U.S. HOT STOCK FUTURES: HOT STOCKS TO WATCH
07/27/2012| 07:03am US/Eastern
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Facebook Inc. (>> Facebook Inc), Starbucks Corp. (>> Starbucks Corporation) and Expedia Inc. (>> Expedia, Inc.).
Facebook Inc. (>> Facebook Inc) posted a second-quarter loss, thanks largely to heavy employee-compensation costs and other rising expenses, and offered little insight into its progress in making money through mobile devices. Shares slumped 11% to $23.97 after hours.
Starbucks Corp.'s (>> Starbucks Corporation) fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 19%, but the coffee giant said it saw slowing same-store sales growth in June and lowered its earnings guidance going forward. Earnings missed the company's own and analysts' estimates, marking the first time since the quarter ended December 2008 that Starbucks has fallen short of analysts' expectations. Shares fell 10% to $47.07 after hours.
Expedia Inc.'s (>> Expedia, Inc.) robust hotel revenue growth offset pressure from continued heavy technology spending, keeping the second quarter's profit decline unexpectedly shallow. Shares jumped 15% to $52.39 after hours.
Acme Packet Inc. (>> Acme Packet, Inc.) swung to a slight loss in its second-quarter as the data-delivery company's revenue and margins weakened. Shares slid 15% to $13.82 after hours as the company sharply lowered its full-year guidance.
Blucora Inc. (>> Blucora Inc) swung to a second-quarter profit--and forecast strong growth in the current quarter--as the company's web search business saw substantial improvement and its year-ago period was weighed down by the sale of an underperforming business. Shares jumped 18% after hours to $15 after the company easily topped its guidance.
Cerner Corp.'s (>> Cerner Corporation) second-quarter earnings rose a better-than-expected 36% as the hospital-information technology vendor saw revenue jump in both its main segments, led by system sales. However, shares sank 9.6% after hours to $70.52 as the company predicted mostly downbeat third-quarter results.
Coinstar Inc.'s (>> Coinstar, Inc.) second-quarter earnings jumped 38% as the company again saw growth in its Redbox DVD-rental business results. However, shares fell 13% to $51.50 after hours as revenue grew less than analysts expected.
Deckers Outdoor Corp.'s (>> Deckers Outdoor Corp) second-quarter loss widened as the footwear maker's expenses continued to offset sales gains. But the company's earnings and revenue, helped by an acquisition, beat Wall Street estimates, and shares jumped 15% to $48.25 after hours.
Green Dot Corp.'s (>> Green Dot Corporation) second-quarter earnings slipped 1.5% as the provider of prepaid financial services' margins weakened. Shares dropped 20% to $18.64 after hours as results missed analyst expectations and as the company also lowered its full-year outlook, citing a greater level of uncertainty in the prepaid market.
Netgear Inc.'s (>> NetGear, Inc.) second-quarter earnings rose 4.5% as the networking company's revenue improved, though adjusted profits missed analyst expectations. Shares declined 15% to $29.70 as the company also offered a downbeat outlook for the current quarter.
Power-One Inc.'s (>> Power One Inc) second-quarter earnings rose a better-than-expected 47% as the renewable energy products company's revenue growth easily surpassed its own estimates. Shares of the company climbed 13% to $5.50 after hours as it also offered upbeat guidance for the current quarter.
VCA Antech Inc.'s (>> VCA Antech, Inc.) second-quarter earnings fell 13% as the animal hospital operator booked higher expenses in its core business, pressuring its profit margins. The company expects full-year results to be closer to the bottom end of its issued guidance. Shares were down 10% to $17.50 after hours.
Amarin Corp. PLC (>> Amarin Corporation plc (ADR)) said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its Vascepa fish-oil heart pill for patients with high triglycerides, but it is still awaiting a decision on whether the capsules will be granted new chemical entity status that would give the drug a five-year period of exclusivity.
Amgen Inc.'s (>> Amgen, Inc.) second-quarter earnings rose 8.2% as weaker sales of the biopharmaceutical company's anemia drugs were offset by growth of other treatments.
AptarGroup Inc.'s (>> AptarGroup, Inc.) second-quarter earnings fell 19% as the dispenser maker was hurt by a recent acquisition and saw sales slide in its beauty-and-home business, its biggest segment. It predicted third-quarter earnings below analyst expectations.
CA Inc.'s (>> CA, Inc.) fiscal first-quarter earnings edged down 0.4% after the business-computing company sold less new software than expected, prompting CA to scale back revenue goals for the rest of its fiscal year.
Clearwire Corp.'s (>> Clearwire Corporation) second-quarter loss narrowed as the wireless-data company continues its talks for a network partnership or possible asset sales.
Chubb Corp.'s (>> The Chubb Corporation) second-quarter profit fell 3.6% as the property-and-casualty insurer reported heavy catastrophe losses from U.S. storms and lower investment income.
Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc.'s (>> Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc) second-quarter profit climbed 9.4% as the company saw revenue growth, particularly in its plumbing and accessories segment.
Gilead Sciences Inc.'s (>> Gilead Sciences, Inc.) second-quarter earnings slid 4.6% as the biopharmaceutical company reported a double-digit rise in costs that offset strong revenue growth.
Global Payments Inc.'s (>> Global Payments Inc) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings sank 91% as the payment-processing company booked an $84.4 million charge related to a security breach, though it reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings and revenue.
Hancock Holding Co.'s (>> Hancock Holding Company) second-quarter earnings soared as the regional lender's net interest income increased.
HealthSouth Corp.'s (>> HEALTHSOUTH Corp.) second-quarter earnings more than doubled amid improved revenue and year-earlier charges related to debt extinguishment. It raised its full-year earnings view.
Ingram Micro Inc.'s (>> Ingram Micro Inc.) second-quarter earnings improved a better-than-expected 2.6% as the computer-equipment distributor and supply-chain-logistics company saw the strong sales growth in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region outpace the continued weakness in Europe.
KLA-Tencor Corp.'s (>> KLA-Tencor Corporation) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings edged up 1.2% as the company saw a lower provision for income taxes that offset higher costs and flat revenue.
Leggett & Platt Inc.'s (>> Leggett & Platt, Inc.) second-quarter earnings rose a better-than-expected 19% after the diversified manufacturer saw expenses shrink as the company appeared to benefit from restructuring efforts, though revenue edged down.
McKesson Corp.'s (>> McKesson Corporation) fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 33% on improved sales and a boost from a $51 million aftertax gain related to the drug wholesaler's acquisition of the remaining 50% ownership interest in its headquarters building.
Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.'s (>> Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.) second-quarter profit surged as the reinsurer reported growth in premiums and fewer underwriting expenses.
Newmont Mining Corp.'s (>> Newmont Mining Corp) second-quarter earnings fell 28% as the gold mining company reported lower gold and copper output, and lowered its full-year production view.
Principal Financial Group Inc.'s (>> Principal Financial Group Inc) second-quarter profit fell 20% as the asset manager and insurer recorded capital losses on mortgages and mortgage-backed securities.
Reinsurance Group of America Inc.'s (>> Reinsurance Group of America Inc) second-quarter profit rose 14% as the life reinsurer continued to see rising revenue from premiums, though claims costs also increased.
Republic Services Inc.'s (>> Republic Services, Inc.) second-quarter profit more than tripled as the trash hauler recorded a lower provision for income taxes and also smaller debt-related losses from a year ago.
Taubman Centers Inc.'s (>> Taubman Centers, Inc.) second-quarter earnings jumped 55% as the luxury-mall owner continued to see rents and occupancy strengthen. The company again raised its full-year guidance.
Universal Health Services Inc.'s (>> Universal Health Services, Inc.) second-quarter earnings rose 3.8% as the company continued to benefit from its behavioral-health hospitals' contributions, though it saw weakness in its acute-care facilities. The company lowered its adjusted earnings guidance for the year, citing the sluggish recovery.
VeriSign Inc.'s (>> Verisign, Inc.) swung to a second-quarter profit as the Internet-domain-name company's revenue and margins improved.
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Stocks mentioned in the article : Facebook Inc
, Principal Financial Group Inc
, NetGear, Inc.
, Newmont Mining Corp
, Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.
, McKesson Corporation
, VCA Antech, Inc.
, Verisign, Inc.
, Universal Health Services, Inc.
, Taubman Centers, Inc.
, Starbucks Corporation
, Republic Services, Inc.
, Reinsurance Group of America Inc
, Power One Inc
, Deckers Outdoor Corp
, Coinstar, Inc.
, Clearwire Corporation
, Cerner Corporation
, The Chubb Corporation
, CA, Inc.
, Blucora Inc
, AptarGroup, Inc.
, Acme Packet, Inc.
, Amarin Corporation plc (ADR)
, Expedia, Inc.
, Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc
, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
, KLA-Tencor Corporation
, Ingram Micro Inc.
, HEALTHSOUTH Corp.
, Hancock Holding Company
, Global Payments Inc
, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
, Green Dot Corporation
, Amgen, Inc.