Small-cap stocks languished in the red Friday, under pressure from the broad market and from poor earnings at names like Krispy Kreme ( KKD). The doughnut purveyor sank 36.8% after its fiscal second-quarter loss widened sixfold year over year to 42 cents a share, or $27 million, on slipping revenue of $104.1 million. That includes $22.1 million in impairment charges and least termination costs vs. $382,000 last year as the company closed underperforming stores and divested its Illinois manufacturing and distribution facility. Krispy Kreme shares sank $2.33, to $4, to pressure the Russell 2000, which plunged some 2%, to around 776. The S&P SmallCap 600 was down 2% to about 409. The tech sector, meanwhile, delivered a small-cap loser in American Software ( AMSWA). Shares slid 14% to $10.08 after the Atlanta-based application-software firm reported that it made $2.2 million, or 8 cents a share (adjusted) in the fiscal first quarter -- 2 cents higher per share than last year, but also 2 cents below the sole analyst's estimate from Thomson Financial. Near the top of today's small-cap winners, however, was China Technology Development Group ( CTDC). Shares of the Hong Kong business-software firm soared more than 29% after announcing it's entering the solar-energy sector, having struck a deal to make and sell a product developed by thin-film-photovoltaics company Terra Solar Global. China Tech stock surged $1.41, to $6.20.
Another tech name, InterDigital ( IDCC), added $2 million to its third-quarter outlook range for recurring revenue from patent-licensing and technology. The Pennsylvania-based company now expects between $55.5 million and $56.5 million. Shares jumped 13.8% to $24.14. And New York's Alloy ( ALOY) shot up 8.4% after its fiscal second-quarter loss of 11 cents a share was far narrower than the only analyst's target for a 20-cent loss. The marketing-services firm booked revenue of $51.7 million, which tops two analysts' estimates by $2.8 million. A year ago, Alloy posted a 13-cent per-share profit on sales of $44.4 million. Shares were trading at $8.62.