VA Linux Systems


will acquire



. VA Linux said each share of Andover.Net will be exchanged for 0.425 a share of VA Linux.

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Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures



has agreed to buy $1.5 billion in flash-memory chips from


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in a pact over three years.

The board of Norway's


, a cruise concern, recommended to its shareholders that they accept


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Star Cruises'








have teamed up to offer e-commerce services to merchants.

Vodafone AirTouch

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may clinch an agreed takeover deal with



that would give Mannesmann 49.5% of the combined company,




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said it won a mobile network deal from Italian operator


worth about $175.3 million.

Earnings/revenue reports and previews


Earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified.


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posted a pro forma fourth-quarter loss of 55 cents a share, wider than both the 28-analyst estimate of a 48-cent loss and the year-ago 7-cent loss. During a conference call with investors, CFO Warren Jenson said that, "Q4 of 1999 was a high point for the overall level of operation losses as both a dollar amount and as a percentage of sales." Jenson and CEO Jeff Bezos said they see operating losses as a percentage of revenues declining from more than 20% in the fourth quarter to the single digits by the end of 2000. Today, Credit Suisse First Boston reiterated its strong buy rating on Amazon.



reported fourth-quarter earnings of 50 cents a share, ahead of the 11-analyst estimate of 44 cents and the year-ago 39 cents.

Credit Suisse First Boston

analyst David Nelson raised the stock to strong buy from buy.


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January same-store sales rose 4.1%. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, also said it will take a noncash charge of 5 cents a share because of a change in its accounting for membership revenue.

Offerings and stock actions

Robertson Stephens

priced 5 million shares of

Centra Software

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above range at $14. The company supports live business collaboration over the Internet.

Delta and Pine


set a buyback of up to $50 million in stock.

Winstar Communications'


board has declared a 3-for-2 stock split.

Analyst actions

Lehman Brothers


British Telecommunications


to buy from outperform.

ABN Amro

cut its pretax profit forecasts on the stock by 3.7% for 2000 and by 13.5% for 2001, while First Boston also cut its 2000 pretax forecast by 11%, and 2001 forecasts by 17.5%

J.P. Morgan

raised the stock to a buy and

Deutsche Bank

cut its price target while maintaing a strong buy rating.

Merrill Lynch

upgraded its intermediate-term rating on

Adobe Systems

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to buy from accumulate.

Lehman Brothers raised its earnings estimates and price target on

ASM Lithography

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. Lehman raised its earnings per share estimate in 2000 to $2.40 from $2.33 and raised its estimate for 2001 $3.45 from $3.15. Lehman raised its one-year price target to 180 from 165.

Lehman raised its earnings estimates and price target on



. Lehman raised its per share earnings estimate for 2000 to $1.45 from $1.40 and in 2001 to $2.30 from $2.25. The firm raised its price target to $85 from $75.

Delta and Pine


set a buyback of up to $50 million in stock.

Merrill upgraded its intermediate-term rating on

Tommy Hilfiger


to accumulate from neutral.


The board of troubled toy-maker


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will hold an emergency meeting today in New York to discuss the fate of CEO Jill Barad, who may be pressured to step down after a series of disappointing quarters,


reported, citing a source inside the company. Shares rocketed higher during yesterday's session, ending up 1 7/16, or 13.9%, to 11 13/16 on rumors Barad may be leaving the company.'s

Herb Greenberg wrote a

piece on Mattel's struggles late last year. The company is slated to release its earnings for the fourth quarter next week.

The Heard on the Street column in

The Wall Street Journal

says the number of parent companies spinning off high-growth units has soared along with valuations of Internet and high-tech companies. Potential spinoffs, according to the story, include



and its offshoot




Intermedia Communications


and its




For analysis of the market's preopen tone and trends, see the Wake-up Call, now published separately.