Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday's session are Chevron Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc.

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Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) is expected to report earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 39 cents, according to analysts polled by Thomson Financial.

Chevron (CVX) is expected to post fourth-quarter per-share income of $1.73.

Gannett Co. (GCI) is expected to report income of $1.49 per share for the fourth quarter.

ITT Corp. (ITT) is expected to post income per share of 67 cents for the fourth quarter.

NYSE Group Inc. (NYX) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 46 cents per share.

Ryder System Inc. (R) is expected to post earnings per share of $1.09 for the fourth quarter.

Simon Property Group Inc. (SPG) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings per share of 68 cents.

THQ Inc. (THQI) is expected to report third-quarter per-share income of 97 cents.

Wendy's International Inc. (WEN) is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of 21 cents per share.

After Thursday's closing bell, Amazon.com (AMZN) reported its profit dropped by half, even while sales rose 34 percent, as the company lost the benefit of a large tax gain it had a year ago and saw its operating margin narrow.

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Administaff Inc. (ASF) said its board has approved raising the quarterly cash dividend 22 percent to 11 cents per share. The dividend is payable March 30 to stockholders as of March 5.

Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $17.8 million, or 31 cents a share, up 25 percent from $14.3 million, or 25 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The company posted net revenue of $244 million vs. $243.8 million.

Atmel Corp. (ATML) said its fourth-quarter sales rose 4 percent to $408.9 million from a year ago, below Wall Street's target. The chipmaker said customers changed orders late in the quarter to balance inventory.

Baldor Electric Co. (BEZ) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $12.2 million, or 37 cents a share, compared with $13.1 million, or 39 cents a share, in the same period last year, as expenses rose.

Brookfield Homes Corp. (BHS) said fourth-quarter net income fell, as home closings and lot sales declined, to $58.8 million, or $2.19 a share, from $129.6 million, or $4.36 a share, during the same period in the prior year.

CA Inc. (CA) said its third-quarter net income fell 14 percent, as the company continues to restructure through acquisitions and cost cuts.

Digene Corp. (DIGE) said second-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $6.1 million, or 25 cents a share, from $3 million, or 14 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. Before items, quarterly per-share income rose to 27 cents from 23 cents.

Electronic Arts (ERTS) said earnings fell 38 percent in the December quarter as video game sales stayed flat with the previous year due to a lack of hit titles during the holiday shopping period.

Gap Inc. (GPS) named Marka Hansen, a 20-year veteran of the company who heads its Banana Republic unit, to lead the largest and most important division, the Gap stores.

Genworth Financial Inc. (GNW) said fourth-quarter net income came in at $373 million, or 81 cents a share, up 21 percent from a year earlier when the life insurer made $307 million, or 64 cents a share.

Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN) said second-quarter net income rose, due in part to robust sales, to $14.8 million, or 36 cents a share, from $12.3 million, or 32 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.

Hilton Hotels Corp. (HLT) said it has named Thomas Keltner as chief executive of Americas and global brands, effective March 1.

IMS Health Inc. (RX) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $65.5 million, or 32 cents a share, down 27% from $89.4 million, or 38 cents a share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue totaled $543.5 million in the latest quarter compared with $477.7 million last year.

InfoSpace Inc. (INSP) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $30 million, or 91 cents a share, compared with $37.9 million, or $1.13 a share, in the same period last year, as expenses rose.

InfoUSA Inc. (IUSA) said fourth-quarter net income rose, as revenue gained, to $11 million, or 20 cents a share, from $8 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.

Longs Drug Stores Corp. (LDG) turned in better-than-expected January sales results. Sales at stores open longer than a year, the industry benchmark known as same-store sales, were up 3.4 percent, ahead of the 2 percent increase expected by analysts.

Mack-Cali Realty Corp. (CLI) said it has agreed to sell 4.65 million shares of common stock through an underwritten public offering.

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. (MAA) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $4.3 million, compared with $3.61 million in the same period last year. The real estate investment trust said property revenue rose 9.3 percent to $84.8 million from $77.6 million.

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. (NBIX) reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $14.7 million, or 39 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $23.9 million, or 65 cents a share, during the year-ago period.

Owens & Minor Inc. (OMI) increased its quarterly cash dividend 13.3 percent to 17 cents from 15 cents a share. The dividend is payable on March 30 to shareholders of record as of March 15.

Sapient Corp. (SAPE) said it has named Preston Bradford chief operations and administrative officer. The provider of consulting services also said Chief Operating Officer Sheeroy Desai will leave the company on March 31.

SigmaTel Inc. (SGTL) reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $98.7 million, or $2.78 a share. During the same period a year ago, the company posted net earnings of $4.65 million, or 12 cents a share.

Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (SIMO) said fourth-quarter net income rose to Taiwan $334.7 million ($10.2 million), or T$10.60 per American Depositary Share (32 cents), from T$246 million, or T$7.81 per ADS (24 cents), during the same period in the prior year. Analysts were looking for per-ADS earnings of 30 cents.

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Inc. (SWRG) said comparable fiscal January sales decreased to $8.5 million from $8.7 million during the same period in the prior year. The steakhouse operator said total monthly sales rose 2.7 percent to $9.2 million from the prior year.

Sonic Solutions (SNIC) said an ongoing review has found the company lacks sufficient documentation for certain option grants, adding that their measurement dates may need to be adjusted.

Standard Pacific Corp. (SPF) reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $98.4 million, or $1.53 a share. During the same period a year ago, the company posted net earnings of $154.9 million, or $2.22 a share.

UTStarcom Inc. (UTSI) said an ongoing review has found certain stock option grants with incorrect measurement dates. The networking company will have to record additional stock-based compensation charges.

YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $46.5 million, or 80 cents a share, compared with $76.8 million, or $1.30 a share, in the same period last year, as revenue fell.

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