U.S. HOT STOCK FUTURES: HOT STOCKS TO WATCH
02/06/2013| 06:30am US/Eastern
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Wednesday's session are Zynga Inc. (>> Zynga Inc), Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (>> Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.) and Shutterfly Inc. (>> Shutterfly, Inc.).
Zynga reported a quarterly loss, flat revenue and declining "bookings," but the results beat Wall Street expectations for adjusted earnings and revenue. The online game-company's shares were up 6.6% to $2.92 after hours.
Take-Two's third-quarter profit soared on a 76% increase in revenue, thanks in part to a record-breaking release of a basketball game. In addition, the New York game maker authorized the repurchase of up to 7.5 million shares. Shares jumped 6.6% after hours to $13.50.
Shutterfly's fourth-quarter earnings jumped 50% as the photo sharing and printing website operator's sales and margins improved. Shares climbed 14% to $38.32 after hours as results topped Shutterfly's estimates and as the company provided full-year revenue guidance above analyst expectations.
CSG Systems International Inc.'s (>> CSG Systems International, Inc.) fourth-quarter profit rose 40% as the business-support provider reported higher software sales. Shares jumped 13% to $21 after hours as earnings and revenue easily beat Street expectations.
Expedia Inc. (>> Expedia Inc) warned of rivals ratcheting up competition at home as it projected a relatively modest increase in earnings this year. Shares in the online travel agent were up 5% at $70.85 in after-hours trading, after it reported a solid fourth quarter barring the effect of an extraordinary legal cost. Revenue beat analyst expectations.
Hain Celestial Group Inc.'s (>> The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.) fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 58% as the organic-products company reported that its U.K. sales more than doubled. Shares fell 4.6% after hours to $56.66, however, as earnings beat analysts' expectations but revenue missed.
Pike Electric Corp.'s (>> Pike Electric Corporation) fiscal second-quarter earnings more than quadrupled as the energy-systems company recorded significantly higher revenue thanks to storm-restoration activity. Shares climbed 10% to $12 after hours Tuesday as results surpassed Wall Street expectations.
Silicon Image Inc.'s (>> Silicon Image, Inc.) fourth-quarter loss narrowed as the provider of high-definition connectivity products reported fewer charges and modest revenue growth. Shares rose 5.9% to $4.85 after hours as earnings beat analyst expectations.
Walt Disney Co.'s (>> The Walt Disney Company) fiscal first-quarter earnings slipped 5.6% as the entertainment giant recorded lower profits at its studio business. Shares were up 2.7% to $55.78 after hours as results beat analyst expectations.
Aeropostale Inc. (>> Aeropostale, Inc.) said President Michael J. Cunningham will be retiring, effective March 29, after more than 12 years at the youth-focused retailer.
Aflac Inc.'s (>> AFLAC Incorporated) fourth-quarter earnings rose 8% on revenue growth in its Japan and U.S. businesses and as the company benefited from a decline in net after-tax realized investment losses.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.'s (>> C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.) fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled as the transportation and logistics company's benefited from strong demand for its trucking services and revenue also was boosted by recent acquisitions. However, adjusted earnings missed expectations.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s (>> Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.) fourth-quarter profit rose 6.8% as the burrito chain was buoyed by improved revenue, though higher food costs continued to challenge margins.
CME Group Inc.'s (>> CME Group Inc) fourth-quarter earnings fell 78% after a prior-year tax benefit of $377 million and as trading volume remained weak.
Equity Residential's (>> Equity Residential) fourth-quarter profit surged as the apartment landlord benefited from real-estate sales, and rental income grew.
Fiserv Inc.'s (>> Fiserv, Inc.) fourth-quarter earnings rose 25% as the financial-technology provider reported lower expenses as it got a boost from discontinued operations.
Genworth Financial Inc.'s (>> Genworth Financial Inc) fourth-quarter profit rose 17% as the company benefited from a change in the way the Canadian government regulates mortgage insurance.
Hanesbrands Inc.'s (>> Hanesbrands Inc.) fourth-quarter earnings shot up 96% as the apparel maker reported sales growth at its underwear and outwear segments and sharply improved margins.
Healthcare Services Group Inc.'s (>> Healthcare Services Group, Inc.) fourth-quarter earnings rose 21% as the company's revenue and margins strengthened.
Jack Henry & Associates Inc.'s (>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.) fiscal second-quarter earnings increased 5.1% as the financial-services company's revenue from electronic payments services continued to strengthen, though its overhead expenses more than doubled due to costs related to Hurricane Sandy.
Kimco Realty Corp.'s (>> Kimco Realty Corp) fourth-quarter profit rose 90% as the real-estate investment trust posted higher gains from disposing properties, while funds from operations--a key measure of profitability--also grew.
Defense contractor L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (>> L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.) raised its quarterly dividend 10% and authorized the repurchase of as much as $1.5 billion of its stock in a bid to boost shareholder returns.
Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlook on MetLife Inc. (>> Metlife Inc) and its U.S. subsidiaries to negative from stable, citing pressures to the life insurer's profitability and financial flexibility as it faces a weak economic and low interest-rate environment.
Panera Bread Co.'s (>> Panera Bread Co) fourth-quarter income jumped 34% as the bakery-cafe chain's same-store sales continued to improve.
SLM Corp.'s (>> SLM Corp) board has raised its quarterly dividend by 20% and approved a $400 million share buyback program, as the U.S.'s largest student lender looks to increase shareholder return.
TICC Capital Corp. (>> TICC Capital Corp.) has commenced a public offering of 3 million shares, with the intention of using net proceeds for general corporate purposes. The company, which provides funding to technology firms, had about 41.4 million shares outstanding as of Jan. 16.
Unum Group (>> Unum Group) swung to a fourth-quarter profit as the insurer benefited from a drop in charges, and revenue increased amid continuing strength in its U.S. business.
WNS Holdings Ltd. (>> WNS (Holdings) Limited) said its largest shareholder Warburg Pincus LLC is proposing to offer more than 12.6 million American depository shares, representing its entire roughly 25% stake in the Indian business-process-outsourcing company. WNS, which had about 50.5 million shares outstanding as of Dec. 31, doesn't plan to offer any ADSs in the offering and won't receive any proceeds from the sale.
Moody's Investors Service upgraded Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s (>> Wynn Resorts, Limited) rating by a notch to the brink of investment grade, saying growth in Macau is likely to continue to support the casino operator's development plans.
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Stocks mentioned in the article : Zynga Inc
, Pike Electric Corporation
, Panera Bread Co
, Metlife Inc
, L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.
, Kimco Realty Corp
, Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
, Healthcare Services Group, Inc.
, Shutterfly, Inc.
, Silicon Image, Inc.
, Wynn Resorts, Limited
, WNS (Holdings) Limited
, Unum Group
, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
, TICC Capital Corp.
, SLM Corp
, CME Group Inc
, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
, CSG Systems International, Inc.
, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
, Aeropostale, Inc.
, The Walt Disney Company
, Fiserv, Inc.
, Genworth Financial Inc
, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
, Hanesbrands Inc.
, Expedia Inc
, Equity Residential
, AFLAC Incorporated