Thursday Pre-Market Notes By Stock Ticker

by: Jon Ogg

Via News Contrast:

(ACR) American Retirement $0.14 EPS vs $0.14e.
(NYSEMKT:AFCO) Applied Films gets $28.50 buyout from Applied Materials.
(NASDAQ:ANDE) Anderson's $0.49 EPS vs 0.27e; stock down 8% pre-market on in-line guidance.
(NYSE:ANF) Abercrombie & Fitch sss +17%.
(NYSE:ANN) Ann Taylor sss +10.9%.
(NASDAQ:BEBE) Bebe Stores sss +5.7% vs 6%e.
(NASDAQ:BKMU) BankMutual replaces SVC in S&P Small Cap 600 index as of 5/9 close.
(BRL) Barr Pharma $0.75 EPS vs $0.74e.
(NASDAQ:BMRN) BioMarin -$0.13 EPS vs -$0.19e.
(BF) BASF overseas earnings up 10%.
(BXG) Bluegreen $0.13 EPS vs $0.17e.
(NYSE:CBK) Christopher & Banks sees EPS $0.34-0.35 vs $0.30e.
(NASDAQ:CECO) Career Education down 5% after earnings last night; announced $500M share buyback.
(NYSE:CHS) Chicos $0.28-0.29 vs $0.30e; sss +5.4%, under estimate.
(NYSE:CTR) Cato Group raised EPS guidance.
(NYSE:CVS) CVS $0.39 EPS vs $0.38e.
(DCP) DynCorp IPO priced 25M shares today.
(NYSE:DDS) Dillards sss +10%.
(NYSE:DK) Delek IPO priced 10M shares at $16.00.
(EK) Kodak posted wider loss on items and said it is exploring alternatives for health operations and moving further toward digital business.
(NYSE:ELN) Elan has targeted Q3 as relaunch of Tysabri.
(NASDAQ:ERIE) Erie Indemnity $0.73 EPS vs $0.85e.
(ERTS) Electronic Arts trading down 8% after earnings and lowered guidance.
(FLML) Flamel -$0.41 EPS vs -$0.31e.
(NYSE:GPS) Gap Stores sss flat.
(NASDAQ:GYMB) Gymboree sss +19%.
(NYSE:HMN) Horace mann $0.50 EPS vs $0.45e.
(NYSE:HYC) Hyperion $0.05 EPS vs $0.02e.
(NASDAQ:IMOS) ChipMOS $0.27 EPS vs $0.22e.
(NYSE:IP) International Paper $0.19 EPS vs $0.14e.
(ITC) ITC Holdings $0.08 EPS vs $0.15e.
(NYSE:JCP) JCPenney sss+2.6%.
(NASDAQ:JOSB) Jos. A. Banks sss +7.3%.
(NYSE:JWN) Nordstroms sss +7.3%.
(NASDAQ:MGAM) Multimedia Games $0.09 EPS vs $0.02e.
(NASDAQ:MIK) Michael's Stores sees $0.19-0.21 EPS vs $0.23e; sss +1.4%.
(NASDAQ:MSFT) Microsoft unveiling its new advertising auction system.
(NYSE:NHI) Nat'l Health $0.45 EPS vs $0.42e.
(NYSE:NLS) Nautilus $0.16 EPS vs $0.15e.
(OEH) Orient Express Hotels -$0.19 EPS vs -$0.25e.
(NYSE:PBR) Petrobras is halting investments in Bolivia.
(NASDAQ:PEGA) Pegasystems CFO is resigning after -$0.04 EPS vs 0.00e.
(NYSE:PIR) Pier One hired JPMorgan to explore alternatives after posting wider loss expectations.
(PMI) PMI Group $1.09 EPS vs $1.11e.
(NASDAQ:PLCE) Childrens Place sss +22%.
(NASDAQ:PSUN) Pacific Sunwear sss +14% vs +6%e; guides EPR in line but R$ may be a tad light.
(NASDAQ:QLGC) Qlogic $0.21 EPS vs $0.18e.
(RUBO) Rubio's $0.02 EPs vs $0.01e.
(NASDAQ:SBUX) Starbucks sss+6% vs +6.5%e; $0.16 EPS vs $0.14e; guides $0.17 EPS vs $0.17e.
(SHRP) Sharper Image sss -32%.
(NYSE:SSI) Stages Stores sss +16%.
(NYSE:STN) Station Cassinos $0.78 EPS vs $0.69e.
(NASDAQ:STRA) Strayer Education $1.10 EPS vs $1.03e.
(NYSE:SUN) Sunoco $0.60 EPS vs $0.81e; unsure if comparable; noted refinery costs.
(NASDAQ:SUNW) Sun Micro sued Azul on patent infringement according to WSJ.
(NYSEMKT:SUF) Sulphco registered 8.1M shares for sale.
(TFSM) 24/7 Media $0.07 EPS vs $0.06e.
(NYSE:TGT) Target noted positively over Wal-Mart in the WSJ.
(NASDAQ:TRLG) True Religion $0.28 EPS vs $0.27e; guidance looks light;
(NYSE:TYC) Tyco $0.47 EPS vs $0.43e.
(NASDAQ:UNTD) United Online $0.27 EPS vs $0.26e.
(NASDAQ:USPH) US Physical Therapy $0.12 EPS vs $0.18e.
(WFMI) Whole Foods $0.36 EPS vs $0.25e; stock up 5% on guidance.
(NYSE:WMT) Wal-Mart s-s-s +6.8% vs 5.8%e; targets 2-4% for may.
(WON) Westwood Oned -$0.04 EPS vs -$0.03e.
(NYSE:WTI) W&T Offshore $0.79 EPS vs $0.63e.
(WTSLA) Wet Seal s-s-s +17%.
(NASDAQ:WYNN) Wynn Resorts $0.01/R$277.2M vs $0.11/$273.5M(e); unsure if charges in number.
(NYSE:ZLC) Zales sss +2.3%.

ABBI started as Buy at Merrill Lynch.
ADM cut to Neutral at Prudential.
AET cut to Neutral at JPMorgan; cut to In-Line at Goldman Sachs.
ASEI cut to Underperform at Jefferies.
BEN raised to Outperform at Bear Stearns.
BG cut to Underweight at Prudential.
CECO cut to Mkt Perform at Piper Jaffray, cut to Equal Weight at Lehman; maintaine reduce at UBS; maintain neutral at Prudential.
CI cut to Neutral at JPMorgan; raised to Outperform at Goldman Sachs.
CKEC raised to Hold at Soleil.
CLX raised to Neutral at Oppenheimer.
COCO cut to peer perform at Bear Stearns.
CRL started as Overweight at Lehman.
CSR & DB raised to Outperform at Bear Stearns.
ERTS cut to Sector Perform at CIBC and cut to Sell at Deutsche Bank.
HLEX raised to Buy at First Albany.
LSI raised to Overweight at Lehman.
MANT raised to Buy at Jefferies.
PRAI started as Equal Weight at Lehman.
QLGC cut to Sector Perform at RBC.
RNR raised to Hold at Citigroup.
SNH raised to Outperform at Wachovia.
SPW cut to Mkt Perform at FBR.
TRW raised to Buy at Deutsche bank.
UNH reitr Overweight at JPMorgan.
WCAA cut to Underweight at JPMorgan.
WLP reitr Overweight at JPMorgan.
WYNN reitr Overweight at MSDW; started as Neutral at JPMorgan.

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