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04/13/2012 | 08:59am US/Eastern

Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Coinstar Inc. (>> Coinstar, Inc.), Dow Chemical Co. (>> The Dow Chemical Company) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC).

Coinstar raised its earnings and revenue forecasts for its first quarter and full year, saying it experienced increased consumer demand at its Redbox movie rental kiosks, especially for titles like "Moneyball" and "Puss and Boots." Shares jumped 13% to $69.01 premarket.

Dow Chemical's board approved a 28% increase in the quarterly dividend, reflecting confidence in its prospects. Shares rose 1.5% to $33.15 premarket.

Wells Fargo's first-quarter profit rose 13% as the giant U.S. bank booked better-than-expected revenue growth with help from strong mortgage banking. But shares still slipped 1.8% to $33.40 premarket. The bank's stock has gained 23% this year and double that since Thanksgiving amid the banking sector's recent broad surge.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s (>> JPMorgan Chase & Co.) first-quarter earnings fell 3.1% as legal expenses and debt-related charges weighed, masking a surprise increase in revenue. Shares shed 1% to $44.40 premarket.

Infosys Ltd. (INFY, 500209.BY) Friday posted a better-than-expected net profit for the January-March quarter, but the company's forecast that it may underperform the Indian outsourcing industry in revenue growth this fiscal year drove its American depositary shares down 13% to $49.36 premarket.

IGate Corp.'s (>> iGATE Corporation) first-quarter earnings rose a bigger-than-expected 35% as information-technology company's revenue surged, masking slightly weaker margins. Shares traded up 4.8% to $18 premarket.

Powerwave Technologies Inc. (>> Powerwave Technologies, Inc.) cut its downbeat first-quarter revenue expectations on weakness across its markets as its customers delayed or cut spending. Shares were off 20% to $1.71 in premarket trading.

KB Home (>> KB Home) has cut its quarterly dividend 60% as the company seeks to free its cash to take better advantage of an improving housing market. KB Home's stock declined 0.7% to $8.40 in light premarket trading.

 
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Adobe Systems Inc. (>> Adobe Systems Incorporated) said it will buy back up to $2 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal 2015, as the software company looks to increase shareholder value.

ARC Wireless Solutions Inc. (>> ARC Wireless Solutions) said it will acquire two companies with metal injection molding assets in deals valued at a combined $74.4 million and will change its name to reflect its transformation to a diversified manufacturing holding company.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc.'s (>> Bank Of The Ozarks Inc) first-quarter earnings rose 23%, led by growth in the company's interest income and as gains from service charges boosted noninterest income.

Best Buy Co. (>> Best Buy Co., Inc.) said it will create a committee to lead the search for a new chief executive officer, two days after Brian Dunn abruptly stepped down from the CEO post.

Cosi Inc. (>> Cosi, Inc.) plans to launch a rights offering for up to 19.9% of the company's common stock to its shareholders.

Google Inc. (>> Google Inc) reported a 61% gain in quarterly profit Thursday, as the Internet search giant moved ahead with a long-anticipated stock split that keeps the company firmly under the control of its co-founders.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.'s (>> J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.) first-quarter earnings rose 35%, led by continued growth at the trucking company's intermodal-transportation division.

Map Pharmaceuticals Inc. (>> MAP Pharmaceuticals Inc.) plans to meet with the Food and Drug Administration during the current quarter to discuss manufacturing issues that are preventing approval of its migraine medication Levadex.

Mosaic Co. (>> Mosaic Co) said it will more than double its quarterly dividend, as the fertilizer producer looks to put its cash stockpile to use and boost shareholder returns.

Talbots Inc.'s (>> The Talbots, Inc.) fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened, as restructuring and executive retirement costs, as well as promotions, pressured results for the women's apparel retailer.

The general partners of two Teekay Corp. (>> Teekay Corporation) spinoff companies raised their quarterly dividends, joining a growing list of companies looking to bolster shareholder value with bigger payouts. Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (>> Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.) said it increased its dividend 2.5% while Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (>> Teekay LNG Partners L.P.) raised its dividend by 7.1%.

Tibco Software Inc. (>> Tibco Software Inc.) said it paid $130 million to acquire LogLogic Inc., in a deal that expands the software provider's operational intelligence offerings.

Universal Health Services Inc. (>> Universal Health Services, Inc.) expects to receive about $35 million to correct underpayment from the Medicare inpatient-prospective-payment system under an industrywide settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

-Edited by Corrie Driebusch and Nathalie Tadena; write to corrie.driebusch@dowjones.com

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