lifted 1 5/8 to 113 1/2 in late
trading after the company posted third-quarter earnings of 38 cents a share, 1 cent above the 29-analyst
outlook and ahead of the year-ago 30 cents. Cisco also announced a 2-for-1 stock split.
covered Cisco's conference call in an earlier story.
, rumored to be in merger talks with
, has hired
to advise the oil giant on potential merger and acquisition options, according to a
In other postclose news (earnings estimates from First Call; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified):
Earnings/revenue reports and previews
Abercrombie & Fitch
recorded first-quarter earnings of 23 cents a share, beating the 17-analyst prediction for 17 cents and the year-earlier 12 cents. The clothing retailer also set a 2-for-1 stock split and said it plans to open 20 children's stores this year. The stock picked up 1/16 to 92 1/2 in after-hours trading.
reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.59 a share, topping the five-analyst expectation by 6 cents and moving ahead of the year-ago $1.45.
posted a fourth-quarter loss of 32 cents a share, 3 cents wider than the six-analyst forecast and significantly behind the year-ago profit of 42 cents.
reported fourth-quarter earnings of 2 cents a share, in line with the eight-analyst forecast but behind the year-ago 25 cents.
reported fourth-quarter earnings of 19 cents a share, missing the seven-analyst forecast for 28 cents and the year-ago 27 cents.
reported second-quarter earnings of 15 cents a share, 1 cent higher than the two-analyst outlook but below the year-ago 26 cents.
reported first-quarter earnings of 19 cents a share, a penny above the 13-analyst forecast and 6 cents ahead of the year-ago figure.
announced a first-quarter loss of $1.16 a share, 3 cents narrower than the nine-analyst prediction but wider than the year-earlier loss of 39 cents.
said its second-quarter earnings will fall substantially below its first-quarter profit of 18 cents a share. The two-analyst view called for second-quarter earnings of 20 cents vs. the year-ago 23 cents. The retail mortgage provider blamed the warning on a decrease in conventional loan margins and a decrease on its branch system's conventional and subprime products.
posted second-quarter earnings of 40 cents a share, 2 cents higher than the five-analyst view and above the year-ago 28 cents.
System Software Associates
warned its second-quarter results will fall below the four-analyst prediction for a loss of 7 cents a share. The company, which blamed the news on lower software license revenue, lost 20 cents in the year-ago period.
posted a first-quarter loss of 7 cents a share, 4 cents wider than the six-analyst outlook and in line with the year-ago loss.
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
said its board approved beginning talks with
about Litton's $38-per-share offer for the company. Meanwhile, Avondale and
Newport News Shipbuilding
agreed in January to merge in a deal valuing Avondale at $470 million, or $35.50 a share. Litton has offered to acquire both Newport News and Avondale for a total of $1.8 billion in cash, stock and debt assumption.
climbed 6 to 104 1/4 in after-hours trading following a
dropped its bid for the Internet portal.
Offerings and stock actions
added 3 million shares to a pre-existing repurchase plan for 1 million shares.
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Time Warner Telecom's
(TWTC:Nasdaq) 18 million-share IPO above range at $14 a share. The company offers high-speed Internet access primarily to medium and large business customers in 19 U.S. cities.