Today's Tech Winners and Losers

RightNow Technologies issues a soft first-quarter outlook, sending shares down 14%.
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Shares of

RightNow Technologies

(RNOW)

were among technology's losers Tuesday, tumbling 14% after the software company posted solid fourth-quarter results but issued a first-quarter earnings guidance below Wall Street's forecast.

In the fourth quarter, the company earned $3 million, or 9 cents a share, on sales of $24.6 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 4 cents a share and sales of $23.8 million. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $1.3 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $17.7 million.

For the first quarter, RightNow projects results ranging from a loss of 2 cents a share to breakeven. Excluding stock-based compensation costs, the company sees earnings of 1 cent to 3 cents a share. Analysts project earnings of 4 cents a share. Sales, meanwhile, are seen at $24 million to $25 million, compared with analysts' forecasts of $25 million. Shares were trading down $2.68 to $16.07.

Art Technology Group

(ARTG)

jumped 18% after the company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and forecast 2006 sales above Wall Street's projection. For the fourth quarter, the company earned $3.2 million, or 3 cents a share, beating analysts' mean estimate by a penny. The company recorded sales of $25.7 million, topping Wall Street's projection of $23.8 million. A year earlier, the company reported a loss of $3.6 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $20.6 million.

Looking ahead, Art Technology sees 2006 earnings of $6 million to $9 million, including stock-based compensation costs of $3 million to $4 million, and sales of $97 million to $105 million. Analysts project earnings of $8.7 million, or 9 cents a share, with sales of $96.6 million. Shares were trading up 43 cents to $2.79.

Shares of

Ixys

(SYXI)

slumped 20% after the company posted disappointing third-quarter earnings and offered a cautious outlook. The chipmaker earned $4.4 million, or 12 cents a share, on sales of $60.3 million. Analysts expected earnings of 16 cents a share. During the year-earlier quarter, the company earned $4.7 million, or 14 cents a share, on sales of $66.3 million.

"We are cautious about our next quarter, especially in light of the recent uncertainty experienced by other companies in our industry, and expect revenues for the March quarter to be relatively flat, as compared to our December quarter," Ixys said. Analysts project fourth-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share. Shares were down $2.68 to $10.62.

Adobe Systems

(ADBE) - Get Report

rose modestly after the software maker backed its first-quarter and full-year guidance. The company continues to project earnings of 13 cents to 16 cents a share for the quarter ending March 3. Excluding items, Adobe projects earnings of 28 cents to 30 cents a share, bracketing analysts' prediction of $650.1 million. Adobe expects sales of $630 million to $660 million, compared with Wall Street's projection of $650.1 million. Adobe also continues to see 2006 sales of about $2.7 billion and adjusted operating margin of 36% to 37%. Shares were trading at $39.52, up 17 cents.

Shares of

Atheros Communications

(ATHR)

vaulted 19% after the chipmaker posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. The company earned $13.1 million, or 24 cents a share, on sales of $53.1 million. Excluding stock-based compensation costs and one-time items, the company earned $5.9 million, or 11 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 7 cents a share on sales of $51.7 million. A year earlier, the company recorded adjusted earnings of $2.8 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $41.7 million. Shares were up $3.14 to $19.54.

Other technology movers included

Sun Microsystems

(SUNW) - Get Report

, up 11 cents to $4.48;

Napster

(NAPS)

, up 92 cents to $4.04;

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

, down 31 cents to $18.58;

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, down 1 cent to $27.99;

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, down 30 cents to $21.35;

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, down 16 cents to $12.45;

JDSU

(JDSU)

, down 5 cents to $3.07;

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

, up 29 cents to $75.29;

Lucent Technologies

(LU)

, down 2 cents to $2.65; and

Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Report

, down 5 cents to $5.81.