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Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Advanced Magnetics

( AVM) called off a proposed $60 million takeover by


( CYTO). Instead, Advanced Magnetics will enter into marketing and supply agreements with Cytogen.

Alteon WebSystems

( ATON) will acquire privately held


, a Swedish-based Internet start-up, for about $152 million in a stock-for-stock shareholder exchange.

Bluetail manufactures and markets content-intelligent traffic management software for high-volume Web computing environments. The acquisition of Bluetail, which will be accounted for as a purchase, will result in noncash charges for deferred compensation and amortization of good will of about $12 million per quarter.

Applied Micro Circuits


will buy

MMC Networks


in a stock deal worth about $4.5 billion. Applied Micro Circuits will combine MMC's network processor, traffic management and switch fabric technology business into its own.


( DCX) announced that it will invest $600 million in its Alabama vehicle assembly plant to double production of the next-generation M-class sport utility vehicle.

Additionally, the German auto manufacturer announced an extension of its tender offer for all outstanding shares of diesel engine manufacturer

Detroit Diesel





holdups in supplying interactive-TV software to



may push back AT&T launch of interactive services through 10 million set-top boxes, according to

The Wall Street Journal


Separately, Microsoft announced that


has selected Microsoft Reader as the preferred software for's future e-bookstore.

Sabre Holdings


entered a deal to acquire


for $757 million. According to the terms, Sabre will pay $17.75 shares for the online travel firm, a premium over Friday's close of 12 1/8. Sabre also said that it would roll out a cost-cutting plan that would reduce it workforce by about 1,200 jobs. The plan would create a third-quarter charge of $20 million.



TruGreen unit will sell its TruGreen Interior Plantcare unit to

Rentokil Tropical Plant Services

for $44 million cash.



said that it has agreed to pay

SBC Communications

( SBC) $1.3 billion for lease rights to 3,900 wireless communication towers. The deal, which makes SpectraSite the sole rights holder of the SBC towers for 27 years on average and includes another 800 new towers under a five-year built-to-suit agreement, would give the company the biggest tower group in the top 50 U.S. markets. According to the terms, SpectraSite will pay $983 million in cash and $325 million in common stock to lease the towers from the local phone company. SpectraSite reserves the right to lease the towers to third parties as well as buy the towers when the lease ends.

Titan Cement

said it reached an agreement to buy

Anglo American's

Tarmac America unit, a construction materials producer, for $636 million. Titan said in a statement that it will then sell Tarmac American's quarries in nonstrategic areas to

Vulcan Materials


for $227 million.

TriPath Imaging

( TPTH) said a unit of

Roche Holding

will invest more than $40 million in the company, upping its ownership in the company to 34% if all options are exercised.



said it will sell an inactive "shell" subsidiary, Provident National Assurance, to

Allstate Life Insurance

, a unit of




Also, the company said it would reinsure its in-force individual life insurance and corporate-owned life insurance blocks of business with a unit of global reinsurer

Swiss Reinsurance

and reinsure a portion of its long duration group long-term disability claims with

Max Reinsurance


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Earnings/revenue reports and previews

Cruise line operator



expects some choppy seas ahead. The company announced that it anticipates fourth-quarter earnings to be lower by 1 cent, because it had to cancel two cruises in October and November for preventative maintenance on a ship. The company had expected to earn 40 cents a share.

Also, Carnival announced that it signed an agreement to buy the remaining 50% interest in Genoa, Italy-based

Costa Crociere



for about $525 million. Carnival and British-based travel supplier Airtours jointly acquired Costa in 1997. Carnival said it will maintain its 26% strategic interest in Airtours.

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Analyst actions

Lehman Brothers

analyst Holly Becker said



valuation remains rich -- and though it's off its high -- but that it hasn't discounted the difficult environment the company is facing. Becker maintained her cautious stance and neutral rating.

In a research note, Becker wrote that her "contacts suggest that the environment continues to worsen, and we believe it is only a matter of time before we see the impact on Yahoo!'s results." One issue, Becker notes, is that traditional advertisers aren't embracing online advertising. And if the company's third-quarter revenue is short of estimates -- her estimate is $275 million -- or is "low in quality," the stock will suffer "meaningfully," she wrote.

Prudential Securities




to a sell from hold,




BMC Software


: price target UP to 30 from 22 at

Merrill Lynch




: price target UP to 150 from 125 at

Credit Suisse First Boston


Biopharmaceutical company



: Price target UP to 18 at

U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray





: DOWN to hold from buy at CSFB.

Video games manufacturer

Electronic Arts

( ERTS): DOWN to buy from strong buy at

Banc of America Securities



Arena Pharmaceuticals


: NEW strong buy at

ING Barings

; NEW strong buy at

SG Cowen




: NEW buy at ING Barings.

California Pizza Kitchen

( CPKI): NEW buy at

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

; NEW buy at

Banc of America


Divine Interventures


: NEW buy at

Bear Stearns

; price target: 14.

Entravision Communications


: NEW buy at

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette

; NEW attractive at Bear Stearns; and NEW buy at CSFB with price target of 23.



: NEW buy at CSFB; NEW buy at

J.P. Morgan




: NEW buy at

Chase Hambrecht & Quist

with a 12-month price target of 55; and ADDED to

Goldman Sachs'

recommended-for-purchase list.


( SPWX): NEW buy at J.P. Morgan; NEW buy at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray and 12-month price target of 84; and NEW buy at Chase H&Q with 12-month price target of 95.

Trigon Health


: NEW attractive at Bear Stearns; 12-to-18-month price target: 65.

Virage Logic


: NEW buy at SG Cowen.

Group Moves

Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown rolled out coverage of two pharmaceutical companies:

  • Genaissance Pharmaceuticals( GNSC): strong buy.
  • Inspire Pharmaceuticals( ISPH): strong buy; price target of 25. Also, NEW buy at Chase H&Q with a 12-month price target of 25.

Lehman Brothers started coverage of two high-speed wireless access systems, both as buys:

  • SignalSoftundefined: 2000 loss per share estimate: $1.07 and price target: 50.
  • Western Multiplex( WMUX): price target: 27.

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Offerings and stock actions

After Friday's Close

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products


, a manufacturer of voice recognition software, filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission

for the sale of up to $250 million in stock.

Penton Media


, which provides media products that deliver business information, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to offer 3.6 million shares of its common stock.

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said Rebecca Mark resigned as chairman and chief executive officer and will pursue opportunities as a private investor in the water resources business. John Garrison, Azurix president and chief operating officer since March 2000, has been elected president and chief executive officer.



is talking to Mexican regulators in an effort to avoid a legal battle over alleged monopolistic practices by the company in its biggest market outside the U.S. The probe by Mexico's federal competition commission was prompted by complaints by its rival



and two Mexican beverage companies.

JDA Software

( JDAS) said its co-founder and co-chairman Frederick Pakis resigned to pursue "other interests." The company said it would not immediately search for a replacement.



United Airlines

and its pilots' union said Saturday that they have come to a tentative contract agreement.

After Friday's Close

DT Industries


announced that it has put Louis Pallay, the president of its subsidiary,


, on administrative leave. The company is investigating an overstatement of certain asset accounts.

More news from the tire front:


announced that it would seek independent advice from the tire industry, manufacturing groups, and academia as it investigates the car accidents that caused the company to recall 6.5 million tires, which are used mainly on sport utility vehicles. According to Firestone, approximately 850,000 effected tires had been recalled as of Wednesday.

Ford Motor


announced that it would stop production at its Michigan truck assembly plant, where the

Ford Expedition


Lincoln Navigator

are made, for one week. The company said that the latest parts problem stemmed from a quality issue from a supplier and was unrelated to the tire recall.

Keystone Automotive Industries


, a manufacturer of replacement collision-repair products, named Ronald Foster as chairman. He replaces Ronald Brown, who resigned from the position.

Bank holding company



announced that it will cut 1,800 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, and that it will tack on a restructuring charge of $85 to $100 million. Wachovia seeks to cut costs and increase earnings.

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