Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Wednesday's session are Dell Inc. (DELL), RailAmerica Inc. (RA) and PetSmart Inc. (PETM).
Dell's fiscal first-quarter earnings slipped 33% as the computer maker reported lower revenue in its consumer, public and large enterprise customer segments because of increased competition and poor execution. Shares slid 13% to $13.16 after-hours trading as earnings missed analyst expectations and the company issued downbeat revenue guidance for the current quarter. Shares of rival Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), which reports Wednesday, fell 2.3% to $21.29 after hours.
RailAmerica said Tuesday its board is considering strategic alternatives for its business, including a potential sale of the company. Shares jumped 11% to $24.49 after hours.
PetSmart's fiscal first-quarter earnings jumped a better-than-expected 34% as the pet-products retailer posted a strong rise in same-store sales and margins improved. Shares soared 9.7% after hours to $61 as the company boosted its estimates for the year.
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) reported fiscal second-quarter results at the high end of its outlook amid a boost from its industrial operations, and it provided further evidence that demand for its products was rebounding. However, the chip maker's guidance for the current quarter was softer than analysts expected. Shares slid 3.1% to $34.70 after hours.
Avago Technologies Ltd.'s (AVGO) fiscal second-quarter earnings eased 0.7% amid higher operating costs and weaker margins, though the company reported continued revenue growth. Shares rose 3.1% to $34.70 in after-hours trading as adjusted earnings exceeded expectations.
Barclays PLC's (BCS, BARC.LN) offering of 26.2 million common shares of BlackRock Inc. (BLK) priced at a 2.1% discount to BlackRock's Tuesday closing price. BlackRock shares slid 2.2% to $159.85 after hours, slightly below the offering price of $160 a share.
Compuware Corp. (CPWR) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings sank 22% on softer professional service fees and higher expenses. But shares jumped 8.2% after hours to $9.14 as the software company posted slightly better-than-expected revenue and reported large increases in software license fees and application service fees.
Guess Inc.'s (GES) fiscal first-quarter income slumped 38% as the apparel maker saw weaker European revenue and North American same-store sales weigh down results. But shares were up 7% after hours to $26.15, as the company beat its guidance for the quarter.
Altria Group Inc. (MO) said it reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service over certain leveraged lease transactions, in which it will pay $500 million in federal and state income taxes and interest. The parent of tobacco company Philip Morris also raised its full-year earnings guidance as the IRS deal requires it to pay less interest expense than it anticipated.
Collective Brands Inc.'s (PSS) fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 26% as the company posted broad sales growth.
Fitch Ratings lowered its investment-grade ratings on Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) by one notch, pointing to the information technology company's greater-than-expected profitability pressures and unresolved contract renegotiations with the U.K.'s National Health Services.
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said his office Tuesday issued a subpoena to Morgan Stanley (MS) related to a company analyst's discussions with institutional investors on Facebook Inc. (FB) prior to its tumultuous initial public offering.
Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) is facing a lawsuit seeking to represent investors who sought to trade shares of Facebook Inc. (FB) during its initial public offering last week, only to allegedly suffer millions of dollars in losses because of trading glitches.
Ralcorp Holdings Inc.'s (RAH) fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 69% as charges related to plant closures, a legal settlement provision and merger costs weighed on the food maker's bottom-line results.
Moody's Investors Services raised its ratings on Sensata Technologies N.V. (ST) one notch closer to investment grade, pointing to the maker of sensors and controls' expected strong margins.
Shoppers Drug Mart (SHDMF, SC.T) has agreed to acquire substantially all of Paragon Pharmacies Ltd.'s (PGN.V) assets for $75 million in cash, in a deal that will expand Shoppers's presence in western Canada.
STAG Industrial Inc.'s (STAG) stock offering of 7.3 million shares priced at Tuesday's closing price of $12.88.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.'s (TTWO) fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened and the company's projections for the current quarter fell far short of analysts' expectations.
Wet Seal Inc.'s (WTSLA) swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss as impairment charges weighed on the teen apparel retailer's bottom-line results and as revenue and margins weakened. The company also issued a downbeat revenue forecast for the second quarter.
-Edited By Nathalie Tadena, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-3287; email@example.com
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May 23, 2012 06:41 ET (10:41 GMT)
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