Shares of Aqua America ( WTR) were among the NYSE's losers Thursday, falling 6% after the water utility company posted fourth-quarter results that fell short of Wall Street forecasts. The company earned $22.2 million, or 17 cents a share, on revenue of $122.9 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 18 cents a share on revenue of $125 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $22.5 million, or 18 cents a share, on revenue of $115.4 million. Excluding items, the company earned $21 million, or 16 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. Shares were trading down $1.90 to $27.41. Claire's Stores ( CLE) rose 8% after the accessories retailer posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. The company earned $69.1 million, or 69 cents a share, on sales of $414.7 million. Excluding items, the company earned 75 cents a share, beating analysts' target of 68 cents. Claire's reported revenue of $414.7 million, compared with Wall Street's forecast of $413.9 million. The company's year-earlier earnings from continuing operations totaled $58.7 million, or 59 cents a share, on sales of $395.9 million. Looking ahead, Claire's expects first-quarter earnings of $30 million to $32 million, or 30 cents to 32 cents a share, on sales of $314 million to $318 million. Analysts project earnings of 33 cents a share on sales of $321.5 million. Despite the lower-than-expected forecast for the first quarter, the company projected fiscal 2007 earnings of $1.96 to $2.01 a share, ahead of analysts' forecast of $1.89 a share. The company predicts sales of $1.45 billion to $1.47 billion. Analysts project sales of $1.47 billion. Claire's shares were up $2.48 to $32.68. Shares of Veritas DGC ( VTS) rose 5% after the oil and gas services company posted second-quarter results that easily topped forecasts. For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the company earned $31.1 million, or 81 cents a share, up from $17.4 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $238.9 million from $192.2 million. Analysts expected earnings of 67 cents a share on revenue of $204.7 million. "Increasing exploration activity combined with our typically strong second quarter provided the foundation for Veritas to achieve all-time quarterly records for revenue, pre-tax income and backlog," the company said. Shares recently gained $1.90 to $43.50.