11 Big Unusual After-Hours Movers On News (AKAM, ACOM, CRUS, CROX, EQIX, HRB, LSI, SKX, STMP, TQNT, XLNX)April 25, 2012 by Jon C. Ogg
Earnings season is in full swing and we have many earnings reports moving stocks after the close. 24/7 Wall St. has picked the biggest and most unusual stocks gains and losses in the after-hours session so far this Wednesday.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) is seeing what might be an unusual move to some. The company beat earnings estimates even though earnings were down 15%. Despite a revenue gain, the company announced that its CEO would step down from the company by the end of 2013. Shares closed up 2.7% today and the stock is up another 2.7% at $38.75 in the after-hours session.
Ancestry.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) rose 4.4% ahead of the closing bell to $24.44 but the company announced earnings and that it is acquiring a service called Archives.com as well. This is for more growth and solidification of its business and the stock is up another 6% at $26.00 in the after-hours session on over 50,000 shares.
Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRUS) rose 11% ahead of the close to $23.09 today, but shares are up another 8% or so on over 500,000 shares since the market closed after reporting revenues and earnings ahead of estimates. This will mark a 52-week high.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) was up 3.5% to $77.17 today but then after beating earnings and raising guidance the stock is up yet another 6.5% to $77.35 in the after-hours session on about 400,000 shares since the close.
Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) has to admit that its shoes are ugly even if they are comfortable. Its stock was up 2.5% at $22.04 ahead of the close, but a 32% earnings gain is being trumped with an outlook that is not as robust as investors were hoping. Shares are down over 8% at $20.22 on more than 250,000 shares since the close.
Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) is back in the saddle and shares are now again within striking distance of new highs. Shares closed up 1.2% at $149.47 on the day but investors are cheering its earnings gains with a 7.6% gain to $160.85 on over 300,000 shares traded since the closing bell.
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) was up 0.9% in normal trading today but despite a record year in total tax clients the company is shedding some 350 jobs and is shutting some 250 stores in order to save money. Shares are down 10.4% at $14.35 in the after-hours session against a 52-week range of $12.54 to $17.83.
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) has been riding high this week on news after Apple beat earnings and after Barron’s touted it over the weekend. After a gain of 5% to $8.43 today, the company’s reaction to beating earnings and increasing guidance is sending shares up 2% to $8.60 in the after-hours.
Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was up despite a huge drop in sales and despite a loss as the cleaning out of inventory and restructuring is taking hold with pairs sold on the rise. The change was less than 1% today but the stock is up 16% at $17.34 in the after-hours with almost 100,000 having traded since the closing bell alone.
Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ: STMP) is one of the after-hours leaders as well with a gain of 11% at $31.45 on over 25,000 shares since the market closed. The online stamp outfit did not just grow, it grew handily: 27% in its core PC postage revenues and up 41% in non-GAAP earnings per share.
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT) rose over 7% today as an Apple-winner, but shares are down huge as guidance fell short of estimates. Maybe Apple drove too hard of a bargain. The drop is a sharp 13.4% to $4.76 in the after-hours session on over 500,000 shares since the close.
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) showed a net income drop but its outlook for the current quarter is signaling improvements are on the way. Shares rose over 2% today but the stock is up over 7% at $36.85 on almost 200,000 shares since the close.
JON C. OGG