said they plan to combine their online buying efforts for suppliers in a single Internet portal. Ford and GM said as part of their combination, Ford would swap half of its stake in
unit for half of GM's stake in
. Commerce One soared 34 1/16, or 19%, to 213 1/16 on the news. Ford inched up 7/16 to 42 15/16, General Motors gained 1 13/16 to 77 1/16, DaimlerChrysler gained 1 9/16 to 63 1/2 and Oracle popped 8 11/16, or 14%, to 70 5/8.
, which has a similar deal in place with
, plunged 25 7/8, or 14.7%, to 150 5/16 on news of i2's exclusion from the Big Three's deal.
Three IPOs made their trading debuts during today's session. For more on their pricing and underwriting information, check out
coverage of offerings and stock actions below.
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
gained 9/16, to 41 1/8 after it said Chairman and CEO Richard Huber resigned and will be replaced by William Donaldson, co-founder of investment bank
Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette
. Donaldson has also been an Aetna board member since 1977. The announcement came after the board met to discuss the company's plans to boost its share price.
added 3/4 to 44 3/8 after it said it is offering to shed all of
Alaskan assets, a move that could avoid a showdown in court with the
Federal Trade Commission
reported. Earlier this month, the FTC said it will seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent the merger of the two oil companies. Atlantic Richfield rose 3 11/16, or 5.7%, to 68.
In response to several news reports, drugstore chain
said this morning "it does not intend to purchase"
PCS Health Systems
, Rite Aid's pharmacy benefit management division. Reports today said CVS could pay between $800 million to $1 billion for the business. CVS fell 1/4 to 36 3/4 while Rite Aid dropped 1 3/4, or 19.4%, to 7 1/4.
lost 4 1/2 to 132 1/4 said it has entered a global business deal with
. Deutsche Telekom dropped 2 3/4 to 87 13/16.
contemplates a response to an unsolicited $3.4 billion bid for it by
, some casino companies also are thinking about making offers for Mirage,
The Wall Street Journal
reported. The newspaper reported that
Park Place Entertainment
are both thinking about making a move to acquire Mirage. Mirage gained 13/16, or 5.7%, to 15, MGM Grand lost 2 1/4, or 5.4%, to 39 3/16, Park Place Entertainment popped 1 1/2, or 14%, to 12 1/4 and Harrah's gained 3/8 to 20 5/16.
Pacific Life Insurance
on Wednesday submitted a "shareholder-based proposal" to the board of
Prison Realty Trust
"to invest in and restructure" the company. Pacific Life said the proposal "would involve additional value, less dilution and potentially higher returns for existing shareholders" than the pact Prison Realty currently has with
Fortress Investment Group
The Blackstone Group
Bank of America
. Prison Realty jumped 13/16, or 22%, to 4 1/2, while Bank of America lost 11/16 to 44 1/8.
Under the plan involving Fortress, Blackstone and Bank of America, that group would purchase $315 million in securities and commit to buy an additional $35 million in securities in a newly configured concern that would be created through the merger of Prison Realty and the companies operating under the name
Corrections Corp. of America
. That plan was announced in late December. Pacific Life said it owns about 4.5 million shares of Prison Realty.
gained 4 1/4, or 7.4%, to 61 1/2 and
Human Genome Sciences
dropped 12 1/16, or 5.5%, to 206 after the companies said they have agreed to a deal with
to make pharmaceuticals that use novel genes to treat diseases. The pharmaceuticals would combine Vical's DNA delivery technology and novel genes in Human Genome's database, along with other Vascular Genetics products.
Earnings/revenue reports and previews
Earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified. New highs and lows on a closing basis unless otherwise specified.
lost 2 1/16, or 16.1%, to 10 3/4 after it yesterday warned investors of flat or slightly negative same stores sales growth for the March quarter. The women's retailer posted a 2.5% negative same-store sales growth in January and said February sales have been flat so far.
own Katherine Hobson wrote about Bebe's woes in a
story last week.
Casella Waste Systems
dropped 6 9/16, or 47.1% after it warned investors that it expects to post third-quarter earnings between 11 cents and 13 cents a share, greatly missing the six-analyst estimate of 23 cents. Casella sees its fourth-quarter earnings at roughly 15 cents a share, also falling below the three-analyst estimate of 26 cents a share.
dropped 13 3/4, or 19%, to 58 9/16 after it reported second-quarter earnings of 44 cents a share excluding charges, in line with the 15-analyst estimate but a penny lower than the year-ago earnings. Intuit, which makes personal finance software, said U.S. tax returns filed via the Web were up fivefold from last year and also said it was on track for 20% operating income growth over fiscal 1999.
Internet Capital Group
fell 12, or 10.1%, to 107 1/8 after it reported a fourth-quarter loss of 9 cents a share, compared with year-ago earnings of 2 cents.
Piedmont Natural Gas
was unchanged at 24 9/16 after it posted first-quarter earnings of $1.40 a share, beating the eight-analyst estimate of $1.38 and the year-ago $1.31.
shed 11 3/4, or 9.4%, to 113 after it posted a second-quarter pro forma loss of 36 cents a share, wider than the four-analyst expected loss of 21 cents and the year-ago loss of 26 cents. The company went public in December with a record-setting first-day percentage gain of almost 700%. Despite the increased loss, revenue rose more than six fold to $20.2 million from $3.17 million, the company said.
lost 4 1/2, or 25.4%, to 13 1/4 after it reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.04 a share, in line with the 11-analyst estimate.
Offerings and stock actions
gained 3 3/8 to 118 3/4 after it set a 2.3 million-share secondary offering at $115 a share.
popped 15, or 107.1%, to 29 in its trading debut.
gained 4 1/8, or 9.1%, to 49 5/8 after it set a 2-for-1 stock split.
inched up 3/32 to 61 5/16 after setting a 8.6 million-share secondary offering at $59 a share.
jumped 10, or 62.5%, to 26 after it was priced at $16 a share.
Initial public offering
soared 29, or 116%, to 54.
Banc of America Securities
rolled out coverage of
with a buy rating and a price target of 180.
Credit Suisse First Boston
raised its earnings estimates on
and set a price target of 300. Art Technology slid 6 15/16 to 137 7/8 and Applied Micro popped 14 3/4, or 6%, to 260.
raised its fiscal 2001 earnings estimate on
to $2.00 a share from $1.80. Autodesk advanced 6 15/16, or 16.8%, to 48.
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown
Bausch & Lomb
to strong buy from buy. Bausch & Lomb fell 1 3/4 to 57 7/16.
Warburg Dillon Read
rolled out coverage of
Crown Castle International
with a strong buy rating and set a price target of 50. The firm also gave
a buy rating and
with a hold rating. Crown Castle edged up 1 to 33 1/8 and Pinnacle Holdings added 4 1/4, or 8.3%, to 55 1/4, while American Tower declined 1/2 to 42 1/2.
initiated coverage of
with a market outperform rating. Checkfree gained 1/8 to 88 11/16.
First Boston upped
price target to 85 and reaffirmed the buy rating on the stock. Dallas Semiconductor bounced 2 7/8 to 75 7/8.
Salomon Smith Barney
recommended that investors use
recent weakness to added to their positions. DoubleClick bounced 9 7/8, or 12%, to 91 13/16.
price target to 130 from 115. Eaton retreated 5 3/16, or 6.6%, to 72 13/16.
Credit Suisse First Boston raised its rating on
to buy from hold. Gap hopped 3 7/8, or 9%, to 46 13/16.
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown
to strong buy from buy. Foundry Networks climbed 12 3/4, or 10.5%, to 133 3/4.
analyst Steven Kohn raised his price target on
to 200 from 150. Informatica jumped 15 1/2, or 12%, to 144.
Warburg Dillon Read initiated coverage of
Integra LifeSciences Holdings
with a buy rating. Integra LifeSciences declined 7/16 to 14 13/16.
Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette
lifted its price target on
to 45 from 35. Kent Electronics lifted 3 1/4, or 10.8%, to 33 3/16.
U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray
rolled out coverage of
with a strong buy rating and set a price target of 94. LookSmart shot up 2 11/16, or 6.8%, to 41 11/16.
analyst Joe Osha reiterated buy ratings on
reported. Micron Technology advanced 3 1/2 to 73 5/8.
to accumulate from maintain, and lifted
to buy from accumulate. Microsemi climbed 4 3/16, or 16.4%, to 29 5/8 and Insight Enterprises lifted 3 15/16, or 14.5%, to 30 15/16.
Merrill initiated coverage of
as a near-term accumulate, long-term buy. MyPoints.com declined 3 1/8, or 6%, to 48 3/4.
Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown upped
Oxford Health Plans
to strong buy from buy. Oxford Health Plans skidded 7/16 to 14 5/16.
U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray raised its rating on
to buy from neutral. Sylvan Learning skidded 1 9/32, or 8.2%, to 14 7/16.
First Boston reinstated coverage of
with a buy rating and set a price target of 100. USinternetworking bounced 3 5/16, or 5.3%, to 65 3/4.
Lehman Brothers upgraded
. Western Wireless moved up 6 1/16, or 12.9%, to 52 15/16 and Sprint PCS gained 1 7/8 to 48 1/16, while Triton PCS bounced 8 1/2, or 19.6%, to 51 3/4.
Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of
with a market outperform rating. Wit Capital added 1 3/16, or 8.6%, to 14 15/16.
issued a recall for 109,000 pounds of vegetable beef canned soup in 13 states after finding pieces of metal in the soup. According to a Campbell's spokesman, the recall of Campbell's Healthy Request Vegetable Beef Condensed Soup represents a full day of production for the soup. Campbell's was unchanged at 27 3/4.
is acting quickly to resolve potential criminal and civil exposure in regard to alleged price-fixing in art auctions, the
reported. Sotheby's is in settlement talks with the
and held a meeting last week with plaintiffs in civil cases who claim they were overcharged in commission because of the alleged conspiracy, the newspaper reported. Sotheby's tacked on 1, or 5.4%, to 19 1/2.
The Inside Wall Street column in
, written by Gene Marcial, offers up a bullish take on
, whose stock for the most part has been under severe pressure since announcing its planned get-together with
last month, and another positive piece on
Source Information Management
Elsewhere, Marcial writes, citing an investment banker familiar with the situation, that
, which is being bought by
, is understood to be interested in buying a big stake in
AOL fell 1/2 to 59 1/2 and Time Warner slid 2 3/8 to 84, while Source Information Management lost 1/2 to 20 5/8. CBS declined 3 5/8, or 6.3%, to 53 3/16 and Viacom shed 2 11/16, or 5%, to 50 13/16, while SFX Entertainment popped 3 5/16, or 10%, to 35 1/8.
The Heard on the Street column in the
takes a look at the recent bond trading of
, which it said provided the spark for the bond market's recent turmoil. With the
planning to sell fewer 30-year Treasury bonds going forward, and with the
raising interest rates, notable Pimco bond fund manager William Gross got an idea that proved to be quite profitable, the column said.
Because of those factors, Gross' idea was that the long bond could rally dramatically, while prices for shorter-dated Treasuries and riskier corporate and mortgage-backed bonds could remain depressed, according to the column. In a series of giant trades devised by Gross, his $180 billion portfolio bought huge amounts of long-term Treasuries and sold off mortgage bonds, surprising traders who expected Treasuries to remain depressed and roiling the market, the column stated. The column said Gross' strategy scored $200 million in profits.
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