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Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK), KBR Inc. (KBR) and Pier 1 Imports Inc. (PIR).

Deckers shares slid 12% to $74.20 premarket after the footwear maker issued some outlook targets that failed to meet Wall Street's expectations.

Natural gas companies Eagle Rock Energy Partners L.P. (EROC) and Regency Energy Partners L.P. (RGP) said the Federal Trade Commission is requesting additional information regarding Eagle Rock's sale of its midstream business to Regency. Eagle Rock slipped 2.6% to $4.95 premarket.

Medical device maker Endologix Inc. (ELGX) issued targets for the new year that fell short of Wall Street's expectations, pushing shares down 23% to $13.75 premarket.

Endo Health Solutions Inc. (ENDP) said its fourth-quarter loss widened after the drug maker warned of a significant writedown and high litigation expenses earlier this month. Revenue missed expectations, and the company also gave a weak 2014 earnings outlook. Shares edged 4% to $78.95 premarket.

KBR posted declining revenue for its 18th straight quarter, while its profit decreased 10% as it was also dragged down by various charges. The company's results and 2014 outlook missed expectations. Shares dropped 13% to $27.90 premarket.

NII Holdings Inc. (NIHD) warned that it faces long-term liquidity issues, following its weak operating performance and continued investment to turn around its results. The company, which provides wireless service under the Nextel brand in several Latin American countries, said Friday that it will have to significantly improve its performance and consider other options to build up its liquidity position "to meet its financial obligations and fund its business in 2015 and beyond." Shares dropped 32% to $1.74 premarket.

OmniVision Technologies Inc.'s (OVTI) fiscal third-quarter profit rose 43%, boosted by a one-time benefit related to the initial public offering of the company's equity investee China WLCSP Ltd. Shares rose 15% to $18.60 premarket.

Pier 1 cut its full-year earnings outlook for a second month in a row, after the home-furnishings retailer blamed the harsh winter for soft traffic at its stores. "We have continued to experience significant disruption from adverse weather in many of our major markets," Chief Executive Alex W. Smith said. "This has resulted in considerably softer store traffic." Shares declined 6.3% to $18.80 premarket.

Severe winter weather in the U.S. led United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) to cancel more than 22,500 flights during the first two months of the year, nearly quadruple last year's amount. Shares dropped 2.2% to $45.49 premarket.

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American Public Education Inc.'s ( APEI ) fourth-quarter profit slid 32% as the online learning provider reported lower course registrations, though overall enrollment improved.

Chuy's Holdings Inc.'s ( CHUY ) fourth-quarter earnings slipped 4% as the operator of its namesake Tex-Mex restaurant chain recorded higher expenses, masking an increase in revenue.

Gap Inc. (GPS) warned weakening foreign currencies may hurt its earnings in the recently started fiscal year, but the retailer posted earnings for the fourth quarter that topped the upbeat forecast it issued earlier this month.

Home Depot Inc. (HD) said Friday it has named Craig Menear as the president of its U.S. retail operations effective immediately.

Liberty Interactive Corp. (LINTA, LINTB) said its fourth-quarter operating profit rose as its QVC home-shopping network business posted revenue growth. Liberty Media Corp. (LMCA, LMCB), meanwhile, swung to a profit for the period.

Mattel Inc. (MAT) has agreed to buy Canada'sMega Brands Inc. (MB.T) for about C$407.5 million, as the U.S. toy maker looks to broaden its arts and crafts offerings while carving out a piece of the construction-toy market dominated by Denmark's Lego A/S. Mega produces Mega Bloks, a competitor to Lego's construction toys.

Mentor Graphics Corp.'s (MENT) fiscal fourth-quarter profit grew 71% as the chip-design software company reported particularly strong system and software sales. The company also announced an 11% increase to its quarterly dividend.

Medical-products distributor McKesson Corp. (MCK) said it made more changes to its executive compensation programs and its chief executive voluntarily reduced his pension benefit, after activist investors complained about the company's pay structure. CEO John H. Hammergren will reduce his pension benefit by $45 million, which McKesson said Friday will eliminate the volatility of pension benefit calculations, which result from changes in interest rates or other issues.

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) swung to a fourth-quarter loss after the merchant power generator posted substantial write- downs. It also boosted its dividend 17% to an annual payout of 56 cents a share, and backed its adjusted earnings guidance for 2014.

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR) said Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) has dismissed remaining counterclaims related to a patent dispute in which a Florida district court jury had awarded ParkerVision$173 million in damages last year.

Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM) said its fourth-quarter profit jumped 35% as the electricity provider posted higher revenue and lower operating expenses. Adjusted earnings beat expectations, while revenue fell slightly short.

PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) said its board and management again have rejected a proposal from activist shareholder Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP to split up the company.

Ross Stores Inc. (ROST) said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 7.9% as sales slipped and costs and expenses edged slightly higher. Inc.'s ( CRM ) fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as the Web-based business-software company's expenses climbed and gross margin fell.

Sotheby's ( BID ) said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 37% as the seller of fine art reported double-digit revenue growth.

Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN) swung to a fourth-quarter profit as the oil and gas company reported a jump in overall production, while last year's results were stung by a steep impairment charge.

Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) said its fourth-quarter profit fell 8% as higher operating charges masked a slight gain in revenue.

Western Gas Partners LP (WES) agreed to acquire interests in some pipeline and gathering assets from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. ( APC ) for $375 million, marking the company's entry into the long-haul natural-gas liquids transportation business.

YuMe Inc. (YUME) said its fourth-quarter revenue jumped 19% as its base of advertising customers expanded. But the company's outlook for the current year disappointed investors.

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