UFI, C triumph in Thursday afternoon trading, LIOX loses much of its roar

Posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) soared 215 percent Thursday afternoon to $15.13, on volume of 230,986, roughly comparable to its three-month daily average of 248,017 shares. The news comes only a week after the Greensboro-based yarn producer announced that its third quarter net income quadrupled to $10.2 million, from $2.5 million during the year-ago quarter. UFI reported net sales reached $174 million in Q3, up roughly 22-percent over $143 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) found itself atop the leader board among biggest volumes on Thursday with 408,716,516 shares, swiftly approaching its three-month daily average of 442,066,000. Shares in the banking group climbed 2.39 percent in afternoon trading to $4.29. The favorable activity closely follows word that Citigroup was ruled not liable Thursday in a legal dispute with Terra Firma Capital Partners LP over its 2007 acquisition of British recording company EMI Group PLC. The latter party, a private-equity firm, had alleged it was duped by Citigroup into making a rich bid for EMI and had sought billions of dollars in damages.

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGM: LIOX) missed out on the general gaiety of the market Thursday, its price taking a pasting of 23.4 percent in afternoon trading to $3.83, on dismal third-quarter earnings news. Share volume of 3,437,377 was about 10 times LIOX’s three-month daily average. Lionbridge lost $3.8 million, or seven cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares with a loss of $1 million, or two cents per share, a year earlier.

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