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Oracle (ORCL) posted 20 cents, vs. 19 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share (GAAP) on a 26% revenue rise.

American International Group (AIG) posted $1.21, vs. $1.01 first-quarter earnings per share on 7.6% higher net premiums written.

General Mills (GIS) posted 64 cents, vs. 74 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share from operations on 3% lower revenue. The company expects fiscal 2006 earnings per share to decline 8% to 10% from $3.08 fiscal 2005 (including a large net gain from dispositions) and targets low single-digit net sales growth.

Denim-apparel maker Innovo Group (INNO) sees lower-than-expected 5 cents fiscal 2005 earnings per share on $115 million in revenue. The company cites an anticipated decline in private label sales for the third quarter and fourth-quarter, as well as slower ramping up for its indie collection.

Monsanto (MON) posted 17 cents (including items), vs. 93 cents third-quarter earnings per share despite a 22% sales rise. The company reaffirms $2.00 to $2.25 2005 earnings per share guidance (excluding items). S&P reiterates strong sell.

Adaptec (ADPT) expects first-quarter revenue to be about 7% to 10% below guidance. It ties its shortfall to channel selling price erosion and weaker-than-expected overall demand for its SCSI offerings. S&P cuts estimate and keeps hold.

Petco Animal Supplies (PETCE) Down 1.99 to 29.62 Sees 3%-4% second-quarter same-store net sales growth. Says due to this second-quarter same-store sales forecast, addl 01/shr in costs, now expects second-quarter earnings per share to be at lower end of revised 31- 33 range. S&P reiterates buy.

Mattson Technology (MTSN) cuts $37 million to $42 million second-quarter bookings guidance to about $27 million due to changes in timing of customer orders.

Calpine Corp. (CPN) agrees to sell all domestic oil, gas exploration, and production assets for $1.05 billion to newly formed subsidiary, Rosetta Resources. Rosetta is to issue about 45.3 million shares. After the sale closes, Calpine will no longer own Rosetta.

Moissanite gemstone manufacturer Charles & Colvar (CTHR) increases its second-quarter preliminary sales estimate to $9 million to $9.5 million from a prior range of $7.7 million to $8.4 million.

Symbol Technologies (SBL) sees lower-than-expected 2 cents to 5 cents second-quarter earnings per share. The company expects 2005 revenue growth of 3% to 6% and cites continued economic sluggishness. It sets a restructuring plan, including work-force reduction and facilities write-offs and is to take a charge of $75 million to $95 million.

Integrated circuit maker Standard Microsystems (SMSC) posted 15 cents, vs. 15 cents first-quarter earnings per share despite a 30% revenue rise. The company sees 17 cents to 21 cents second-quarter earnings per share (pro forma).

Sigmatel (SGTL) cuts 48 cents to 57 cents second-quarter earnings per share guidance to 29 cents to 33 cents on lower-than-expected revenue of $68 million to $72 million.

Medical diagnostic instrument maker Dade Behring Holdings (DADE) announces clearance from the FDA for its improved formulation for antimicrobial agent vancomycin on MicroScan Dried Gram-Positive Overnight antimicrobial susceptibility test panels.

IDT Corp. (IDT) plans to commence tender offer for all Net2Phone (NTOP) shares it does not already own at $1.70 per share.

Triad Hospitals (TRI) plans to offer 3.6 million shares. It notes the offering is being made pursuant to Triad's currently effective shelf registration statement filed with the SEC.

Jarden Corp. (JAH) agrees to acquire Holmes Group Inc., provider of niche branded consumer products, in a deal valued on a debt free basis at about $625 million, consisting of about $420 million cash and 4.1 million shares.

Horizon Financial (HRZB) raises its quarterly dividend by 4% to 14 cents.


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