Updated from 4:25 p.m. EDT

FTD Group ( FTD) was among the NYSE's winners Thursday, jumping 8.6% after the provider of floral products posted fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street's forecast.

The company reported a profit of $10.7 million, or 36 cents a share, on revenue of $169.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected earnings of 28 cents a share on revenue of $173.5 million. During the year-earlier period, the company earned $8.8 million, or 30 cents a share, on revenue of $141.5 million.

Looking ahead, FTD sees fiscal 2008 earnings of $1.18 a share on revenue of about $645 million. Analysts project earnings of $1.04 a share on revenue of $653.9 million. Shares were up $1.30 to $16.15.

Estee Lauder ( EL) slid 6.6% after the cosmetics maker posted disappointing fourth-quarter earnings and warned that first-quarter earnings would be well below expectations. The company earned $88.6 million, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $1.76 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 50 cents a share on revenue of $1.72 billion. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $44.5 million, or 21 cents a share, on revenue of $1.6 billion. Last year's fourth-quarter results included charges totaling 28 cents a share.

Looking ahead, Estee Lauder sees first-quarter earnings from continuing operations of 5 cents to 11 cents a share on revenue growth of 5% to 7%, implying revenue of $1.67 billion to $1.7 billion. Analysts project earnings of 33 cents a share on revenue of $1.7 billion. Shares were down $2.85 to $40.30.

Shares of J.C. Penney ( JCP) traded actively after the department store operator posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. The company posted earnings from continuing operations of $175 million, or 78 cents a share, on revenue of $4.39 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 77 cents a share on revenue of $4.42 billion. During the year-earlier quarter, the company posted earnings from continuing operations of $178 million, or 75 cents a share, on revenue of $4.24 billion.

Looking ahead, J.C. Penney now sees full-year earnings of $5.50 a share, up a penny from previous guidance. Analysts project earnings of $5.48 a share. Shares closed up $1.57, or 2.5%, at $64.14.

MGP Ingredients ( MGPI) tumbled 5.8% after the maker of natural grain-based products reported a fourth-quarter earnings shortfall. The company earned $1.7 million, or 10 cents a share, on revenue of $101.5 million. Analysts expected earnings of 15 cents a share on revenue of $93.9 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $7.4 million, or 43 cents a share, on revenue of $90.3 million. Shares closed down 92 cents to $14.95.

Shares of Flowers Foods ( FLO) traded actively after posting better-than-expected second-quarter results. The company earned $22.2 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of $477.8 million. Analysts expected earnings of 23 cents a share on revenue of $477.2 million. During last year's second quarter, the company earned $19.7 million, or 21 cents a share, on revenue of $445.8 million.

For 2007, Flowers Foods sees earnings of 92 cents to $1.02 a share on revenue of $2.02 billion to $2.04 billion. Analysts project earnings of 95 cents a share on revenue of $2.02 billion. Shares closed up 20 cents, or 15, at $20.29.

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