Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Coinstar Inc. (CSTR) and Dow Chemical Co. (DOW).
Coinstar raised its earnings and revenue forecasts for its first quarter and full year, saying it experienced increased consumer demand at its Redbox movie rental kiosks, especially for titles like "Moneyball" and "Puss and Boots." Shares jumped 14% to $69.79 premarket.
Dow Chemical's board approved a 28% increase in the quarterly dividend, reflecting confidence in its prospects. Shares rose 2.5% to $33.49 premarket.
Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) said it will buy back up to $2 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal 2015, as the software company looks to increase shareholder value.
ARC Wireless Solutions Inc. (ARCW) said it will acquire two companies with metal injection molding assets in deals valued at a combined $74.4 million and will change its name to reflect its transformation to a diversified manufacturing holding company.
Bank of the Ozarks Inc.'s (OZRK) first-quarter earnings rose 23%, led by growth in the company's interest income and as gains from service charges boosted noninterest income. Shares were up
Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) unveiled Thursday a new version of its Nook Simple Touch e-reader that comes with its own glow light.
Best Buy Co. (BBY) said it will create a committee to lead the search for a new chief executive officer, two days after Brian Dunn abruptly stepped down from the CEO post.
Cosi Inc. (COSI) plans to launch a rights offering for up to 19.9% of the company's common stock to its shareholders.
Google Inc. (GOOG) reported a 61% gain in quarterly profit Thursday, as the Internet search giant moved ahead with a long-anticipated stock split that keeps the company firmly under the control of its co-founders.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.'s (JBHT) first-quarter earnings rose 35%, led by continued growth at the trucking company's intermodal-transportation division.
Map Pharmaceuticals Inc. (MAPP) plans to meet with the Food and Drug Administration during the current quarter to discuss manufacturing issues that are preventing approval of its migraine medication Levadex.
Mosaic Co. (MOS) said it will more than double its quarterly dividend, as the fertilizer producer looks to put its cash stockpile to use and boost shareholder returns.
Talbots Inc.'s (TLB) fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened, as restructuring and executive retirement costs, as well as promotions, pressured results for the women's apparel retailer.
The general partners of two Teekay Corp. (TK) spinoff companies raised their quarterly dividends, joining a growing list of companies looking to bolster shareholder value with bigger payouts. Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (TOO) said it increased its dividend 2.5% while Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (TGP) raised its dividend by 7.1%.
Tibco Software Inc. (TIBX) said it paid $130 million to acquire LogLogic Inc., in a deal that expands the software provider's operational intelligence offerings.
Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) expects to receive about $35 million to correct underpayment from the Medicare inpatient-prospective-payment system under an industrywide settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
-Edited by Corrie Driebusch, and Nathalie Tadena; write to firstname.lastname@example.org