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Coinstar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR): The company sealed its purchase of NCR’s DVD-kiosk business and announced its impact as it moves to replace Blockbuster kiosks with Redboxes: 2012 EPS could decline by $0.40 to $0.50, while 2012 capex could increase by $40 – $45 million; the deal is expected to to be earnings accretive by 2013. CSTR shares recently traded at $65.39,.
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Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL): A 9.1 percent decline in enrollments in the third quarter led to a fall in revenues by 8.5 percent over the previous year, but earnings came in ahead of analyst estimates. Stock was up in response to the improved profit guidance for the full year, with operating income now estimated in the range $700 million to $725 million.
News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA): The company may split into two companies in response to shareholder demands to separate the entertainment business from the scandal-hit publishing assets. NWSA shares recently traded at $20.08,.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (NYSE:KKR): A dirth of attractive LBO opportunities has led KKR to amass a war chest of $4 billion for investment in infrastructure and energy deals; Rivals Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and Carlyle (NYSE:CG) also likely to depart from the LBO route. KKR shares recently traded at $12.42,.
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