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CMGI 'Generally' Supports USA/Lycos Deal, Reserves Right to Reconsider

CMGI

(CMGI)

,

Lycos'

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largest shareholder, said it is "generally supportive" of Lycos' merger with

USA Networks

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but that it "reserves the right to reassess its position." CMGI shares rose as high as 113 from a close of 112 in after-hours trading. The company responded to rumors swirling during today's session that it was getting cold feet about the deal.

Outflow from U.S. equity funds in the week ended yesterday totaled $1 billion, according to

AMG Data Services

. International funds reported outflow from all emerging and developed sectors. Among other funds, taxable bond funds reported inflow of $517 million, money-market funds reported inflow of $3.3 million and municipal bond funds reported inflow of $142 million.

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

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

Advanced Lighting

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reported a second-quarter loss of $1.67 a share, including charges. The three-analyst estimate called for operating earnings of 6 cents vs. the year-ago profit of 17 cents.

Dimon

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reported a second-quarter loss of 20 cents a share, wider than the two-analyst estimate for a loss of 11 cents and below the year-ago profit of 24 cents. The company also said it sees break-even third-quarter results but expects significant improvement the following quarter. Analysts called for 29 cents for the third quarter, compared with the year-ago 39 cents, and 36 cents for the fourth quarter, compared with the year-ago 20 cents.

Eco Soil

(ESSI)

said it will take a fourth-quarter charge of $4 million to $5 million to reorganize two divisions.

J.D. Edwards

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said it sees first-quarter earnings of 2 cents to 4 cents a share, below the 15-analyst forecast for 9 cents and the year-ago 6 cents. The company blamed slower than expected growth in license fees.

Level 8 Systems

(LVEL)

may restate its 1998 quarterly results mostly to reflect an adjustment to a $6.5 million first-quarter research charge.

In other earnings news:

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Cooper Tire & Rubber

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announced a joint venture with Italian cable and tire maker

Pirelli

in an effort to boost sales and its distribution network. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Integrated Health Services

(IHS)

said it's in talks with financial firms interested in a leveraged buyout after issuing a profit warning earlier today. The company also said it's considering an IPO for part or all of its

RoTech

unit.

Offerings and stock actions

Onyx Software's

(ONXS:Nasdaq) 3.1 million-share IPO priced top-range at $13 a share by

Credit Suisse First Boston

. Elsewhere in first offerings,

Serena Software's

(SRNA:Nasdaq) 6 million-share IPO priced above-range at $13 a share by

Hambrecht & Quist

. And

Bottomline Technology's

(EPAY:Nasdaq) 3.4 million-share IPO priced top-range at $13 a share by

BancBoston Robertson Stephens

.

Cerus

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filed with regulators for a 2 million-share offering.

Printonix

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set a 1 million-share buyback.

Miscellany

AMR's

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American Airlines

filed a contempt of court motion against its pilots union, saying the union's "sicklist" grew today even after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting members from calling in sick. The airline has canceled hundreds of flights because of a dispute with the pilots union about how to integrate

Reno Air

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into American.

Boston Scientific

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said it will cut 2,000 jobs and plans to take a $62 million charge as it integrates a recently acquired company and streamlines operations. The medical device maker bought

Schneider Worldwide

from

Pfizer

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in September.

Lockheed Martin

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was named in a shareholder lawsuit seeking class action status alleging that it inflated its 1998 third-quarter earnings to avoid falling short of analysts' forecasts.

Stimsonite

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said it hired

Merrill Lynch

to investigate strategic options to improve shareholder value.

Weyerhaeuser

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plans to add chairman to CEO Steven Rogel's title April 20.