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British Telecommunications


plummeted 37 1/4, or 19.2%, to 156 1/2 after it reported third-quarter earnings of $1.29 per ADR excluding charges, down from $1.51 a year ago. The single-analyst estimate according to

First Call/Thomson Financial

was for $1.45. The company said it would slash about 10% of manager jobs, or about 3,000 people over the next six to nine months.

Merrill Lynch

cut its rating on the stock to accumulate from buy.

Credit Suisse First Boston




to strong buy from buy and raised its price target to 227 from 105. Shares of Interwoven were bouncing 16, or 12.6%, to 143.

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures



joined forces with Malaysia's

Star Cruises

for a joint cross-marketing deal which mirrors some airline alliances. Star told


it is confident of winning control of Norwegian cruise group

NCL Holding


after teaming up with Carnival, its former rival in a bidding war. Shares of Carnival were moving up 5/8 to 45 11/16 and NCL Holding was sliding 1 3/8, or 7.4%, to 17.

Charles Schwab


was falling 5/16 to 35 1/4 after it said it would buy day-trading firm


in a stock deal valued at about $488 million. Schwab will exchange about 13.7 million unregistered shares of its common stock for all outstanding shares, options and equity rights of CyBerCorp.

Schwab also announced it will reduce certain trading commissions by 50%. Online equity commissions for the most active retail customers will drop to $14.95 from $29.95 when more than 60 "qualifying" trades are made in a quarter. Schwab said customers must have $50,000 in household assets at Schwab to qualify for the new pricing.

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was climbing 2 9/16, or 13.4%, to 21 5/8 after it said

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

will invest $550 million in the company, which includes a combination of voting preferred stock and warrants. The company said the investment will help accelerate earnings growth.

First Commerce Bancshares


said it will be acquired by

Wells Fargo


in a deal valued at $480 million, or $35.95 a share. Shares of First Commerce were lifting 1 1/2 to 34 and Well Fargo was slipping 1/2 to 39 11/16.



announced a deal with



to track vehicles between factories and dealerships. Shares of Ford were skidding 7/8 to 48 15/16 and UPS was losing 3, or 5%, to 58 7/16.

General Electric


said one of its units will supply $4 billion in services to a subsidiary of

Duke Energy


. Shares of General Electric were declining 3/4 to 135 1/4 and Duke Energy was retreating 7/16 to 57 1/8.



was tacking on 1/2 to 101 7/8 after it said it has agreed to purchase a chip manufacturing plant form

Rockwell International


and put in $1.5 billion into the facility. Intel is expects to begin making flash memory at the Colorado Springs plant by later this year. Shares of Rockwell were shedding 5/16 to 49 1/8.

Bell Canada's

Sympatico will form a joint venture with



. Bell Canada, which will own 71% of the joint venture, will pay Lycos for license fees, and Sympatico will access Lycos features. Shares of Lycos were falling 1 1/2 to 73.






are moving significantly closer to agreeing to merger terms, the


reported. Pfizer is showing a willingness to slightly sweeten its bid and Warner is apparently relaxing earlier price targets, the story said, citing people familiar with the situation. Shares of Pfizer were skidding 11/16 to 36 5/16 and Warner Lambert was declining 1 to 94 5/8.

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said they will develop a wireless appliance system. Ericsson said the new products, based on the Bluetooth communications technology that replaces plugs and cords, will run on Qualcomm's wireless technology. Shares of Qualcomm were hopping 2 3/16 to 138 1/4 and Ericsson was lifting 1 1/16 to 81 1/16.






said they have signed a three-year deal for the development of interactive and online marketing for Unilever's key brands in France, Germany and Britain. Shares of Unilever were losing 15/16 to 23 15/16.

Earnings/revenue reports and previews


Earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified.


Dollar Thrifty Automotive


was added 7/16 to 20 1/2 after it posted fourth-quarter earnings of 28 cents a share, ahead of the six-analyst estimate of 21 cents and the year-ago 14 cents.



was gaining 7/16 to 23 7/8 after it posted fourth-quarter earnings of 49 cents, well above the three-analyst estimate of 42 cents and the year-ago 47 cents.

Marsh & McLennan


was retreating 2 7/8 to 94 11/16 after it reported fourth-quarter earnings of 82 cents a share, in line with the 15-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago 70 cents.

Qwest Communications


was up 3/4 to 42 5/8 after it posted fourth-quarter earnings of 4 cents a share, in line with the 23-analyst estimate and up from year-ago earnings of 1 cent.



was mounting 9/16 to 45 5/8 after it reported fourth-quarter earnings of 34 cents a share, a penny better than the 24-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago 28 cents.

Time Warner


was bouncing 5 1/8, or 6.5%, to 83 1/16 after it reported fourth-quarter earnings of 20 cents a share, well above the 12-analyst estimate of 16 cents and the year-ago 11 cents a share.

Tommy Hilfiger


was moving up 1 7/8, or 14.6%, to 14 3/16 after it posted fourth-quarter earnings of 62 cents a share, ahead of the

First Call/Thomson Financial

14-analyst estimate of 59 cents and the year-ago 61 cents.

Offerings and stock actions



was unchanged at 22 3/4 after it said it set a $30 million share repurchasing program.

Analyst actions

Goldman Sachs




to its recommended list from market perform. Shares of Agco were popping 5/8, or 5.2%, to 12 1/2.

Goldman raised

Airborne Freight


to market outperform from market perform. Shares of Airborne Freight were climbing 13/16 to 19 3/4.

Merrill Lynch




to its focus one list, saying the shares have the potential to rise 28% in the next 12 months. Shares of Cigna were adding 1 3/16 to 73 1/16.

Goldman upped

CNH Global


to its recommended list from market perform. Shares of CNH Global were advancing 9/16 to 14 1/2.

Goldman upgraded



to its recommended list from market perform. Shares of Deere were hopping 1 1/8 to 43 7/8.

Robertson Stephens

upped its rating on



to buy from long-term attractive. Shares of Etoys were tacking on 1 5/8, or 11.2%, to 16 1/4.

Merrill Lynch cut

Integrated Electrical


to near-term neutral from buy. Shares of Integrated Electrical were sliding 3 15/16, or 45.9%, to 4 5/8.

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette




to top pick from buy. Shares of MedQuist were lifting 2 1/8, or 10%, to 23 3/8.

CSFB lifted its earnings estimate and price target on




Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

raised Nokia's target and rated the stock a strong buy. Salomon raised Nokia's price target to 245 from 225. Shares of Nokia were adding 3/4 to 185 1/4.

Salomon Smith Barney

upped its rating on

Pharmacia & Upjohn


to outperform from neutral. Shares of Pharmacia & Upjohn were mounting 2 3/4, or 5.6%, to 51 9/16.

Salomon Smith Barney raised its rating on



to outperform from neutral. Shares of Polaroid were climbing 3/4 to 25 15/16.

Merrill raised its near-term rating on

Quaker Oats


to buy from accumulate. Shares of Quaker Oats gaining 7/8 to 56 15/16. /SNIPPET>

Lehman Brothers

analyst James Barlage raised his price target on

Texas Instruments


to 150 from 95. Shares of Texas Instruments were bouncing 2 9/16 to 115 3/4.


upped its price target on



to 220 from 145. Shares of TMP were up 7 7/8 to 149 1/16.


Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch


was mounting 2 15/16, or 7.7%, to 39 1/8 after it said it would start selling tickets nationwide to smaller venues such as nightclubs, museums and amusement parks.

Brill Media Holdings

, publisher of media watchdog magazine

Brill's Content

, has agreed to form a partnership with





, a unit of General Electric;




Ingram Book Group




The New York Times

reported. The venture, which will launch a Web site called

, raises the issue of whether

Steven Brill

is compromising the magazine's independence, the story says. Shares of CBS were losing 13/16 to 57 13/16 and Primedia was shedding 1/4 to 17 7/16.

General Motors


was skidding 4 1/4 to 81 after it said it named president Richard Wagoner as CEO, who will take the reins from Jack Smith.

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The Heard on the Street column in the


says the once frowned-upon practice of "flipping," or buying and quickly selling shares of an IPO, is starting to gain acceptance on Wall Street. In some cases, underwriters even ask for a stock to be flipped back to them in order to resell shares to investors hungry for more stock, the story said

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