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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) posted 22 cents vs. 15 cents first-quarter earnings per share on an 11% system-wide same store sales rise, and a 34% total revenue rise -- above analysts' average estimates of 20 cents a share. Krispy Kreme sees 20 cents second-quarter earnings per share, and 90 cents for fiscal 2004. It sees 10% higher fiscal 2004 system-wide same store sales. Thomas Weisel raised its estimates.

UBS Warburg upgraded Choice Hotels (CHH) to buy from neutral on valuation.

Cyberonics (CYBX) posted 17 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share vs. a 32-cent loss on a 37% sales rise. The medical device maker sees at least 8 cents first-quarter earnings per share, and 45 cents fiscal 2004 earnings per share. First Albany downgraded to buy from strong buy, citing disappointing fourth-quarter results from sales of its device for the treatment of epilepsy.

Semtech (SMTC) posted 11 cents vs. 13 cents first-quarter earnings per share on 11% lower sales. It notes the largest decline in new orders was in Desktop Power Management. The chipmaker sees 9 cents to 10 cents second-quarter earnings per share on a 2% sequential sales rise. Kaufman Bros. and First Albany cut their estimates.

The FDA cleared VaxGen 's (VXGN) investigational new drug application for its candidate anthrax vaccine.

ATI Technologies (ATYT) launched ALL-IN-WONDER Encode, software MPEG2 encoder for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition.

XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) is now selling selling Delphi XM SKYFi Radio in Wal-Mart Stores stores nationwide.

Merrill downgraded Argosy Gaming (AGY) to neutral from buy.

The U.S. District Court dismissed with prejudice a consolidated amended complaint in a shareholder suit against Rambus (RMBS) .

Some investors wonder if the worst is over for the long suffering airline sector. Delta Air Lines (DAL) shares have doubled since early March, but a take off could be premature, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Costco Wholesale (COST) posted 33 cents vs. 28 cents third-quarter earnings per share on a 6% same store sales rise, and an 11% net sales rise. The results beats analysts' average estimates of 31 cents a share. USB Piper upgraded to strong buy from outperform.

Greka Energy (GRKA) is in a deal with the chairman and CEO, President Randeep Grewal, to acquire all Greka shares he does not already own. Terms: $6.25 cash per Greka share.

First Albany initiated coverage on Xoma (XOMA) with buy.

Deutsche Bank reportedly initiated coverage of Ask Jeeves (ASKJ) with buy. Kaufman Bros raised its target, and reiterates buy.

Medarex (MEDX) says pre-clinical studies showed rabbits given an antibody developed by the company survived lethal exposure to anthrax, whereas those in the control group died.

Toll Brothers (TOL) posted 72 cents vs. 69 cents second-quarter earnings per share on a 10% revenue rise. The homebuilder sees at least $3 billion fiscal 2004 homebuilding revenue.

Office Depot (ODP) sees 16 cents to 18 cents second-quarter earnings per share (excluding the adoption of EITF 02-16), and 14 cents to 16 cents (GAAP). Office Depot sees second-quarter comps in the negative 3%-4% range, up from negative 7% in the first quarter. It sees continued improvement in sequential comps throughout 2003.

Industrial products maker JLG Industries (JLG) posted 5 cents vs. 2 cents third-quarter earnings per share as lower costs and expenses offset a 1.4% sales drop.

Autozone (AZO) posted $1.30 vs. 96 cents third-quarter earnings per share on a 2.8% same store sales rise, and a 5.2% total sales rise.

Electrical and industrial supplies chain Hughes Supply (HUG) posted 51 cents vs. 52 cents first-quarter earnings per share on slightly lower sales. It expects second-quarter earnings per share to be above a year ago's level.

Camco Financial (CAFI) set a 5% stock buyback.


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