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Major Gainers and Losers on September 25; MTN, NEOG, KEG, RHT, FDS

The following were the major gainers and losers in trading on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) soared 8.23% on Tuesday after the company reported fourth quarter results that bettered Wall Street’s expectations. MTN’s  fourth-quarter loss shrunk to $53.8 million or $1.50 per share compared to a loss of $53.9 million or $1.49 per share in the year earlier quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had forecasted loss of $1.56 a share.

Vail Resorts reported that net revenues for the quarter stood at $113.5 million, up from $108.7 million in the year earlier period even as analysts’ consensual estimate was for revenue of $107.18 million. in he current quarter, the company is now expecting net income to fall within the range of $50-$60 million. Addressing analysts, Vail Reorts, Chief Executive Rob Katz said in an statement,  ”Our guidance for Fiscal 2013 anticipates a return to more normal weather conditions and the continuation of a challenging, but stable economic environment.”

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) climbed 7.08% on Tuesday after the company reported better-than-expected fiscal quarter results.

Neogen reported a profit of $6.7 million, or 28 cents a share, compared to profit if $6 million, or 25 cents, in the year earlier quarter. Revenue soared 8.8% to $49.7 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had forecasted earnings of 27 cents on revenue of $51 million.

Gross margin stood at 53.3%, up from 50.3% in the year period since company brought changes in its product mix. The company focused on diagnostic products in the food segment history—a higher margins business. Neogen Corporation along with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets a varied line of products dedicated to food and animal safety.

Key Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: KEG) slumped 12.52% during regular trading hours on Tuesday after the company announced that it anticipates fiscal quarter three results to miss market expectations. Compared to the year earlier quarter, KEG is expecting consolidated revenue  fall by 4% to 5%, while operating income margins are expected to fall by 250 to 350 basis points.

Meanwhile, the company also said that it has offloaded its Argentina operations effective September 14, 2012 and will record non-cash, pre-tax charge against ceased operations of around $45 million in the third quarter.

Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) plunged 4.28% after the company reported 12% drop in profits for the fiscal second quarter, late on Monday. The company attributed higher operating costs as an obstacle in continued growth in the revenue. In the second quarter, RHT reported profit of $35 million, or 18 cents a share, on revenue of $322.6 million, compared with profit of $40 million, or 20 cents a share on revenue of $281.3 million in the year earlier quarter.  After excluding onetime expenses, companies profit would have come at $54.9 million or 28 cents a share. Analysts polled by FactSet Research had forecasted earnings of 29 cents a share on revenue of $322 million.

Red Hat is engaged in providing open source software solutions to the enterprise, including its Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE: FDS) fell by 4.19% on Tuesday. The research and analysis agency reported 18% jump in fourth quarter earnings, thanks to rising revenue and clientele base; nevertheless, shares plunged as revenue growth for the first time fell below 10%, putting an end to a series of double digit growth seen in last two years.


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