Stocks to Watch: Finisar, Kroger (Update 2)

NEW YORK - Finisar ( FNSR) reported non-GAAP earnings of $21.9 million, or 23 a share, in the three months ended Jan. 29, up slightly from an equivalent profit of $21.5 million, or 23 cents a share, in the second quarter ended in October.

Revenue totaled $243 million in the latest quarter, up 0.6% from $241.5 million in the second quarter.

The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters was for earnings of 22 cents a share in the third quarter on revenue of $245 million.

Shares were dropping 8.8% to $18.50 in premarket trading Thursday.


Kroger ( KR), the grocery retailer, reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 50 cents a share on sales of $21.4 billion. Analysts expected profit of 49 cents a share on sales of $21.43 billion.

Shares were rising 1.9% to $24.25.


Pet products retailer PetSmart ( PETM )reported fourth-quarter profit of $102 million, or 91 cents a share, on sales of $1.64 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of earnings of 90 cents a share on sales of $1.62 billion.

The company is forecasting 2012 earnings of $3.02 to $3.16 a share, above consensus projections of $2.54 a share, according to a Thomson Reuters poll. Total sales growth should come in between 7.5% to 8.5%, which is essentially in line with estimates.

Shares were falling 1.8% to $54.75.


Fast-food chain Wendy's ( WEN) reported fourth-quarter income from continuing operations of $4.3 million, or 4 cents a share, on revenue of $615 million.

Wall Street analysts predicted earnings of 3 cents a share on revenue of $609.1 million.

Shares were rising 1.4% to $5.14.


Bank of America ( BAC) plans to introduce a monthly fee for customers with basic checking accounts unless they agree to bank online, buy more products or maintain certain balances, according to The Wall Street Journal .

Bank of America pilot programs in Arizona, Georgia and Massachusetts now are experimenting with charging $6 to $9 a month for an "Essentials" account, the newspaper said, which cited a memo distributed to employees.

Last fall, the bank pulled back from introducing a new $5 debit-card charge after customers criticized the move.

Shares were up 0.6% to $8.02.


Carmakers such as Ford ( F) and General Motors ( GM) are expected to announce February sales on Thursday.

Ford shares were up 0.2% to $12.41.


The board of CVR Energy ( CVI), an independent petroleum refiner and marketer of transportation fuels, is urging stockholders to reject investor Carl Icahn's hostile tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of CVR Energy for $30 a share in cash and a "contingent cash payment right," saying that it is inadequate and not in the best interests of its stockholders.


Kinder Morgan ( KMI) can move ahead with its $21 billion deal to buy El Paso ( EP) after a judge declined to stop the deal.

The deal to merge North America's two largest natural gas pipeline companies is expected to close in the second quarter.


Foot Locker ( FL) is expected to earn 51 cents a share on revenue of $1.49 billion in the fourth quarter ended in January.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel and Andrea Tse

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