Goodman Global ( GGL) was among the NYSE's winners Monday, with shares surging 12% after the industrial company agreed to a $2.65 billion buyout. Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman agreed to pay $25.60 a share for Goodman, a maker of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. The price represents a 17% premium over Goodman Global's Friday close of $21.84. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter. Shares of Goodman Global recently were up $2.63 to $24.47. Elsewhere, shares of Chico's FAS ( CHS) jumped 9% after the women's clothing retailer named a new chief financial officer. Chico's hired Kent Kleeberger away from Dollar Tree ( DLTR), where he also served as CFO. Kleeberger replaces Charles Kleman, who has said he will retire. Shares of Chico's were adding $1.06 to $13.14. Dollar Tree shares were slipping $2.20, or 5.9%, to $35.26, hurt in part by a JPMorgan downgrade to underweight from neutral. Among earnings winners, Royal Caribbean ( RCL) climbed 7.5% after the cruise operator topped profit estimates. For the third quarter, Royal Caribbean earned $395 million, or $1.84 a share, on revenue of $1.42 billion. Analysts anticipated earnings of $1.77 a share and revenue of $1.79 billion, according to Thomson Financial. Looking ahead, Royal Caribbean forecast full-year earnings of $2.80 to $2.85 a share, at the high end of its prior guidance of $2.75 to $2.85 a share. The stock was rising $2.95 to $42.20.
Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) also beat earnings targets and lifted its full-year forecast toward the higher end of prior views. The consumer products maker reported third-quarter earnings of $1.07 a share, excluding certain charges. The results topped the company's guidance of $1.04 to $1.06 a share, and also surpassed Wall Street's forecast of $1.06. Revenue was $4.62 billion, above analysts' target of $4.52 billion. For the full year, Kimberly-Clark sees adjusted earnings of $4.23 to $4.25 a share, compared with its prior forecast of $4.20 to $4.23. Analysts, on average, predict earnings per share of $4.25. Shares of Kimberly-Clark were up $3.01, or 4.5%, to $70.15. Among losers, Astec Industries ( ASTE) plunged 19% after the company posted third-quarter results well below Wall Street's targets. The maker of building-related equipment earned $11.6 million, or 51 cents a share, on revenue of $206.2 million. Analysts anticipated a profit of 69 cents a share and revenue of $220.5 million. Shares were tumbling $10.85 to $46.20. Regis ( RGS) slipped 3% after the hair care concern missed first-quarter earnings estimates and reaffirmed its profit guidance. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Regis earned $20.6 million, or 46 cents a share. That was at the midpoint of the company's forecast of 43 cents to 49 cents, but it was a penny below the average analyst estimate. Regis now sees fiscal 2008 earnings of $2.01 to $2.27 a share, consistent with its prior view. Wall Street targets earnings of $2.18 a share. The stock was losing $1.04 to $32.67. Shares of Mosaic ( MOS) slid 5% after the fertilizer maker announced the temporary shutdown of a potash mine in Canada. The company said the Saskatchewan K2 mine had a bearing failure, necessitating repairs that are expected to take about two weeks. Mosaic said the shutdown may result in the lost production of about 100,000 tons of potash, but it expects to offset the reduced production at other facilities. Nonetheless, shares were falling $3.42 to $59.08.