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Thursday's Tech Winners & Losers

MRO Software (MROI) jumped 18% after the software company agreed to be acquired by IBM (IBM) for $740 million in cash, or $25.80 a share. The price represents a premium of 19% over MRO's Wednesday closing price of $21.60.

"By integrating our asset management capabilities with IBM, a leader in IT management software and asset management consulting, we can offer our customers a complete asset management solution on a global scale," MRO said. The acquisition is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Shares of MRO were up $3.89 to $25.49, while IBM shares were down 28 cents to $76.04.

Shares of inTest (INTT) soared 28% after the maker of semiconductor test equipment posted big improvements in second-quarter results. The company posted second-quarter earnings of $1.9 million, or 21 cents a share, on revenue of $18.9 million. In the year-ago period, the company posted a loss of $1.8 million, or 21 cents a share, on revenue of $12.2 million. During the first quarter, the company earned $340,000, or 4 cents a share, on revenue of $13.7 million.

"This was an exceptional quarter for us as our revenue and EPS exceeded prior guidance," the company said. "Each of our three product segments came in ahead of our expectations in both bookings and net revenues, with our overall results demonstrating the improved leverage we have achieved in our operating model."

Looking ahead, inTest sees third-quarter pretax earnings of 10 cents to 15 cents a share. The company predicts revenue of $16.5 million to $17.5 million. Shares were trading up $1.16 to $5.40.

Other technology movers included Cisco Systems (CSCO), down 26 cents to $17.22; Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI), down 5 cents to $3.97; Microsoft (MSFT), up 10 cents to $24.40; Intel (INTC), down 11 cents to $17.38; Sun Microsystems (SUNW), up 3 cents to $4.32; Level 3 Communications (LVLT), down 9 cents to $3.68; Rambus (RMBS), down 76 cents to $11.89; Apple Computer (AAPL), up 53 cents to $68.69; JDSU (JDSU), up 2 cents to $2.11; and Lucent Technologies (TU), down 4 cents to $2.06.

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