Shares of Bandag ( BDG) were among the Nasdaq's biggest winners Tuesday, jumping 11% after the maker of retreading materials agreed to be acquired by Bridgestone Americas for about $1.05 billion in cash. The deal values Bandag at $50.75 a share, a 13% premium over Monday's closing price of $45.04. The acquisition is expected to close late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2007. Shares of Bandag were trading at $50.44, up $5.40. Shares of Kroger ( KR) climbed 7% after the supermarket operator's third-quarter earnings topped forecasts. The company earned $214.7 million, or 30 cents a share, on revenue of $14.7 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 28 cents a share and revenue of $14.86 billion. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $185.4 million, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $14.02 billion. Looking ahead, Kroger now sees 2006 earnings growth of 8% to 10%, up from an earlier forecast of 6% to 8% growth. Shares were trading at $23.80, up $1.47. World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE) rose 3% after the professional wrestling producer reported better-than-expected second-quarter results. For the quarter ended Oct. 27, the company earned $10.4 million, or 15 cents a share, on revenue of $96.2 million. Analysts, on average, anticipated earnings of 13 cents a share and revenue of $90 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $11.7 million, or 17 cents a share, on revenue of $88.9 million. Shares were trading up 51 cents to $16.65.
Shares of Yum! Brands ( YUM) rose 2% after the restaurant operator doubled its quarterly dividend. The company will now pay a dividend of 30 cents a share, up from its prior payout of 15 cents. Shares adding $1.34 to $62.92. Henry Schein ( HSIC) shares fell 5% after the medical products distributor cut its full-year earnings forecast. For the fourth quarter, the company sees earnings of 66 cents to 68 cents a share. Analysts had forecast earnings of 79 cents a share. For the full year, the company lowered its earnings projection to a range of $2 to $2.02 a share from an earlier view of $2.11 to $2.14 a share. Analysts see 2006 earnings of $2.13 a share. Henry Schein blamed the shortfall on lower-than-expected flu vaccine distributions. The company now expects to distribute about 9 million doses in 2006, down from an earlier forecast of 13.5 million doses. Shares were trading down $3.20 to $50.59. Shares of Retail Ventures ( RVI) declined 6% after the retailer posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter results. For the period ended Oct. 28, the company reported a loss of $34.1 million, or 72 cents a share. Excluding items, the company reported an adjusted loss of $3.5 million, or 7 cents a share. Analysts expected a profit of 5 cents a share. Retail Venture posted revenue of $787.6 million, short of Wall Street's estimate of $800.5 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company recorded an adjusted loss of $10.6 million, or 17 cents a share, on revenue of $746.1 million. Shares were down $1.13 to $18.15. NYSE volume leaders Tuesday included Ford ( F), down 29 cents to $7.60; Pfizer ( PFE), up 7 cents to $24.97; LSI Logic ( LSI), down 2 cents to $9.10; EMC ( EMC), down 2 cents to $13.34; General Motors ( GM), down 50 cents to $29.31; Motorola ( MOT), up 2 cents to $21.99; and General Electric ( GE), down 10 cents to $35.29. Among the Nasdaq's heaviest movers were Sirius Satellite Radio ( SIRI), down 32 cents to $3.85; Sun Microsystems ( SUNW), down 7 cents to $5.58; Level 3 Communications ( LVLT), down 19 cents to $5.41; Cisco Systems ( CSCO), down 7 cents to $27.18; Oracle ( ORCL), down 15 cents to $19.13; Microsoft ( MSFT), down 10 cents to $29.23; Intel ( INTC), up 13 cents to $21.06; and Yahoo! ( YHOO), up 43 cents to $27.32.