Xyratex, Research In Motion: After-Hours Trading

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --Shares of Xyratex Ltd. ( XRTX) fell sharply in the extended session after the U.K.-based data storage technology company gave an outlook with plenty of downside, reflecting disk drive supply issues.

The company forecast non-GAAP earnings of 16 to 43 cents a share for its fiscal second quarter ending in May on revenue ranging from $297 million to $357 million. The current average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for a profit of 35 cents a share on revenue of $341.7 million.



The stock was last quoted at $15.50, down 13%, on volume of roughly 50,000, according to Nasdaq.com. The share were vulnerable to a pullback if there was any blip in the business, having already risen more than 50% in the past year.

"As we had anticipated in January, our ability to meet our enterprise data storage customers' demand requirements has been slightly impacted by a limited supply of enterprise disk drives," said Steve Barber, the company's CEO, in a press release. "While the situation is improving each day, we are working hard to ensure we secure as many drives as possible to meet the demand of our customers."

The company's performance for the first quarter was mixed as well. Xyratex reported non-GAAP earnings of $11.4 million, or 40 cents a share, on revenue of $295.7 million. Wall Street's consensus estimate was for a profit of 26 cents a share on revenue of $316.5 million.

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Williams Cos.

Shares of Williams Cos. ( WMB) lost ground in late trades Thursday after the Tulsa, Okla.-based energy company unveiled plans to sell 26 million additional common shares.

The company said it expects to use the proceeds of the offering to buy common units of Williams Partners ( WPZ) in connection with that affiliated company's planned acquisition of Caiman Eastern Midstream, which was announced on March 19.

The proposed offering, which will dilute existing stockholders, will include an over-allotment option for the sale of an additional 3.9 million shares. Williams currently has 592 million outstanding shares.

The stock was last quoted at $30.13, down 1.5%, on volume of more than 750,000, according to Nasdaq.com. Based on Thursday's regular-session close at $30.59, the shares are down 1.6% in the past year, and off 7% since the start of 2012.

Williams is slated to report its fiscal first-quarter results on April 25, and the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for earnings of 36 cents a share in the March-ending period on revenue of $1.95 billion.

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Research In Motion

It was another shaky quarter for Research In Motion ( RIMM) as the BlackBerry maker's fiscal fourt-quarter results missed expectations and it said it no longer plans to provide "specific quantitative guidance" because of "continued pressure on revenue and earnings throughout fiscal 2013."

The company posted non-GAAP earnings of 80 cents per share on $4.2 billion in revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters was for a profit of 81 cents a share on revenue of $4.5 billion from the Waterloo, Ontario-based company.

In addition, a number of key executives were also severing ties with Research In Motion; most notably Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO, who is resigning from the board.

" T he business challenges we face over the next several quarters are significant and I am taking the necessary steps to address them," said Thorsten Heins, the company's president and CEO, in a statement. Heins, who has been CEO for just 10 weeks, also said the BlackBerry 10 is still on track for launch "in the latter part of calendar 2012."

The stock was last quoted at $13.53, down 1.5%, on after-hours volume of 5.8 million, according to Nasdaq.com. The shares dropped as low as $12.37 in the extended session but have clawed back somewhat.

-- Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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