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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Friday's session are RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), Durect Corp. (DRRX) and Alcoa Inc. (AA). RF Micro Devices said it expects its fiscal-third quarter revenue to miss its expectations due to weakened customer demand. Shares slid 18% to $4.60 premarket as the chip maker projects revenue of approximately $225 million, below its October view of $250 million. Durect said a Phase III clinical study designed to measure the safety and efficacy of its post-operative pain relief drug Posidur in abdominal surgical procedures didn't yield statistically significant results. Shares plunged 32% to 80 cents in recent premarket trading as the company said it intends to hold a pre-new drug application meeting with the Food and Drug Administration after a complete analysis of the study's data. Alcoa said Thursday that it would permanently close or idle 12% of its aluminum-smelting capacity, following a year in which economic uncertainty slammed prices for the industrial metal. Shares slipped 2.6% to $9.11 in recent premarket trading. Family Dollar Stores Inc.'s (FDO) fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 8.1% as the discount retailer's same-store sales improved due to higher traffic and customer transaction values. However, shares slid 2.5% to $56.50 in premarket trading as revenue missed analyst expectations. ViroPharma Inc. (VPHM) predicted product sales of $600 million to $660 million this year, an increase from the revenue analysts expect it to post in 2011. Shares were up 4.8% at $29.50 premarket. Ruby Tuesday Inc. (RT) swung to a loss in its fiscal second quarter on higher costs and interest expense, as predicted, while the casual-dining chain reported another quarter of comparable sales declines. Shares were down 2.1% at $6.91 in light trading premarket, as Ruby Tuesday also predicted weak results for the current quarter. Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (ENDP) will pay up to $180 million, plus royalties, to BioDelivery Sciences International Inc. (BDSI) in a licensing and development agreement for one of the drug developer's pain treatments. BioDelivery's shares surged 127% to $1.91 premarket. Watch List: A. Schulman Inc.'s (SHLM) fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 45% as the company's revenue improved due to higher average selling prices. AMR Corp.'s (AAMRQ) American Airlines reported a modest decline in traffic in December as the carrier reduced domestic capacity. AngioDynamics Inc.'s (ANGO) fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 29% amid costs related to a recall of some procedure kits, though it continued to post revenue growth. Apollo Group Inc.'s (APOL) fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 37% on another revenue slide, but the for-profit education company reported new-enrollment growth for the first time in at least a year. Adjusted profit fell less than analysts expected as well. AZZ Inc.'s (AZZ) fiscal third-quarter profit increased 3.1%, as the electrical and industrial products manufacturer saw continued strength in its galvanizing-services unit but lingering pricing pressure weakened margins and its electrical and industrial segment's profit sank. The company raised its earnings guidance for the year. Best Buy Co.'s (BBY) December same-store sales fell a steeper-than-expected 1.2% on slow customer traffic and weakness in the gaming and digital imaging segments. Moody's Investors Service lowered its credit ratings on Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) further into junk territory citing the imaging company's increased probability of filing for bankruptcy, and peer Standard & Poor's Ratings Services also downgraded its ratings on liquidity concerns. Global Payments Inc.'s (GPN) fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 14% as the payment-processing company saw international revenue continue to increase. The company again raised its view for the year. Greenbrier Cos. (GBX) swung to a bigger-than-expected fiscal first-quarter profit as the railcar maker tripled its delivery of new railcars. IHS Inc.'s (IHS) fiscal fourth-quarter profit declined 38% despite a sizable jump in revenue as sharply higher pension expenses weighed down the company's earnings. Imperial Sugar Co.'s (IPSU) fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened, reflecting impairment charges and a 27% drop in the refined-sugar processor's sales volume. Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. (IART) said it expects its full-year and fourth-quarter earnings will miss its expectations, as a revenue shortfall in the fourth quarter resulted from inventory reduction, weakness outside of the U.S. and weaker-than-expected sales of its domestic Extremity Reconstruction products. Saba Software Inc.'s (SABA) posted a wider fiscal second-quarter loss as margins weakened, and the company also appointed a Gaia Interactive executive as its new chief financial officer. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services became the third ratings firm to downgrade Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) since last week, saying it expects negative earnings and constrained liquidity after the company's warnings of weak holiday sales. Shoe Carnival Inc. (SCVL) lowered its already-downbeat outlook for the fiscal fourth quarter Thursday, saying its profit would fall because unseasonably warm weather hurt boot sales. Transocean Ltd. (RIG) said Chief Financial Officer Ricardo Rosa will step down Monday ahead of retiring in April, and it said it would bring back a former financial chief to serve in that office on an interim basis. United Community Banks Inc. (UCBI) said it will restate results for 2010 and the first three quarters of 2011 to resolve concerns expressed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about the company's accounting treatment for deferred tax assets. Xyratex Ltd.'s (XRTX) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings slid 43% as lower storage infrastructure sales weighed on results. However, the results beat the company's expectations. -Edited by Ian Thomson and Maya Pope-Chappell; write to ian.thomson@dowjones.com and maya.pope-chappell@dowjones.com

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