SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trading in Thursday's session are Costco Wholesale Corp., National Semiconductor Corp., and TiVo Inc.
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (BGFV) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 39 cents a share, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Financial.
Blue Coat Systems Inc. (BCSI) is expected to post breakeven results on a per-share basis for the first quarter.
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Costco (COST) is expected to report second-quarter earnings of 66 cents a share.
Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV) is expected to post a loss of 65 cents a share for the first quarter.
Korn Ferry International (KFY) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 32 cents a share.
National Semiconductor (NSM) is expected to post earnings of 20 cents a share for the third quarter.
Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (OMRI) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 29 cents a share.
Tech Data Corp. (TECD) is expected to post earnings of 58 cents a share for the fourth quarter.
Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 21 cents a share.
Wind River Systems Inc. (WIND) is expected to post earnings of 9 cents a share for the second quarter.
After Wednesday's closing bell, TiVo said its fourth quarter loss narrowed from the prior year, as revenues rose sharply on increased licensing of its technology. TiVo said it lost $18.7 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with a loss of $21.1 million, or 25 cents, in the year-earlier quarter. Service and technology revenue climbed 22 percent to $57.4 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting a loss of 36 cents a share on service and technology revenue of $54.9 million.
Also Wednesday, Express Scripts Inc. (ESRX) sweetened its hostile cash-and-stock bid for its pharmacy benefits manager rival Caremark Rx Inc. (CMX) and said it expects to receive a second request for information from the Federal Trade Commission in relation to the proposal.
AirTran Holdings Inc. (AAI) , the parent of AirTran Airways, said late Wednesday it has submitted preliminary proxy materials to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its slate of nominees to the board of Midwest Express Holdings Inc.'s (MEH) Midwest Air Group Inc. The nominees are John Albertine, Jeffrey Erickson, and Charles Kalmbach, the Orlando, Fla.-based carrier said. AirTran also said it has extended its exchange offer for Midwest until April 11. The offer was scheduled to expire on Thursday.
Alon USA Energy Inc.'s (ALJ) fourth-quarter net income decreased to $22 million, or 47 cents share, from $29.7 million, or 64 cents share, a year earlier, on lower production at its Big Spring refinery. The Dallas refiner of petroleum products said net sales for the period ended Dec. 31 increased to $920.2 million from $682 million.
Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (AHT) swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $10.7 million, or 9 cents a share, from a year-earlier loss of $5 million, or 18 cents a share. The Dallas-based hotel real-estate investment trust said adjusted funds from operations rose to $25.5 million, or 27 cents a share, from $17 million, or 27 cents a share, last year.
Ashworth Inc. (ASHW) named Eric Hohl chief financial officer and treasurer, effective March 19.
Brinker International Inc.'s (EAT) February same-store restaurant sales fell 4.9 percent. The Dallas restaurant chain owner attributed 1 percent of the decline to poor weather.
Casella Waste Systems Inc. (CWST) swung to a third-quarter loss of $845,000, or 7 cents a share, from a profit of $1.29 million, or 2 cents a share, a year earlier. The Rutland, Vt., trash company's revenue rose 2.2 percent to $133.5 million from $130.6 million in the year-ago period.
Casey's General Stores Inc. (CASY) reported third-quarter net earnings of $11.2 million, or 22 cents a share, up from $6.95 million, or 14 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store operator posted total revenue of $923 million vs. $798.3 million last year.
Central European Distribution Corp. (CEDC) late Wednesday said it expects 2007 earnings of $1.50 to $1.66 a share on revenue of $1.05 billion to $1.1 billion. The Polish distributor of alcoholic beverages also said it sees the expansion of gross margins to 21.5 percent and organic sales growth of 12 percent.
Cirrus Logic Inc.'s (CRUS) David French resigned as president, chief executive and director, and the company said it will take a charge of $22 million to $24 million to correct the dating of stock option grants.
Coldwater Creek Inc. (CWTR) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $15.9 million, or 17 cents a share, down slightly from $16.4 million, or 17 cents a share, during the same period a year ago. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based retailer posted revenue of $366.6 million vs. $283.9 million.
Culp Inc. (CFI) said its third quarter net loss widened slightly to $2.2 million from $2.17 million. The High Point, N.C.-based company's loss per share for the quarter was unchanged at 19 cents a share. Quarterly net sales fell to $55.7 million from $61 million.
Auto-parts maker Delphi (DPHIQ) filed to issue nearly $2 billion worth of common stock to shareholders as a key step toward funding its emergence from bankruptcy. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company is offering current stockholders the right to buy 56,700,000 shares at $35 each.
Deutsche Boerse (581005) said CFO Mathias Hlubek and Matthias Ganz, chief operations officer, have resigned in a mutually agreed move. The German stock exchange operator said CEO Reto Francioni will take on the CFO role on an interim basis, while other board members will take on Ganz's role in their respective business areas.
Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (DRC) has commenced a secondary offering of 11.6 million shares of its common stock to be sold by shareholder D-R Interholding LLC.
Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO) expects to record a pretax charge of $10.5 million, or 4 cents a share, for the fiscal year-ended August 26 on improper accounting regarding stock option grants between 1995 and 2006.
Flamel Technologies SA (FLML) reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $5.86 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $6.45 million, or 28 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The French biopharmaceutical company posted revenue of $7.78 million vs. $6.26 million.
Foot Locker Inc. (FL) said an extra week helped boost its fiscal fourth-quarter net income to $113 million, or 72 cents a share, from $95 million, or 61 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales for the 14 weeks ended Feb. 3 rose 5.6 percent to $1.65 billion from $1.56 billion in the 13-week period a year ago.
General Dynamics Corp. (GD) raised its quarterly dividend 26 percent to 29 cents from 23 cents a share.
Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT) said February same-store sales fell 2.7 percent. Analysts had expected a 4.6 percent fall in monthly comp sales, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. For the four weeks ended March 3, the retailer said net sales rose 3 percent to $49.8 million.
Hurray Holding Co.'s (HRAY) fourth-quarter net income fell to $1.57 million, or 7 cents an American depositary share, from $3 million, or 13 cents an ADS, a year earlier. Total revenue for quarter ended Dec. 31 rose 6.3 percent to $17 million, from $16 million.
ITC Holdings Corp.'s (ITC) fourth-quarter net income more than doubled to $3.59 million, or 8 cents a share, from $1.69 million, or 5 cents a share, a year earlier, as revenue rose 59 percent. The Novi, Mich., electricity transmission infrastructure company's revenue jumped to $73.1 million from $46 million in the year-ago period.
JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) named Russell Chew as chief operating officer, effective March 19.
K2 Inc. (KTO) swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $10.4 million, or 20 cents a share, from a loss of $232.1 million, or $5.01 a share, a year earlier. Year-ago earnings included a non-cash charge of $253.2 million for goodwill. The Carlsbad, Calif., sporting goods company's revenue rose 10 percent to $388.6 million from $353.5 million a year ago.
Martek Biosciences Corp.'s (MATK) first-quarter profit fell 32 percent to $3.78 million, or 12 cents a share, from $5.58 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier. The Columbia, Md., maker of products from microalgae said revenue for the quarter rose 12 percent to $70.3 million from $62.9 million.
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (MLNX) late Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $3.84 million, up from $1.3 million during the year-ago period. Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was $433,000, or 4 cents a share, compared with nil, or breakeven on a per-share basis, last year. The maker of silicon chips for Internet video and other applications posted total revenue of $15.8 million vs. $12.2 million.
Men's Wearhouse Inc. (MW) expects first-quarter earnings between 63 cents and 67 cents a share, assuming same-store sales rise 1 percent to 2 percent in the U.S. and 5 percent to 6 percent in Canada. The Houston-based seller of men's apparel also expects to earnings between $2.80 and $2.91 a share for the fiscal year ending Feb. 2.
Men's Wearhouse's fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose to $52.3 million, or 95 cents a share, from $32.7 million, or 60 cents a share, a year earlier. The quarter ended Feb. 3 includes an extra week, as well as other significant items. Total sales rose 12 percent to $556.8 million from $497 million.
Metabolix Inc. (MBLX) reported its fourth quarter loss widened to $7.5 million from $2.3 million a year earlier. Loss per share decreased to 59 cents a share from 78 cents a share, primarily due to higher shares outstanding from its initial public offering in November. The Cambridge, Mass., biotechnology company said revenue fell to $357,000 from $707,000.
Nastech Pharmaceutical Co. (NSTK) reported its fourth quarter loss widened to $10.7 million, or 50 cents a share, from $8.9 million, or 44 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $4.8 million from $1.3 million.
National Medical Health Card Systems Inc.'s (NMHC) second-quarter net income fell 48.3 percent to $1.5 million, from $2.9 million for the same period last year. The pharmacy benefit manager said revenue for the period ended Dec. 31 decreased 9.4 percent to $199.3 million from $219.9 million.
NorthWestern Corp. (NWEC) settled a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation concerning the company's 2002 earnings restatement. The Sioux Falls, S.D., company said the SEC began an administrative proceeding, which was simultaneously settled. NorthWestern agreed, without admitting any wrongdoing, to cease-and-desist from future violations of securities laws. The company won't pay a fine.
Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ) on Wednesday said its February sales at stores open at least a year increased 12.4 percent. Analysts, on average, expected the retailer to post a same-store sales increase of 7.1 percent, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. Total net sales for the four-week period ended March 3 increased 43.9 percent to $20.7 million, from $14.4 million for the four-week period ended Feb. 25, 2006.
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