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said it sees its first-quarter earnings in line with the

First Call/Thomson Financial

13-analyst estimate of 28 cents a share. The company attributed the solid profit to strength in its


snack food division and its juice business, but added that high prices were problematic for its North American Pepsi-Cola unit.

Chairman and CEO Roger Enrico said he also expects fiscal 2000 earnings to meet the 16-analyst estimate of $1.38 a share. Enrico said the company's share repurchasing program is being exercised faster than expected.

Seagate Technology


, the leading maker of computer disk drives, said it would be acquired by an investor group,

Silver Lake Partners

, in a complex deal that also provides for the sale of Seagate's 33% stake in

Veritas Software

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back to that company.

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The Veritas stake accounts for most of Seagate's stock market value. The companies valued the stock and cash deal at $20.2 billion.

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Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures




SBC Communications


could announce as early as next week an agreement to merge their U.S. cellular phone systems, according to

The Wall Street Journal


British Telecommunications




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AT&T Wireless Services



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unveiled plans to cooperate in the wireless Internet arena. The companies said they'll get together to develop new wireless broadband applications for consumer and business markets.

Online broker



set a marketing pact with hotel giant

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance

, a U.S. insurer, is acquiring

Gartmore Investment Management

, an investment management concern, from

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

for $1.6 billion.



said it had raised its ownership in joint ventures with Germany's



and France's


to give it more leverage to expand into Europe's high-tech market.

Separately, DaimlerChrysler confirmed a report that it was in cooperation talks with South Korea's

Hyundai Motors

only days after announcing an allegiance with Japan's

Mitsubishi Motors


Earnings/revenue reports and previews


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


Adelphia Communications


, a cable company based in Coudersport, Pa., posted a fourth-quarter loss of $1.05 a share, a little worse than the two-analyst estimated loss of $1.03, but narrower than the year-ago loss of $1.06.



posted fourth-quarter earnings of 52 cents a share, a penny better than the six-analyst estimate and better than the year-ago 45 cents.

Offerings and stock actions

Warburg Dillon Read

priced 4.5 million shares of


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at $17 each, the lower end of the estimated $17-$19 range. The Austin, Texas-based company develops technology designed to simplify biological testing for the life sciences industry.



said it is proceeding with plans for an IPO of 20% of its e-solutions unit. The company also said it is making significant progress in divesting nonstrategic voice and data units.

Micron Technology

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set a 2-for-1 stock split.



said it plans a 1-for-4 reverse split.


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said its 2.6 million share offering is priced at $29.75 a share.

Analyst actions

Warburg Dillon Read announced research changes on the following financial sector stocks:

Bank of America

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UP to hold from reduce and price target lifted to 63 from 55;

First Union


UP to buy from strong buy;

Huntington Bancshares

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DOWN to hold from buy;


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DOWN to hold from buy ;

Northern Trust

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DOWN to hold from buy;

Wells Fargo

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UP to strong buy from buy and price target UP to 60 from 52.

Battle Mountain Gold


: DOWN to market perform from buy at

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown


DSP Group

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: price target UP to 80-85 from 70-75 at

SG Cowen




: price target UP to 90 from 80 at



Isle of Capri Casinos


: NEW buy with $14 price target at Alex. Brown.



: NEW buy with a price target of 47 at

J.P. Morgan




: NEW buy and a price target of 130 at

W.R. Hambrecht


Silicon Storage Technology

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: NEW rating of strong buy and price target of 120 a share at

Credit Suisse First Boston


Sycamore Networks


: rating UP to buy from neutral; price target set at 200 at

Lehman Brothers


U.S. Home & Garden

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: rating DOWN to hold from outperform at



VA Linux Systems


: NEW buy at

W.R. Hambrecht


Williams Communications

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: rating UP to attractive from neutral at PaineWebber.


Standard & Poor's

said that Veritas would replace

Pep Boys

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(but what'll happen to Manny, Mo and Jack?) in the

S&P 500

. S&P added that

Edwards Lifesciences

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will fill Veritas' former spot in the

S&P MidCap 400

and Pep Boys would fill in for 911 services provider



in the

S&P SmallCap 600


The Heard on the Street column in the


said Wall Street's concerns about

Globalstar Telecommunications


have put chairman Bernard Schwartz and his team on the defensive. Amid disappointing early subscriber sign-ups, phone distribution problems and regulatory holdups, the company is slashing prices and hoping for more time to show progress to its investors.