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03/21/2013 | 09:05am US/Eastern

Among the companies with shares expected to trade actively in Thursday's session are Oracle Corp. (>> Oracle Corporation), Guess Inc. (>> Guess?, Inc.) and Yahoo Inc. (>> Yahoo! Inc.).

Oracle Corp. (>> Oracle Corporation) posted flat fiscal third-quarter earnings as revenue from new software licenses slipped, marking a hiccup in the company's effort to recast itself as a provider of Web-based software. Revenue fell short of Oracle's expectations, sending shares down 7.6% to $33.04 premarket.

Guess Inc.'s (>> Guess?, Inc.) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 24% as higher input costs and special charges offset the apparel company's improved revenue. Shares slid 8.2% to $24.73 premarket as the company also issued forecasts for the first quarter and full year that came in below expectations.

Oppenheimer abandoned its long-time neutral stance on Yahoo Inc. (>> Yahoo! Inc.) and upgraded the stock to outperform, joining the crowd of investment banks that have gotten bullish on Yahoo in the early days as a result of CEO Marissa Mayer's tenure. The firm boosted its price target to $27 from $22, helping send shares 1.7% higher to $22.46 in early trade.

Electronics contractor Jabil Circuit Inc. (>> Jabil Circuit, Inc.) posted a 9.4% decline in fiscal second-quarter profit and issued a disappointing outlook for the quarter ahead. Needham, a bull on the stock, contended, however, that the company's modest view isn't reflective of material problems in its business but "a challenging macro backdrop that has hampered growth." Shares were down 1.8% premarket at $19.13, paring earlier losses.

General Moly Inc. (>> General Moly, Inc.) (GMO.T) said negotiations have been suspended on a $665 million term loan for the development of a major mining project in Nevada following a media report that the project's main financier has been detained by Chinese authorities. Shares tumbled 21% to $2.18 premarket.

Software maker Cimatron Ltd. (>> Cimatron Ltd.) (CIMT.TV) said its two largest shareholders, DBSI Investments Ltd. and Cimatron board member William F. Gibbs, are offering to sell an undisclosed number of shares. The company won't receive any proceeds from the sale. Shares dropped 17% premarket to $5.32.

Tilly's Inc.'s (>> Tilly's Inc) fourth-quarter earnings fell 29% as the West Coast-inspired clothing retailer posted higher income-tax expenses, although revenue improved. Shares slid 6.8% to $12.82 premarket as the company gave downbeat guidance for the current quarter and full year.

Tumi Holdings Inc.'s (>> Tumi Holdings Inc) fourth-quarter earnings rose 32% as the luggage maker continued to see strong direct-sales growth in North America and internationally. But shares dropped 7.7% premarket to $22.01 as results fell short of Wall Street expectations, and the company gave a light full-year earnings outlook.

 
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Clarcor Inc.'s (>> CLARCOR Inc.) fiscal first-quarter earnings were roughly unchanged from the year-earlier period as the filter-and-packaging company also reported flat revenue.

Herman Miller Inc.'s (>> Herman Miller, Inc.) fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 11% as the office-furniture maker's international sales and higher margins boosted results.

Ignite Restaurant Group Inc.'s (>> Ignite Restaurant Group Inc) fourth-quarter loss increased from a year ago as the restaurant operator was weighed down by a handful of one-time costs, though same-store sales continued to improve.

A group of creditors has withdrawn its claim that J.C. Penney Co. (>> J.C. Penney Company, Inc.) defaulted on bonds, the department-store chain said in a securities filing Wednesday.

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.'s (>> Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.) fiscal fourth-quarter loss narrowed as the teen-focused specialty retailer posted stronger sales and margins. The company gave a downbeat view for the current fiscal quarter.

Raymond James Financial Inc.'s (>> Raymond James Financial, Inc.) assets under administration rose to $400.7 billion last month as equity markets continued to climb a "wall of worry," though the regional broker noted its core business segments have experienced mixed results.

Write to Mia Lamar at mia.lamar@dowjones.com.

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