. Analysts had predicted earnings of 27 cents a share on sales of $225 million. A year earlier, the company earned $8.5 million, or 24 cents a share, on sales of $194.6 million. RARE Hospitality forecast fourth-quarter earnings of 41 cents to 44 cents a share, bracketing analysts' mean estimate of 42 cents a share. For the first quarter of 2006, the company sees earnings of 53 cents to 55 cents a share. Analysts forecast earnings of 52 cents a share. Shares were up $1.83 to $29.16.
Shares of Investors Financial Services ( IFIN) rose 4% after the financial services company posted third-quarter results that topped forecasts. The company earned $35.2 million, or 53 cents a share, on net operating revenue of $169.3 million. Excluding a $1.4 million securities gain, the company would have earned 52 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 50 cents a share on net operating revenue of $163.6 million. A year earlier, the company earned $36.1 million, or 53 cents a share, on net operating revenue of $148.8 million. The company said it remains confident that it will meet its earnings growth estimates for 2005. Shares rose $1.42 to $34.99. Tractor Supply ( TSCO) rose 11% after the retail farm and ranch store chain reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings. The company earned $18.3 million, or 45 cents a share, on sales of $479.6 million. Analysts predicted earnings of 38 cents a share and sales of $481.5 million. A year earlier, the company earned $7.6 million, or 19 cents a share, on sales of $426.4 million. For all of 2005, Tractor Supply expects earnings of $80.5 million to $81 million, or $1.95 to $1.97 a share, on sales of $2.01 billion to $2.02 billion. "Despite a macroeconomic environment characterized by rising gas prices and wavering consumer confidence, our results to date are in line with the targets we outlined at the beginning of the year," the company said. Analysts are expecting earnings of $1.92 a share on sales of $2.02 billion. Shares were trading up $4.67 to $48.44. Shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW) rose 5% after the stuffed-animal company posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations. The company earned $5.3 million, or 26 cents a share, on sales of $84 million. Results included flagship store and cafe preopening costs of 2 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 21 cents a share, with sales of $80.9 million. A year earlier, the company posted earnings of $3.5 million, or 19 cents a share, on sales of $66.5 million. Last year's results included a stock-based compensation expense of 2 cents a share.
Looking ahead, Build-A-Bear said it is comfortable with earnings that will be at the mid to high end of a $25.1 million to $26.3 million, or $1.24 to $1.30 a share, range. The earnings guidance assumes sales growth of 15% to 20% and flat same-store sales growth. Analysts are expecting earnings of $1.22 a share on sales of $359.4 million. Shares recently gained $1.10 to $25.35. A.C. Moore ( ACMR) shares plunged 13% on a weak fourth-quarter outlook. The company said it swung to a third-quarter loss of $1.9 million, or 10 cents a share, from net income of $865,000, or 4 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue for the quarter rose 6.9% to $115.1 million from $107.7 million last year. Analysts anticipated a loss of 11 cents a share on revenue of $115.6 million. For the fourth quarter, the company expects to earn 65 cents to 73 cents a share, below Wall Street's forecast of 80 cents a share. Shares recently dropped $2.01 to $13.16. NYSE volume leaders included Pfizer ( PFE), down $1.65 to $22.32; Nokia ( NOK), down $1.08 to $15.97; Lucent Technologies ( LU), down 2 cents to $3.13; Chevron ( CVX), down $1.29 to $57.05; Nortel Networks ( NT), down 5 cents to $3.43; Motorola ( MOT), up 14 cents to $21.16; and Exxon Mobil ( XOM), down 72 cents to $56.45. Nasdaq volume leaders included eBay ( EBAY), down $2.15 to $39.86; Intel ( INTC), down 12 cents $23.57; Apple Computer ( AAPL), up 53 cents to $55.47; Cisco Systems ( CSCO), down 5 cents to $17.15; Microsoft ( MSFT), down 12 cents to $24.97; Juniper Networks ( JNPR), up $1.41 to $23.40; Oracle ( ORCL), up 15 cents to $12.34; Yahoo! ( YHOO), up 5 cents to $35.96; and Sirius Satellite Radio ( SIRI), down 2 cents to $6.06.