Small-cap stocks performed about as well as the rest of the soaring market did Friday, and among those propping up the lot was EpiCept ( EPCT). Shares of the pharmaceutical company skyrocketed 73% to close at $3.95 on positive results from a brain-tumor treatment called Azixa that Epicept has licensed to Myriad Genetics ( MYGN). Myriad shares closed slightly up at $35.83. Britain-based Cambridge Display Technology ( OLED) surged more than 25% to close at $5.95 on word Japan's Toshiba is using CDT's light-emitting-polymer technology in a new television design. Factory Card & Party Outlet ( FCPO) of Naperville, Ill., rocketed some 30% to close at $11.45 after posting a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of 7 cents a share, reversing a hefty year-ago loss. Shares of Superior Offshore ( DEEP), meanwhile, leapt 17% following its $15 per-share initial public offering for some 10.2 million shares. The company, which sells subsea construction and diving services to the oil and gas industry, closed at $17.54. Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master ( SHFL) also moved higher on news its blackjack-formatted TableMaster product was approved for sale in Pennsylvania -- making it the first virtual table-game product to receive such approval in that state, as a Deutsche Bank analyst pointed out. Shares traded up 87 cents, or 5%, to close at $17.99. Decliners were few among small-cap companies today, but among these was specialty minerals firm Amcol International ( ACO). The Illinois-based outfit lost 10% to close at $26.39 after its first-quarter earnings of 35 cents a share, while higher than last year, came in 4 cents short of Wall Street expectations, per Thomson Financial.
Canada's JED Oil ( JDO) sank more than 10% to close at $2.28 after getting a delisting warning from the American Stock Exchange for having failed to meet certain membership requirements. Virginia-based wireless-communications company LCC International ( LCCI) privately sold 5.1 million of its shares at $3.35 apiece for proceeds of $17 million. Shares gave up 8.7% to close at $3.68. The Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices each added about 1.2%.