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Kindred Healthcare Climbs

Kindred Healthcare (KIND) posted a $2.49 second-quarter loss vs. $1.21 earnings per share despite a 4.1% revenue rise. Kindred notes it increased liquidity, increasing cash levels to $170 million at the end of the second quarter from $100 million at the end of the first quarter.

Computer Sciences (CSC) posted 49 cents vs. 46 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share on a 29% revenue rise. Goldman downgraded to in-line from outperform. S&P maintains accumulate.

Gaming-machine maker WMS Industries (WMS) posted a 17-cent fourth-quarter loss (including charges) vs. 2 cents earnings per share on an 18% revenue rise, and expects steady improvement in financial results through fiscal 2004.

Inspire Pharmaceuticals (ISPH) announced encouraging results from its Phase IIIb study of diquafosol for the treatment of dry eye.

Toll Brothers (TOL) announced the sale of three million shares to Citigroup Global Markets for about $87 million; it granted Citigroup a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 300,000 shares.

Prudential upgraded Gentex (GNTX) to buy from hold.

Michael Bechtol resigned as president and CEO of Catalina Marketing (POS).

Wal-Mart (WMT) posted 52 cents vs. 45 cents second-quarter earnings per share from continuing operations on a 3.2% total company same-store sales rise, and an 11% total sales rise. Wal-Mart reportedly sees 45 cents to 47 cents third-quarter earnings per share.

News Corp. (NWS) posted 24 cents vs. 8 cents fourth-quarter earnings per American Depositary Receipt on a 20% revenue rise.

Circuit City (CC) posted 8% lower same-store sales in the first two months of the second quarter. The consumer electronics chain will sell the bankcard portion of its finance operations, and anticipates a 96 cents per share after-tax charge.

Applied Material (AMAT) posted a 2-cent third-quarter loss vs. 7 cents earnings per share on a 25% revenue drop. The chipmaker notes a $164 million pre-tax realignment charge, or 7 cents per share, resulted in a third-quarter net loss. S&P reiterates accumulate.

Medtronic (MDT) posted 37 cents vs. 31 cents first-quarter earnings per share on a 20% revenue rise.

Late Tuesday Gillette (G) announced it filed a patent infringement suit against Energizer, charging that Energizer's new Schick Quattro razor violates Gillette's Mach3 shaving system technology patent.

Georgia Gulf (GGC) says third-quarter results will be lower by about $3 million after taxes, or 9 cents a share, due to an unscheduled outage at its vinyl chloride monomer plant in Plaquemine, La.

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) posted 35 cents vs 31 cents second-quarter earnings per share despite an 8% same-store sales drop, and an 8.1% total sales rise. A&F says if second-quarter sales trend continues, it sees flat-to-slightly-higher third-quarter earnings per share. CS First Boston downgraded to neutral from outperform.

Maxim Integrated (MXIM) posted 24 cents vs. 20 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share on a 5.3% revenue rise, and raised the quarterly dividend 100%.

Fox Entertainment (FOX) posted 29 cents vs. 5 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share on a 15% revenue rise.

Six Flags (PKS) posted 16% lower second-quarter EBITDA on flat sales. It sees 2003 revenue down 1.3% from 2002 on 1.75%-3% lower attendance at its amusement parks.

ImClone Systems (IMCL) posted a 47-cent second-quarter loss per share vs. a 63-cent loss on a 2.6% total revenue rise. ImClone expects to maintain the current and planned operations through at least June 2004.

Hot Topic (HOTT) set a 3-for-2 stock split.

Advertising company Interpublic Group (IPG) posted a 4-cent second-quarter loss vs. 29 cents earnings per share on flat revenues. InterPublic says business conditions remain difficult, and decided to withdraw its previous earnings per share guidance.

El Paso (EP) posted a 45-cent second-quarter loss vs. 11 cents earnings per share from continuing operations (GAAP) on a 7.8% operating revenue decline. El Paso sees 15 cents to 45 cents 2003 pro forma earnings per share from continuing operations.

Cable and pay-TV company EchoStar Communications (DISH) posted 27 cents vs. 8 cents second-quarter basic earnings per share on a 21% total revenue rise.

Biotech firm Xoma (XOMA) posted a 22-cent second-quarter loss vs. a 14-cent loss on a 49% revenue decline.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) posted 28 cents vs. 22 cents second-quarter earnings per share on an 18% net sales rise. The jewelry retailer maintains the fiscal 2004 guidance of $1.33-$1.38 earnings per share, and the low-teens percentage increase in net sales.

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