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Pre-market Movers For March 29 (BBY, LORL, PSS, RHT, ILMN, SHLD, MAPP, RIMM)

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Gainers:

Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY: Quote) is rising 4 percent to $27.60. The company has slipped to a loss in its fourth quarter, but adjusted earnings per share were above Wall Street view.. Adjusted revenue rose 3 percent, but was below consensus. The company also announced that it is taking significant actions to lower its cost base. Comparable store sales for the quarter declined 2.4 percent.

Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (LORL: Quote) is rising over 4 percent to $83.00. The company has declared a special dividend of $13.60 per share for an aggregate dividend of up to $421 million.

Collective Brands Inc. (PSS: Quote) is gaining 14 percent to $21.00. The company's fourth quarter loss widened from the previous year, but was lesser than what analysts' had estimated. Net sales were above Wall Street estimate.

Red Hat, Inc. (RHT: Quote) is gaining over 9 percent to $56.25. The company's fourth quarter profit increased 7 percent from the prior year quarter. Both earnings per share, excluding items, and revenue were above analysts' expectations.

Illumina, Inc. (ILMN: Quote) is gaining over 2 percent to $51.15. Roche Holding AG (RHHBY.PK) boosted its offer price for the company to $51 per share. Roche's new offer represents a 15 percent premium to initial offer of $44.50 a share on January 25. Illumina, which repeatedly rejected Roche's offer, urged its stockholders not to take any action until it reviews the revised offer.

Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD: Quote) is rising 5 percent to $72.62.

Decliners:

MAP Pharmaceuticals Inc. (MAPP: Quote) is falling 4 percent to $15.51. The company's fourth quarter net loss narrowed from the last year, but was bigger than what analysts' had expected.

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM: Quote) is falling over 1 percent to $13.46. The company is slated to report its fourth quarter results today.

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Fashion retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday after the markets closed that its second quarter profit rose 10% from last year, helped by higher sales and a gain from asset sale. The company's quarterly earnings per share, excluding items, also came in above analysts' expectations as did its quarter sales. Separately, Gap announced plans to enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. While buying interest was somewhat subdued, stocks moved mostly higher over the course of the trading day on Thursday. The gains on the day extended the recent upward trend by the markets, lifting the S&P 500 to a new record closing high. Republicans have not found much to like about President Barack Obama's nearly six years in office, but the results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll show that a vast majority support the president's decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq.
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