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Opsware jumps after signing a distribution deal with Cisco.

Shares of



were among technology's winners Monday, rising 6% after the software company announced a multimillion-dollar distribution agreement with

Cisco Systems



Terms of the deal call for Cisco to distribute Opsware's network automation system under the Cisco brand. "This groundbreaking agreement for Opsware cements our lead in network automation and provides a strong upsell opportunity for Opsware's flagship product, the Opsware Server Automation System," Opsware said in a press release. Shares were trading up 43 cents to $7.56.

Agilent Technologies


fell 4% after the company posted mixed first-quarter results. The maker of test and measurement equipment reported earnings from continuing operations of $979 million, or $2.03 a share, on sales of $1.34 billion. Excluding items, the company earned $154 million, or 32 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 30 cents a share and higher sales of $1.36 billion. Including a gain from the sale of its semiconductor products business, Agilent had net income of $2.82 billion, or $5.83 a share. During the year-earlier period, the company posted adjusted earnings of $71 million, or 15 cents a share, on sales of $1.21 billion.

Looking ahead, Agilent sees second-quarter earnings of 35 cents to 40 cents a share on sales of $1.37 billion to $1.43 billion. The projection is in line with analysts' forecast for earnings of 36 cents a share and sales of $1.4 billion. Shares were trading down $1.34 to $34.53.

Shares of



rose modestly after the chip company said it plans to buy up to $600 million in stock. "The increase in our stock repurchase program is a reflection of our solid business model as well as confidence in our future growth prospects," the company said. Xilinx plans to fund the buyback using working capital. Shares were trading up 4 cents to $27.74.

Nam Tai Electronics


fell 5% after the company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results but issued first-quarter guidance that disappointed investors. The maker of electronic components earned $12.7 million, or 29 cents a share, on sales of $247.2 million. Excluding items, the company earned $15 million, or 34 cents a share. Analysts expected earnings of 24 cents a share and sales of $209.7 million. In the year-earlier period, the company had a loss of $42.5 million, with sales of $152.8 million.

For the first quarter, Nam Tai expects earnings, excluding items, of at least 22 cents a share. Analysts project earnings of 26 cents a share. The company predicts sales of at least $200 million, compared with Wall Street's target of $202.1 million. Shares were trading down $1.23 to $23.04.

Shares of



fell 3% after the search-technology company said it expects fourth-quarter earnings and sales to fall well below year-earlier levels. The company put sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31 at $3.6 million, down from $6.3 million a year earlier. Convera estimates a fourth-quarter loss of 19 cents to 21 cents a share, wider than the year-earlier loss of 9 cents a share.

For the entire fiscal year, the company sees a loss of 32 cents to 34 cents a share, with sales of $21 million. For fiscal 2005, the company reported a loss of 56 cents a share and sales of $25.7 million. "Following the launch of our Excalibur Web search offering, much of our management efforts, as well as our sales and marketing resources, continued to shift their focus towards expanding our Excalibur selling and distribution channels," the company said. Shares were trading down 23 cents to $7.67.

Other technology movers included



, down 14 cents to $21.15; Cisco Systems, down 4 cents to $19.72;

Lucent Technologies


, up 2 cents to $2.78;

Apple Computer


, down $1.98 to $65.33;

Sun Microsystems


, down 2 cents to $4.36;



, down 16 cents to $12.53;

Sirius Satellite Radio


, up 2 cents to $5.76;



, down 14 cents to $26.55;



, down $17.57 to $345.04; and

Applied Materials


, down 8 cents to $19.88.