said it plans to take a fourth-quarter after-tax charge of $24 million, or 5 cents a share, to cover 2,750 additional job cuts in its energy services group. The oil-services giant cited low crude oil prices and customers' plans to cut spending in 1999. Halliburton expects to report net fourth-quarter earnings of 14 cents to 16 cents a share, including the charge and costs related to project losses. The 22-analyst
estimate calls for operating earnings of 36 cents a share vs. the year-ago 58 cents.
Holiday shopping on the Internet leapt to $5 billion this season, nearly quadrupling year-over-year, according to a survey from
Marketing Corp. of America
. That tops other estimates putting the figure at $2.3 billion to $3.4 billion. The news comes after a session that saw stocks such as
Active Apparel Group
skyrocket on e-commerce-related announcements.
In other postclose news (earnings estimates from First Call):
Earnings/revenue reports and previews
warned that it will be just "marginally profitable" in the third quarter, missing the seven-analyst projection of 26 cents a share and the year-ago 29 cents. Halter cited the steep drop in energy prices and reductions in capital spending by oil companies.
Network Equipment Technologies
warned that it expects its third-quarter earnings to fall short of the six-analyst estimate of 20 cents a share. The company made 11 cents in the year-earlier quarter. Network Equipment cited weakness in Asian markets and fluctuations in lease revenue. The stock reportedly dipped 1 5/8 to 12 in after-hours trading.
said its first-quarter earnings growth will top its internal estimate of 20%, despite high cheese costs. The company made 11 cents a share in the year-earlier period. First Call had no estimates for the current quarter.
Valley National Gases
said it expects its second-quarter earnings to match or fall short of the first quarter's 9 cents a share. The three-analyst outlook called for second-quarter earnings of 9 cents vs. the year-earlier 11 cents. Valley National also set a buyback of up to 230,000 shares, or about 2.3% of the shares outstanding.
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
has hired an investment bank to seek a buyer for its environmental services unit,
WRR Environmental Services
Offerings and stock actions
Community West Bancshares
set a buyback of up to $2 million worth of its shares.
Three Rivers Financial
set a buyback of up to 90,000 shares.