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Stocks in the news / Week of June 20-26

INCREASED DIVIDENDS

Quarterly unless noted otherwise

Best Buy .....15 from .14

Darden Resaurants .....32 from .25

Duke Energy .....245 from .24

Medtronic .....225 from .205

Peoples Financial .....11S from .10S

PetSmart Inc .....125 from .10

Realty Income .....1436M from .1433M

g- Canadian funds

INITIATED CASH DIVIDENDS

Epiq Systems .035Q

Lincare Holdings .20Q

DECLARED STOCK DIVIDEND

Ameris Bancorp 0.4761 pct

DECLARED STOCK SPLITS

Jos. A. Bank Clothier ....3 for 2

STOCK SPLITS LAST WEEK

Dollar Tree Inc ....3 for 2

ICOP Digital 1-10 reverse

iShs Comex Gold Trust ....10 for 1

National Coal Corp 1-4 reverse

NexMed Inc 1-15 reverse

Nextwave Wireless 1-7 reverse

Oritani Financial ....3 for 2 equiv

Wipro Ltd ....5 for 3

ANNUAL EARNINGS HIGHER

Americas Carmart ....2.27 vs 1.52

Central Bancorp MA .....92 vs (4.58)

Command Secur .....15 vs .11

Cyanotech .....26 vs .22

John Wiley & Sons ....2.45 vs 2.20

Micronetics .....25 vs (1.98)

NetApp Inc ....1.13 vs .19

Patterson Cos 1.78 sv 1.69

Smucker, JM ....4.37 vs 3.76

ANNUAL EARNINGS LOWER

(Losses)

Aerovironment .....94 vs 1.11

BMB Munai .....18 vs .37

Transcat .....19 vs .21

CALLED FOR REDEMPTION

Allegheny Energy Sup 7.8pc notes due 3-15-2011 July 16

ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS

Minimum value $100 million

Corn Products - National Starch ($1.3B)

Ralcorp - Amer Italian Pasta ($1.2B)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals - Biovail Corp ($3.3B)

NEW STOCK LISTINGS

NYSE

Fabrinet

Hudson Pacific Properties Inc

Six Flags Entertainment Corp

Spansion Inc

Vishay Precision Group wi

NYSE AMEX Equities

Kemet Corp

NASDAQ Global and Global Select Markets

None

STOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADING

NYSE

Compton Petroleum Corp

Deutsche Telekom AG

NYSE AMEX Equities

Corriente Resources Inc

Spansion Inc (to NYSE)

NASDAQ Global and Global Select Markets

Optelecom-NKF Inc (to Capital Market)

CORPORATE NAME CHANGES

Adaptec Inc to ADPT Corp