SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday's session are JDA Software Group Inc., McAfee Inc. and Celgene Corp.
Celgene (CELG) said the Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to its supplemental new drug application for Thalomid in combination with dexamethasone to treat newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
A nearly 20% increase in sales helped propel Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS) to double-digit profit growth in its fiscal first quarter, but some tough same-store-sales comparisons for the remainder of the year led the retailer to trim its 2006 earnings outlook.
Canadian business-software maker Cognos Inc. (COGN) said it was notified by Nasdaq officials that its shares face potential delisting because the company hasn't filed its annual report.
Credence Systems Corp. (CMOS) reported improved sales for the second-quarter, as the company's net loss narrowed to $14.2 million, or 14 cents a share, from a net loss of $19.5 million, or 21 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year. The chip test equipment maker said second-quarter revenue was $124.8 million, up from $101.9 million in the prior year.
Crocs Inc. (CROX) raised its second-quarter forecast based on strong consumer demand. The Niwot, Colo., footwear maker said it now expects net income of 23 cents to 25 cents a share, up from its previous forecast of 21 cents to 22 cents a share.
Daktronics Inc. (DAKT) declared a 2-for-1 stock split and raised its annual cash dividend by20%.
Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) raised its quarterly dividend 7.7% to 14 cents from 13 cents a share.
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) said it has agreed to acquire DOT Label Inc., a provider of labels for the grocery, food, beverage and consumer goods markets.
JDA Software (JDAS) and Manugistics Group Inc. (MANU) said they have received early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The waiting period was terminated for JDA's proposed acquisition of Manugistics for more than $200 million.
Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) will replace Albertson's Inc. (ABS) in the S&P 500 Index on a date to be announced.
McAfee (MFE) said it is in an informal "dialogue" with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's stock-option grants.
MTI Technology Corp. (MTIC) reported fiscal fourth-quarter net earnings of $333,000. In the same period last year, the company reported a net loss of $8.91 million. Revenue rose to $43.9 million from $35.6 million.
Nordson Corp. (NDSN) said growth in its advanced technology systems unit helped boost second-quarter net income to $21.9 million, or 64 cents a share, from $17.5 million, or 47 cents a share, during the same period in the prior year.
NWH Inc. (NWIR) said it has signed a merger agreement with UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) unit Ingenix. NWH, which offers e-commerce connectivity between health-care providers, said Ingenix will acquire NWH shares for $18.24 each in cash.
Ralcorp Holdings Inc. (RAH) said its board has approved buying back up to 2 million shares.
Restoration Hardware Inc. (RSTO) reported a first-quarter net loss of $4.91 million, or 13 cents a share, vs. a net loss of $3.11 million, or 9 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose to $133.4 million from $117.5 million.
Safeway Inc. (SWY) said its board has approved increasing its quarterly cash dividend 15% to 5.75 cents from 5 cents a share.
Senorx Inc. (SENO) filed to raise up to $86.25 million in an initial public offering. The Aliso Viejo, Calif., maker of medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has applied to have its shares listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker "SENO."
Service Corporation International (SCI) and Alderwoods Group Inc. (AWGI) said they have each received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for additional information on Service's proposed $856 million acquisition of Alderwoods.
Vignette Corp. (VIGN) said Charles Sansbury is resigning as chief financial officer, effective June 20.
Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) authorized a buyback of up to an additional $250 million of its stock.
William Lyon affirmed his intent to acquire William Lyon Homes (WLS) . Upon the merger's completion, shareholders, other than Lyon and certain of his affiliates, will receive $109 in cash per share.
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