Research In Motion RIMM rose 12% to $12.43 in premarket trading after the BlackBerry maker's shares were upgraded to buy from neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Grocer Kroger KR is expected to earn 43 cents a share in the third quarter, up from 33 cents a year earlier, on revenue of $21.62 billion.The stock rose 4% to $26.05 in premarket trading.
Barnes & Noble BKS , the book seller, is slated to report its third-quarter results before the opening bell, and analysts are calling for a loss of 11 cents a share on revenue of $1.91 billion. The stock rose 1.9% to $16.35.5 Heavily-Shorted Earnings Plays
Other companies expected to report earnings Thursday include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store CBRL , Gildan Activewear GIL , Christopher & Banks CBK , Five Below FIVE , Mentor Graphics MENT , Omnivision Technologies OVTI , Pacific Sunwear of California PSUN , Splunk SPLK , Ulta Salon ULTA , Youku YOKU and Zumiez ZUMZ .
Walt Disney DIS , the media giant, announced Wednesday a 25% boost to its annual dividend, bringing the payout of 75 cents a share.The stock rose 0.8% in premarket trading to $49.60.Market Preview: Hurry Up and Agree
Retailer Aeropostale ARO provided Wednesday fourth-quarter earnings guidance of 36 cents to 41 cents a share, well below the consensus view for a profit of 54 cents a share.Aeropostale shares fell 9.4% to $12.80.
Japan's Sharp is in talks with Dell DELL , Intel INTC and Qualcomm QCOM about a possible capital injection to help it bolster its balance sheet, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.
NCR NCR said Wednesday it agreed to acquire Israeli software company Retalix RTLX for $30 a share, or $650 million. Retalix shares fell 0.5% in premarket trading to $29.35.
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