said it would acquire
in a stock swap worth $1.77 billion based on the companies' value at the close of trading Wednesday.
In an announcement after the markets closed, the Santa Clara, Calif., supplier of semiconductor parts and services said it would exchange 0.649 of a share for each Etec share.
Etec makes laser systems that produce masks used to print circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers. The company is based in Hayward, Calif.
After the announcement, shares of Applied Materials fell 2 1/16 to 125, while shares of Etec gained more than 25 to 75 1/2, according to
. Etec lately was trading at 76 on
, with Applied Materials last traded at 124.
said it signed a definitive merger agreement with
National Bancorp of Alaska
, Alaska's largest bank, for a stock deal worth about $907 million. Under the deal, National Bancorp of Alaska shareholders will receive $30 a share worth of Wells Fargo stock. The companies announced their intent to merge three weeks ago.
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said its first-quarter earnings would slip by 1 cent to 2 cents a share after a fire aboard the cruise ship Celebration that kept the vessel adrift for several hours but left passengers unhurt. The current 17-analyst estimate calls for earnings of 31 cents.
said it sees fourth-quarter funds from operations at about 34 cents a share, below the five-analyst estimate of 42 cents a share. LTC said it sees first-quarter FFO between 41 cents and 43 cents, in line with the five-analyst estimate, also for 42 cents.
Network Equipment Technologies
posted a third-quarter loss of 31 cents, wider than the two-analyst estimate of an 18-cent loss and wider than the year-ago loss of 4 cents.
reported third-quarter earnings of 27 cents a share, beating the 10-analyst estimate of 24 cents and the year-ago 20 cents.
said it expects a fourth-quarter loss of 34 cents to 37 cents a share before one-time charges. The five-analyst estimate is for a loss of 35 cents.
posted second-quarter earnings of 22 cents, in line with the four-analyst estimate, but lower than the year-ago earnings of 25 cents excluding items.
American Home Products
said CFO Robert Blount will retire next month for personal reasons, unrelated to the company's planned merger with fellow New Jersey drugmaker
. Blount will be succeeded by Kenneth Martin, currently senior vice president and CFO of the company's
said CEO Jonathan Bulkeley has resigned to focus on his personal investments. The company, which is 40% owned by
Barnes & Noble
, said it would name a new CEO shortly. Steve Riggio, Barnes & Noble's vice chairman, will replace Bulkeley as both vice chairman and acting CEO for the online site, effective immediately. Bulkeley decided to leave the company to take charge of his investment in
, a European Internet auction business.
joint newsroom covered the departure in a