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