Dean Foods now expects to earn between 67 and 75 cents per share this year, up from its prior outlook for a profit of 55 to 65 cents per share. The guidance came in far ahead of analysts' call for 2011 earnings of 58 cents per share.
Stocks pare losses to end mixed with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slightly higher and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lower.
Wall Street's longest winning streak in a quarter century comes to a close on Thursday as investors take a breather after five days of records.
Slight losses on Wall Street Thursday put Wall Street's record-making streak on the line.
Stocks extend losses Thursday following their best record-breaking streak since late 1991.