Updated from 2:04 p.m.
Analysts were talking about
(CSCO) after the company released third-quarter earnings that beat expectations and subsequently raised projections for the 12th straight quarter.
Lehman Brothers raised its 12-month price target to $65 from $63 and raised its 2001 earnings per share view to 78 cents from 74 cents.
Credit Suisse First Boston raised its price target to $87 from $85 and its 2001 earnings call to 78 cents a share from 74 cents.
Merrill Lynch raised its price target to $85 and its 2001 earnings call to 79 cents a share from 75 cents a share.
For more on Cisco's earnings picture, check out
. Cisco closed up, though, after wreaking havoc on the semiconductor sector, higher by $1.63, or 2.95%, to $56.75.
Online pet supply store
(IPET) announced that it is closing its doors because of an inability to find either a buyer or a financial backer.
"With no better offers, and avenues effectively exhausted, we felt that the best option was an orderly wind-down, with the objective to try to return something back to the shareholders," the statement said.
Pets.com said that it would sell the majority of its assets, including its inventory and its warehouse equipment, and lay off 255 of its 320 employees. Pets.com closed down 44 cents, or 66.7%, to 22 cents.
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
Massive Latin-American utility holding company
(ENI) has gone shopping, offering $430 million for all the outstanding shares in two Chilean power companies, Chilectra and Rio Maipo. Enersis is controlled by Endesa, the Spanish power giant, and this move is yet another attempt for the company to expand its Latin-American holdings, adding Chile to a list that already includes Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Enersis closed down 25 cents, or 1.3%, to $18.50.
Forget about the Joneses. Keep up with the Johnsons.
(JCI), which makes car-seating systems, snapped up 1.5 million outstanding shares, or 15%, of
(DON), which also provides auto parts.
The move comes at a particularly good time for Donnelly. In August, Heartland Advisors, which has a stake in Donnelly, said the company was undervalued and it would consider selling off the business if things didn't improve. Since that time, Donnelly's shares have hit a 52-week high and a subsequent 52-week low. And lately, Donnelly's been at the low.
Johnson closed down 6 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.44; Donnelly was up $1.30, or 10.9%, to $13.25.
Dutch data communications company
(VRSA) said that it expects additional funds to become available for its Versapoint joint venture, which is outfitting Europe with DSL high-speed Internet access. Versatel closed down $2.25, or 11.3%, to $17.75.
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Earnings/revenue reports and previews
(AXF) released third-quarter earnings of 55 cents a share, better than the year-ago 38 cents and the 50 cent
First Call/Thomson Financial estimate. AXA closed up 44 cents, or 0.8%, to $55.63.
When oil prices skyrocketed, so did the fortunes of
(BP). Today, the company announced that third-quarter earnings grew in line with expectations, hitting $3.8 billion from $1.96 billion, representing growth of 48%. The company also decided to share the wealth, raising its quarterly dividend to 5.25 cents a share from 5 cents a share. BP Amoco ended the day up 19 cents, or 0.4%, to $49.25.
(ECIL) announced third-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share, lower than the four-analyst 18 cent estimate and the year-ago 61 cent profit. ECI closed down 50 cents, or 2.1%, to $23.38.
(EMR) posted fourth-quarter earnings of 86 cents a share, in line with the 10-analyst estimate and up from year-ago earnings of 78 cents a share.
The company said its first-quarter earnings growth is expected to be in line with the second half of 2000. The five-analyst estimate for first-quarter net income is 83 cents a share. For 2000's third quarter, the company posted earnings of 87 cents a share vs. 75 cents a share in the previous fiscal year's first quarter.
The company said the recent strengthening of its process business appears to be a sustainable and it is "optimistic that 2001 will be another solid growth year for Emerson."
Emerson increased its quarterly dividend from 35.75 cents to 38.25 cents. The company's stock closed down $1.94, or 2.7%, to $70.69.
Expeditors International of Washington
(EXPD) posted third-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share, in line with the 12-analyst estimate and up from year-ago earnings of 33 cents a share. Expeditors closed up 36 cents, or 0.7%, to $55.73.
International Game Technology
(IGT) announced fourth-quarter earnings of 70 cents a share, better than the 63 cent analyst estimate and the year-ago loss of 45 cents. IGT closed up $1.31, or 3.5%, to $38.56.
(MCH) posted third-quarter earnings of 55 cents a share, beating the nine-analyst estimate of 44 cents and up from year-ago earnings of 23 cents. Millennium closed up 19 cents, or 1.2%, to $15.81.
(OMX) announced third-quarter losses of 10 cents a share, in line with what analysts expected, but well short of year-ago profitability. Last year at this time, the company had earnings of 14 cents a share. Lower-than-expected sales coupled with higher-than-expected costs were cited as major factors behind the loss. Well,
duh. OfficeMax closed flat at $2.88.
(TEVA), an Israeli drug company, announced third-quarter earnings of 36 cents a share, better than the
First Call/Thomson Financial estimate of 34 cents. One year ago in the same quarter, Teva made 15 cents a share. Excluding charges and expenses related to research and development in two companies recently acquired by Teva, the company earned 29 cents a share. Teva closed up $4.75, or 7.6%, to $67.44.
After Monday's Close
(ADBE) said it was increasing its target for operating margins by 1 percentage point for fiscal year 2001, to 32% from 31%, reflecting a decrease in revenues and spending. Adobe closed down $1, or 1.2%, to $82.25.
Jack In The Box
(JBX) reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 51 cents a share, in line with the
First Call/Thomson Financial consensus. The company earned 47 cents a share at this time last year. The stock closed up 6 cents, or 0.3%, to $25.56.
(PRE) reported earnings of $1.06 a share, in line with the 11-broker estimate. The company earned 79 cents a share at this time a year ago. PartnerRe closed up $2.69, or 5.1%, to $55.38.
(XL) reported earnings of $1.10 a share, in line with the 13-broker estimate. XL closed up $1.44, or 1.9%, to $76.19.
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(ABGX): UP to accumulate from hold at
Prudential Securities. Abgenix ended the day up $2.13, or 2.3%, to $93.19.
(AW): UP to strong buy from buy at
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. Allied Waste closed up $1.31, or 13.6%, to $11.
(AHC): UP at
Merrill Lynch: 2001 earnings per share to $8.85 from $8.60. Amerada Hess closed up $1, or 1.7%, to $61.38.
(WMI): UP to strong buy from buy at Alex. Brown. The stock ended the day up $1.44, or 6.7%, to $23.06.
(HIB): DOWN to outperform from buy at
Lehman Brothers; price target: $13 from $15. The bank's stock closed up 13 cents, or 1.1%, to $12.06.
(IN): DOWN to accumulate from buy at Merrill Lynch. Infonet ended the day up 25 cents, or 4.1%, to $6.38.
(HOMS): NEW buy at
Credit Suisse First Boston. Homestore closed down 88 cents, or 2.2%, to $38.13.
(RMD): NEW buy at Merrill Lynch. ResMed closed down 13 cents, or 0.4%, to $32.50.
Credit Suisse First Boston initiated coverage of the lodging industry:
Extended Stay America
(ESA) NEW hold, price target $15. ESA ended the day down 13 cents, or 0.98%, to $12.63.
(HLT) NEW buy, price target $12. Hilton closed down 6 cents, or 0.7%, to $9.06.
(MAR) NEW buy, price target $50. Marriott closed down 19 cents, or 0.5%, to $39.38.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts
(HOT) NEW strong buy, price target $24. The stock closed up $1, or 3.3%, to $31.31.
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Offerings and stock actions
After Monday's Close
Burst Media, an online advertising firm, withdrew its proposed $50 million initial public offering yesterday, citing the current market environment, which doesn't want to have anything to do with advertising-related dot-com issues. The company had applied for a
listing under the symbol BRSM.
(CW) approved a stockholder rights plan and approved a special 25 cent a share cash dividend. Curtiss-Wright closed down 94 cents, or 1.9%, to $49.81.
(TMTA) priced its 13 million share initial public offering at $21 a share. Transmeta closed up $24.25, or 115.4%, to $45.25.
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(ONE) announced that Philip Heasley will take over as chairman and chief executive of its First USA credit card division. Bank One closed down $1.19, or 3.2%, to $36.31.
(GDT), a medical device manufacturer, announced that it has received clearance to market its Multi-Link Pixel coronary stent system in most European countries. Guidant closed down $1.50, or 2.7%, to $55.
Level 3 Communications
(LVLT) hit $132.25 on March 10, nailing down a record high and, unfortunately, a peak that it has not since come close to seeing again. Yesterday, the company closed at $35, some 74% down from that March peak. Investors have grown skittish about the falling stock price, despite the fact Level 3's earnings, released Oct. 18, were 22 cents better than expectations with a loss of $1.02 a share. It's just that some things in the report left major revenue questions unanswered. James Crowe, Level 3's chief executive, tried to ease concerns this morning in an open letter to Level 3's shareholders.
"I assure you that we are not happy about current stock performance," he wrote, before tackling a far stickier spending situation.
You see, investors are concerned that the company's capital spending increased to $6.3 billion in fiscal 2000 without parallel increases in investment in the company or 2001 revenue projections. In essence, people are concerned, especially given the volatile nature of the telecommunications industry, about the amount of money being spent by Level 3 is more than the amount coming in. So what's the deal?
"My answer is that we remain confident in our ability to earn a superior return on out-invested capital," Crowe wrote. "The reason we have not updated 2001 revenue projections is not concern over 2001 performance, it is our longstanding commitment to provide the best, most thoughtful guidance we can." Level 3 closed up $3, or 8.6%, to $38.
Let's talk turkey. On second thought, let's not.
(SLE)>, America's cheesecake sweetheart, won't be making any new British friends after the company backed out of talks to purchase U.K. turkey producer
Bernard Matthews, which took a big hit on the news.
There's been a lot of gobbling going on at the turkey maker lately. Two weeks ago, Bernard Matthews, the person for which the company is named, made an offer for the entire company in an effort to take it private. This offer failed to pass muster, and smelling a bargain; Sara Lee stepped in and tendered an offer of its own, which was then rejected by the Matthews family, who owns 42% of the company. The stock ended the day down 6 cents, or 0.3%, to $21.50.
After Monday's Close
(DYN) said it expects to report earnings of $1.65 to $1.75 for 2001. Dynegy closed up $1.38, or 2.7%, to $52.63.
(IMRS) named Michael Dean CFO. The stock closed up 81 cents, or 9.9%, to $9.
(MO) said it will post a $100 million bond required to stay the execution of the judgment against the company in the Engle class-action lawsuit. The company, along with other tobacco companies, is appealing the case, which ordered Big Tobacco to pay $145 billion in punitive damages to a group of smokers. The company's stock closed up 38 cents, or 1.1%, to $35.25.
Polo Ralph Lauren
(RL) named Gerald Chaney senior vice president and CFO. Chaney will report to COO and President Roger Farah. Polo closed down 6 cents, or 0.3%, to $22.56.
(WLT) named Don DeFosset president and CEO, replacing Donald Boyce, who had served as interim chairman, president and CEO. DeFosset was most recently COO at
Dura Automotive Systems
(DRRA). Walter ended the day up 13 cents, or 1.7%, to $7.50.
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