Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Tuesday's session are Alcoa Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Cheesecake Factory Inc.

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Alcoa Inc. (AA) is expected to report earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 65 cents, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.

Emmis Communications Corp. (EMMS) is expected to report per-share income of a penny for the third quarter.

Greenbrier Cos. (GBX) is expected to post first-quarter earnings of 12 cents per share.

Helen of Troy Ltd. (HELE) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 85 cents per share.

Ruby Tuesday Inc. (RI) is expected to report second-quarter earnings of 28 cents per share.

Supervalu Inc. (SVU) is expected to post third-quarter per-share income of 56 cents.

WD-40 Co. (WDFC) is expected to post first-quarter earnings per share of 42 cents.

After Monday's closing bell, Sprint (S) said it's on track to meet its financial targets for 2006. But the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier plans to cut 5,000 jobs as it forecast sluggish sales growth, a lower profit and higher capital expenditures this year.

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BEA Systems Inc. (BEAS) said it has been granted an extension for filing quarterly results from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel.

Borders Group Inc. (BGP) said it expects fourth-quarter earnings per share will be below the company's prior outlook of $1.80 to $2. The book retailer, which cited factors such as lower-than-expected sales, added that annual per-share income will also miss the company's prior outlook.

Brookfield Homes Corp. (BHS) said it closed 1,993 homes and lots in 2006, compared with 2,824 in the prior year. Backlog at Dec. 31 was 247 homes, a decrease of 208 homes from the same period in the prior year.

Buca Inc. (BUCA) said fourth-quarter comparable-restaurant sales rose 4% from the same period last year. For 2006, comparable-restaurant sales increased 3.8%.

Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) said preliminary fourth-quarter comparable restaurant sales rose 0.8% from the same period in the prior year. Quarterly revenue, on a 13-week basis, rose 18% to $360.4 million from the same period in the prior year.

Citigroup Inc. (C) said it expects its Japan consumer finance segment to post a net loss of about $370 million, or 7 cents a share, in the fourth quarter. The loss is due to changes in Japanese consumer lending laws.

Emageon Inc. (EMAG) said it expects 2007 per-share income of 24 cents to 29 cents, and revenue from current business of $136 million to $140 million. The provider of enterprise medical information technology systems sees annual earnings per share excluding charges for depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation of 79 cents to 87 cents.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (ENDP) said it expects 2007 per-share earnings of $1.68 to $1.72, excluding stock-based compensation, among other items. See After Hours column.

Osiris Therapeutics Inc. (OSIR) said Prochymal has received fast-track designation from the Food and Drug Administration. The Baltimore-based biotechnology company added that it has received clearance to conduct a Phase III clinical trial using Prochymal to treat a form of Crohn's disease, a gastrointestinal disorder, that does not respond to standard therapies.

SonoSite Inc. (SONO) said it expects fourth-quarter revenue of about $54 million, up 20% from the same period last year.

Spectrum Control Inc. (SPEC) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as sales gained, to $2 million, or 15 cents a share, from $1.12 million, or 8 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.

Stage Stores Inc. (SSI) said it will implement "strategic growth initiatives" such as doubling new store openings to 70 per year beginning in fiscal 2008.

Thermage Inc. (THRM) said it sees fourth-quarter revenue of $14.6 million to $14.8 million. Last month, the Hayward, Calif.-based non-invasive tissue-tightening company said it was looking for quarterly revenue of $14 million to $14.5 million.

Tween Brands Inc. (TWB) lowered its view for fourth-quarter earnings per share to a range of 85 cents to 88 cents. Previously, the specialty retailer had said it was looking for quarterly per-share income of 95 cents to $1. Tween said it now sees comparable store sales for the quarter rising 3% to 4%, compared with its prior outlook for growth in the mid-single digits.

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said it has named David Abney chief operating officer. Abney has also been named president of UPS Airlines, replacing John Beystehner, who retired last week, the Atlanta-based company added.

ViroPharma Inc. (VPHM) said it expects net product sales of $195 million to $205 million in 2007.

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