Maxim Integrated Products

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was dropping 5% after the company cut its forecast. The company expects first-quarter revenue to be flat to down 3% from the fourth quarter and earnings of 32 cents to 34 cents a share, excluding charges. Maxim's shares were losing $1.47 to $29.90 before the opening bell.

Harte-Hanks

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agreed to acquire AberdeenGroup, a Boston-based provider of technology market research. The company expects to close the acquisition by the end of September.

Annaly Capital Management

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boosted its quarterly dividend by 1 cent to 14 cents a share. The dividend is payable Oct. 27 to shareholders of record Sept. 29.

Hifn

( HIFN), a provider of security processors for the networking and storage markets, expects revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter ending Sept. 30 to fall short of expectations by roughly 20%. Hifn said its outlook for fiscal 2007 is unchanged.

El Paso Electric

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said its board has increased its buyback authorization, allowing the company to repurchase up to an additional 2.3 million common shares.