(Premarket roundup updated with additional news and updated quotes)
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Limited Brands ( LTD) reported comparable store sales increase of 5% vs. the 4.6% increase that analysts were calling for. Buckle ( BKE) said its same-store sales rose 6.1% vs. the 4.5% rise that analysts had expected.

Costco ( COST) said its December same-store sales rose 6%. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were calling for same-store-sales incease of 6.2%.

Premarket quotes were unavailable for Limited and Buckle. The stock fell 1.1% to $29.58 at the close of Wednesday's regular trading session. Buckle ended Wednesday's trading session down 0.2% to $36.67.

Costco was flat at $71.02 in premarket trading.


A U.S. presidential commission criticized BP's ( BP) contractors and regulators as well as BP for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying that "better management by BP, Halliburton ( HAL) and Transocean ( RIG) would almost certainly have prevented the blow-out," the Associated Press reports.

Following a dip, BP shares rose 2.2% to $47.50 in premarket trading. Transocean rose 0.9% to $73.90. Premarket quotes were unavailable for Halliburton, which fell 0.3% to $39.42 on Wednesday.


Small- to medium-size business lender CapitalSource ( CSE) may be putting itself up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shares of CapitalSource are rising 2.3% to $7.50.


Reports say ARM ( ARMH) has received the stamp of approval from Microsoft ( MSFT) for its chip designs.

Shares of ARM rose 8.4% to $23.72 in premarket trading; Microsoft was up 0.1% to $28.04.


Newport Beach, Calif.-based communications chip maker Mindspeed Technologies ( MSPD) gave a disappointing revenue forecast because of weak demand from wireless customers.

No premarket trades were reported for this stock. Mindspeed settled up 5% to $6.50 Wednesday.


Ruby Tuesday ( RT) reported a strong quarterly profit. The Maryville, Tenn.-based casual restaurant operator said it earned $4.6 million, or 7 cents a share, in the three months ended Nov. 30, up from a year-ago equivalent profit of $400,000, or a penny per share, and well ahead of the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for earnings of a nickel a share.

Shares of the company rose 4.6% to $14.65 before the market opens Thursday.
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