SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Thursday's session are Viacom Inc., Analog Devices Inc., News Corp. and Kohl's Corp.
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is expected to report fiscal second-quarter earnings of 40 cents a share, according to analysts polled by Thomson First Call.
EchoStar Communications Corp. (DISH) is seen posting a first-quarter per-share profit of 43 cents.
Expedia Inc.'s (EXPE) first-quarter per-share profit is expected to be 22 cents.
J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) is expected to post first-quarter earnings of 88 cents a share.
Kohl's Corp. (KSS) is seen reporting a profit of 46 cents a share in its first quarter.
Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) is expected to report a per-share profit of 28 cents in its first quarter.
Pep Boys (PBY) is seen posting a first-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.
Urban Outfitters Inc.'s (URBN) first-quarter results are expected to show earnings of 15 cents a share.
After Wednesday's closing bell, News Corp. (NWSA) (NWS) said its fiscal second-quarter profit more than doubled on greater revenue and operating income at its cable television networks and a gain on the sale of its investment in Mexican satellite entity Innova.
Aeroflex Inc. (ARXX) reported fiscal third-quarter net earnings of $7.75 million, or 10 cents a share, compared with $3.97 million, or 5 cents a share, during the year-ago period. Pro forma earnings were 15 cents a share vs. 8 cents a share for the quarter. Revenue at the Plainview, N.Y.-based defense and broadband microelectronics maker rose 24% to $140.5 million vs. $113.8 million.
American International Group Inc. (AIG) reported lower-than-expected first-quarter earnings after the insurance giant was weighed down by several one-time costs.
Brinker International Inc. (EAT) posted a 2.1% drop in same-store sales for April with three of the restaurant operator's four chains showing declines even as menu prices went up. Chili's, Macaroni Grill and On the Border were all down for the month while Maggiano's eked out a slight same-store sales gain of less than 1%. Companywide, prices were up 3.1% in April.
Borland Software Corp. (BORL) said it expects its first-quarter loss to narrow from that of the prior quarter on revenue of around $69 million, above its earlier forecast. The company said it would delay filing its quarterly report with regulators to allow its auditors more time to complete their review, as permitted under an allowed five-day extension. Borland predicted its second-quarter revenue would rise compared to the just-ended period as it continues its efforts to contain costs throughout the year.
DaimlerChrysler AG (DCX) said it will add a third work shift to its manufacturing operations in Illinois, where the German-American car giant currently builds the 2007 Dodge Caliber. The plant will begin making the all-new Jeep Compass this month with the 2007 Jeep Patriot on tap for later this year. The new shift will add about 1,000 new jobs to the 2,650-employee facility. Some jobs will come from within Chrysler, but the company said it expects the majority to be filled with new hires.
Dobson Communications Corp. (DCEL) reported a first-quarter net loss of $10.9 million vs. $23.3 million last year. The company reported a loss applicable to common shareholders of $13.3 million, or 8 cents a share, vs. a loss of $25.4 million, or 19 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose to $287.6 million from $271.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had forecast revenue of $285 million.
Dow Jones & Co. (DJ) said April advertising revenue at The Wall Street Journal, including Weekend Edition, increased 8.3% in April on a 3.8% increase in advertising volume. At Barron's, total advertising revenue rose 6.9% on a 1.7% increase in advertising pages. Dow Jones, the parent of MarketWatch, also said international advertising revenue declined 12.1% in April, citing advertising linage declines at the Asian and European editions of The Wall Street Journal.
JDSU Corp. (JDSU) said it plans to offer $375 million of senior convertible notes due 2026 to qualified institutional buyers. JDSU said it plans to use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of existing debt.
Keane Inc. (KEA) aid Brian Keane and the company's directors have agreed that Keane will step down as president, chief executive and a director, effective immediately. The information technology company said it has received employee allegations relating about Keane's personal conduct, while he has denied any unlawful behavior. John Leahy, chief financial officer, has been named interim president and CEO. In a separate statement today, Brian Keane said the allegations are "utterly baseless and false."
Kintera Inc. (KNTA) said it expects first-quarter revenue of $10.3 million to $10.6 million. The provider of financial management software added that it sees a per-share loss of 26 cents to 28 cents.
Levitt Corp. (LEV) reported a first-quarter net loss of $660,000, or 3 cents a share. In the same period last year, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based homebuilder reported a net profit of $29.8 million, or $1.49 a share. Revenue fell 37% to $126.6 million from $199.8 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had forecast revenue of $140 million.
Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWACQ) hit by rising fuel prices and huge restructuring costs, reported its first quarter net loss doubled from a year ago.
Novartis AG (NVS) plans to build a new vaccine plant in the United States that will use the latest technology to produce avian-flu vaccine more quickly for the U.S. market in case of a pandemic.
OpenTV Corp. (OPTV) reported a first-quarter net loss of $3.13 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $3.28 million, or 3 cents a share, during the year-ago period. Revenue at the San Francisco-based company rose 9.1% to $24.9 million from $22.8 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call had forecast a first-quarter loss of a penny on revenue of $24 million.
Sento Corp. (SNTO) reported fiscal fourth-quarter net earnings of $492,333, or 12 cents a share. A year ago, the Salt Lake City-based information technology services company posted a net loss of $790,327, or 21 cents a share. Revenue rose to $17.4 million from $9 million.
Turbochef Technologies Inc. (OVEN) reported a first-quarter net loss of $4.93 million, or 17 cents a share. In the same quarter last year, the company reported a net profit of $1.52 million, or 5 cents a share. Revenue fell 53% to $9.54 million from $20.4 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had forecast a loss of 13 cents a share on revenue of $12.3 million.
UTStarcom Inc. (UTSI) said Chairman and Chief Executive Hong Lu has resigned effective Dec. 31. Ying Wu, currently CEO of the firm's China operations, will assume the role of CEO from Jan. 1 and independent director Tom Toy will take on the position of chairman. UTStarcom additionally said it began a recruitment search for a chief operating officer.
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