Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

could have a chance to settle the antitrust case brought against it by the

Justice Department

,

Chase H&Q

software analyst Walter Winnitzki said following a briefing by Microsoft's new CFO, John Connors. Winnitzki told

Reuters

"there was a feeling there was a near-term opportunity to have this settled, some language being given that they wouldn't have any change in culture or structure."

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

Comverse Technology

(CMVT)

reported fourth-quarter earnings of 60 cents a share, beating the 15-analyst estimate of 57 cents and the year-ago 44 cents. The company also announced a 2-for-1 stock split.

Engage Technologies

(ENGA)

reported a second-quarter loss of 52 cents a share, narrower than the five-analyst expected loss of 58 cents and the year-ago pro forma loss of 15 cents. The company also declared a 2-for-1 stock split.

Kohl's

(KSS) - Get Report

posted fourth-quarter earnings of 72 cents a share, above the 18-analyst estimate of 69 cents and the year-ago 58 cents. Kohl's also said it expects comparable same-store sales growth in the mid-single digits for March and April combined. In the same period last year, Kohl's said it saw same-store sales increase an average of 10.6%. The company said it was comfortable with first-quarter earnings estimates of 24 cents to 27 cents and the 12-analyst consensus of 26 cents.

National Computer

(NLCS)

posted fourth-quarter earnings of 35 cents a share, a penny better than the 12-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago earnings of 30 cents.

Consumer products company

Playtex

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said it is comfortable with expectations that it will deliver strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter of 2000 and for the year. The current six-analyst estimate is 25 cents a share for the first quarter and 85 cents for the year.

TMP Worldwide

(TMPW)

reported fourth-quarter earnings of 15 cents a share, beating the 11-analyst estimate of 12 cents and the year-ago 5 cents.

Offerings and stock actions

Chiron

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said its board authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 5 million shares of its common stock.

Lehman Brothers

priced a 10 million-share IPO for

FirstWorld Communications

(FWIS)

at $17 each, the top of the estimated $15-to-$17 range. The company provides network-based Internet, data and communications services.

General Dynamics

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said its board voted to authorize the buyback of up to 10 million shares of the company's issued and outstanding common stock.

Taubman Centers

(TCO) - Get Report

said it will repurchase up to $50 million of its common stock.

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