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As usual, tech stocks loomed large in after-hours trading Thursday, both in volume and in big percentage moves.

Tonight's major tech showing came from


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, which climbed 4.8% to $30.50 in a flurry of trading after reporting fiscal third-quarter earnings that


53.1% year over year. The software giant reported earnings, excluding items, of $4.93 billion, or 49 cents a share on revenue that climbed 32.1% $14.4 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had sought 46 cents a share on $13.89 billion in revenue.

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was also

red hot

, lately rising 19.7% to $130.87, after the Chinese Internet-search company reported 142.6% higher profits year over year to $11.1 million, or 32 cents a share. Shares of

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

( VSEA) gained 15.1% to $65.62 after the Gloucester, Mass., company reported that fiscal second-quarter earnings more than doubled to $38.4 million, or 69 cents a share, and came in ahead of estimates.


Sierra Wireless

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said first-quarter earnings rose sharply to 24 cents a share, double what Wall Street had expected, and

Foundry Networks

( FDRY), of Santa Clara, Calif., posted a first-quarter top line of $135.8 million that bested targets.

A few health names were likewise rising on positive earnings, among them


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, a San Diego-based maker of diagnostic tests for infectious diseases and reproductive health. Per-share profits slipped by a penny from last year to 14 cents, but this was still 4 cents above the mean projection. Shares gained 82 cents, or 6.1%, to $14.22, in recent late trading.

Melville, N.Y.-based

OSI Pharmaceuticals

( OSIP) was up 2.4% at $36.98 after adjusted first-quarter income from continuing operations increased dramatically from last year to 33 cents a share. Atlanta's

Sciele Pharma

( SCRX) came in above expectations, and its shares were recently up 1.2% at $25.90.

As for losers,

MEMC Electronic Materials


was among the worst sufferers, lately sinking 11% at $59.75. The Missouri-based semiconductor company edged out earnings estimates but revenue, at $440.4 million, was a hair below. Chipmaker



slid 4.1% to $43.34 after


to a small GAAP-based loss that panned out at break-even. Non-GAAP income topped projections by 2 cents, but shares were still down $1.65, or 3.7%, to $43.55.

Communications chipmaker



also moved to the downside after hours, tumbling 6.1% to $32.75 after the Irvine, Calif., company said it

couldn't determine

second-quarter guidance due to "mixed outlooks" from some of its larger customers. Semiconductor

Conexant Systems

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, meanwhile, foresees a "core" fiscal third-quarter loss of 3 cents to 4 cents a share on sales of between $178 million and $182 million. Analysts are looking for a 2-cent per-share loss on sales of $190.7 million. Shares were off 3.3% to $1.46.

Elsewhere, Boulder, Colo.-based

Dynamic Materials

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, which makes explosion-welded clad metal plates, plunged 7.6% to $34.30 after saying it expects second-quarter results similar to those of its first quarter, when two analysts are seeking a 7-cent sequential rise in profits per share. Boston's

First Marblehead


, a student lender,

widely missed

fiscal third-quarter expectations, and Kansas-based trucker

YRC Worldwide

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chopped at least 50 cents off its 2007 earnings guidance. Full-year income is now pegged at $4 to $4.20 a share. Shares lost 5.5% to $43.22 in recent after-hours trading.