Among the earnings stories for Tuesday, May 12, from AP Financial News: HOUSTON (AP) ¿ Business software maker BMC Software Inc. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit declined, weighed by charges and a higher income tax provision. MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) ¿ GT Solar International Inc. said its fourth-quarter profit fell by more than half as costs surged and sales rose only slightly. WASHINGTON (AP) ¿ Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said it needs $6.1 billion in additional government aid as the cost to taxpayers from the housing market bust keeps rising. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) ¿ National CineMedia Inc., which sells advertising in AMC, Regal and Cinemark movie theaters, said it turned a profit in the first quarter as sales picked up and the company curbed costs. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) ¿ Chip manufacturing equipment maker Applied Materials Inc. posted a net loss, hurt by charges and lower revenue. WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) ¿ Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. says first-quarter earnings fell 78 percent as ticket sales slowed and a ticketing agreement with merger partner Live Nation ended. HOUSTON (AP) ¿ Oil and gas producer Mariner Energy Inc. posted a first-quarter loss driven by a $704.7 million write-down on gas properties amid weakened natural gas prices. NEW YORK (AP) ¿ U.S.-traded shares of Ctrip.com International Ltd. soared after the China-based travel services provider posted solid results for the first quarter. WASHINGTON (AP) ¿ The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp., commonly called Farmer Mac, posted a first-quarter profit, reversing a year-ago loss.