Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trading in Thursday's session are Bear Stearns Cos., Six Flags Inc., Aeropostale Inc. and Zumiez Inc. Aeropostale ( ARO) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 99 cents a share, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Financial. ,p>Bear Stearns ( BSC) is expected to post earnings of $3.80 for the first quarter.

Biovail Corp. (BVF) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 77 cents a share.

Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. (PLCE) is expected to post earnings of $1.32 for the third quarter.

Claire's Stores Inc. (CLE) is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 82 cents a share.

RCN Corp. (RCNI) is expected to report a loss of 61 cents a share for the fourth quarter.

Shoe Carnival (SCVL) is expected to post earnings of 37 cents a share for the fourth quarter.

Six Flags (SIX) is expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of $1.18 a share.

Winnebago (WGO) is expected to post earnings of 23 cents a share for the second quarter.

After Wednesday's closing bell, Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $11.3 million, or 39 cents a share, up 67% from $6.76 million, or 23 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

The Everett, Wash.-based action sports apparel and equipment retailer said revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 3 rose 49% to $112.4 million from $75.4 million, while same-store sales rose 12%. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting a per-share profit of 36 cents on revenue of $111 million.

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Bradley Pharmaceuticals (BDY) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $1.12 million, or 7 cents a share. In the same quarter last year, the company posted a net loss of $988,683, or 6 cents a share. The Fairfield, N.J.-based company said revenue in the three months ended Dec. 31 rose to $37.7 million from $30.9 million.

Bowne & Co. (BNE) said it swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $2.23 million, or 7 cents a share, from a year-earlier loss of $7.91 million, or 24 cents a share. Income from continuing operations swung to $142,000, or less than 1 cent a share, from a year-ago loss of $7.09 million, or 21 cents a share. The New York commercial printing company's revenue grew 22% to $191.1 million from $157 million a year earlier.

Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) said Eric Brandt will join the company later this month as chief financial officer. Brandt was most recently chief executive of Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR) and was previously chief financial officer of Allergan Inc. (AGN)

ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. (IMOS) said fourth-quarter net income rose 51% to $22.1 million, or 22 cents a share, from $14.6 million, or 18 cents a share, a year earlier, as revenue grew 38%. The Hsinchu, Taiwan, semiconductor testing company's revenue jumped to $181.6 million from $131.4 million in the year-ago period. On average, analysts expected per-share earnings of 18 cents on revenue of $180.5 million, according to a poll by Thomson Financial. For the first quarter, the company expects revenue of $170 million to $174 million, compared with Wall Street's estimate of $170.5 million.

Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS) said it will further delay filing of its 2006 report on form 10-K beyond March 16 due to an ongoing stock option review.

ECollege (ECLG) said it swung to a fourth-quarter loss of $6.58 million, or 28 cents a share, from net income of $2 million, or 8 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding noncash charges of $554,000 for stock-based compensation, income from continuing operations was $3 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with $1.9 million, or 8 cents a share, a year earlier.

Hibbett Sports Inc. (HIBB) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $12.6 million, or 39 cents a share, up 27% from $9.9 million, or 29 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The Birmingham, Ala.-based sporting goods chain said revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 3 rose to $151.2 million from $120.8 million in the comparable period last year, while same-store sales rose 5.9%. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting a per-share profit of 38 cents on revenue of $150 million.

Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT) reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $8.87 million, or 20 cents a share, down 16% from $10.6 million, or 23 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The City of Industry, Calif.-based teen apparel retailer said revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 3 rose to $240.5 million from $230.4 million in the comparable period last year, while same-store sales fell 5.3%. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting a per-share profit of 21 cents on revenue of $239 million.

Pep Boys (PBY) said fiscal fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations were $8.11 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with a loss of $22.9 million, or 42 cents a share, a year ago. The bottom line swung to earnings of $7.72 million from a loss of $24.6 million. The Philadelphia auto parts retail and service chain said revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 3 rose 6.5% to $586.1 million from $550.5 million a year ago. On average, analysts polled by Thomson Financial predicted a fourth-quarter loss of 12 cents a share and revenue of $554.2 million.

PXRE Group Ltd. (PXT) will merge with Argonaut Group Inc. (AGII) in a stock swap, resulting in an entity called Argo Group that will be 73%-owned by Argonaut's shareholders, the companies said. Argonaut shareholders will receive 6.4672 shares of PXRE for each Argonaut share. San Antonio-based underwriter Argonaut plans to pay a $60 million dividend to its common shareholders before the merger closes.

Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) said it's sold its racing communications business to privately held Roberts Communications Network LLC, for a 29.4% stake in Roberts. Scientific Games expects the transaction to add to earnings.

Staar Surgical Co.' (STAA) said its fourth-quarter loss widened to $5.68 million, or 22 cents a share, from $3.43 million, or 14 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the loss was $3.59 million, or 14 cents a share. The Monrovia, Calif., provider of minimally invasive ophthalmic products said net sales increased 27% to $15.3 million from $12.1 million a year ago. On average, analysts polled by Thomson Financial predicted fourth-quarter revenue of $14.9 million.