9. -- Pier 1 Imports ( PIR) earned 58 cents a share in the first-quarter; analysts were looking for earnings of 60 cents a share. Pier 1 said sales in the quarter rose almost 16% to $551.6 million. 10. -- The Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joseph Woelfel >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.