Bed Bath & Beyond Tops Estimates; Global Crossing to Join S&P 500

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Bed Bath & Beyond

(BBBY) - Get Report

is enjoying a comfortable week. The domestic merchandise chain posted second-quarter earnings of 23 cents a share, a penny better than the 17-analyst

First Call/Thomson Financial

estimate and up from a year-ago 18 cents a share. The company said same-store sales increased 9.7% in the latest quarter.

Standard & Poor's

announced Monday that Bed Bath & Beyond will be added to the

S&P 500

, although the move has been postponed because of a delay in

BankBoston's

(BKB)

acquisition by

Fleet Financial

(FLT) - Get Report

And speaking of the index ...

... Standard & Poor's said

Global Crossing

(GBLX)

will replace

Frontier

(FRO) - Get Report

in the S&P 500, upon completion of Global's $9 billion buyout of Frontier.

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In other postclose news (earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified):

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

AGL Resources

(ATG)

said it sees fourth-quarter earnings below analyst estimates, due to a decline in its customer base. The eight-analyst estimate calls for 17 cents a share. The company said it expects a fourth-quarter gain of $15 million on the sale of its stake in

Sonat Marketing

, a natural gas marketer.

Cable Design Technologies

(CDT)

reported fourth-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share, better than both the seven-analyst estimate and year-ago 40 cents.

Coldwater Creek

(CWTR)

posted second-quarter results of 14 cents a share, including a 5 cent gain. The four-analyst estimate called for earnings of 6 cents a share and the year-ago result was 5 cents.

Heilig Meyers

(HMY) - Get Report

posted second quarter results of 4 cents a share, short of the eight-analyst estimate of 6 cents a share and the year-ago 15 cents.

Thanks to a vogue for those funky marshmallow sofas a la

Austin Powers

, furniture maker

Herman Miller

(MLHR) - Get Report

posted first-quarter earnings of 43 cents a share, beating the seven-analyst estimate of 41 cents and a year-ago 39 cents a share.

Speedfam IPEC

(SFAM)

posted a first-quarter loss of 37 cents a share, in line with the six-analyst estimate but wider than the year-ago loss of 25 cents.

Vans

(VANS)

posted first-quarter earnings of 42 cents a share, a penny better than the eight-analyst estimate of 41 cents a share and up from 35 cents a year ago.

Offerings and stock actions

Goldman Sachs

priced

Ashford.com's

(ASFD)

6.25 million-share IPO at $13, the top of the estimated $11-to-$13 range. The Houston-based retailer sells luxury goods.

Direct email marketer

Yesmail.com's

(YESM)

3.4 million-share offering was priced at $11 a share, within the estimated $10-to-$12 range.

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

is the lead underwriter.

Miscellany

And stay out ... Shares of

Acme Electric

(ACE)

were suspended from the Big Board, a day after the company said it wanted to switch to the

Nasdaq Stock Market

. The NYSE said it would stop trading the shares on Oct. 7 and seek permission from the

Securities and Exchange Commission

to delist the stock.

Conning

(CNNG)

named Arthur Reeds III president, chairman and CEO, succeeding Leonard Rubenstein, who retired.

Hawaiian Airlines

(HA) - Get Report

plans to buy up to 20 717-200 commercial passenger jets from

Boeing

(BA) - Get Report

as part of an effort to modernize its fleet and cut operating costs. The airline placed a firm order, valued at more than $430 million, for 13 planes to be delivered in 2001.