A big deal in the hot optical networking sector is getting little reaction thus far, with U.S. traders coming back from the holiday weekend in a noncommittal but slightly negative mood.
late yesterday agreed to acquire rival
in a $15 billion stock deal. Neither stock had yet traded on
Elsewhere in deal news,
traded lower in London on news of their planned megamerger, but their ADRs hadn't yet traded on Instinet. Both were offered lower on the ECN, however.
lately were down 4.6 to 1473.4, a couple of points below fair value and indicating modest pressure at the open. The thinly traded
futures were down 10 to 3741.5.
Friday's After-Hours Trading
reported its second-quarter earnings this afternoon, attracting 1.4 million shares of interest before the bell rang. It rose 7/32 to 1 9/16 during the day session, which is a 16.7% gain in the minuscule world of penny plays. Tonight, the company continued to trade heavily and post gains. It was last up 3/32 to 1 21/32 on 1.6 million shares on
ECN, easily the most active issue.
So, Vasomedical, huh?
Yup. The medical-device maker is based in Westbury, N.Y., and is actively engaged in bringing its enhanced external counterpulsation system, or EECP, into the marketplace. These EECPs are designed to treat patients with coronary artery disease without using invasive surgery, thereby minimizing trauma to the delicate heart muscles. The technology behind the system is deceptively simple. It uses pressurized cuffs to squeeze veins and arteries in the legs to help circulate blood and then deflates these same cuffs when the heart pumps, reducing the load on the heart. A computer organizes the entire system to syncopate with a patient's heartbeat.
Today Vasomedical announced that its second-quarter revenue from the sale and lease of these EECPs was $3 million, more than 700% better than last year's $364,000. Per-share earnings were nil in the same period, beating last year's 4-cent loss.
The company said the reason for the increase in revenue and earnings was due to a decision by the
Health Care Financing Administration
, the government agency controlling
, to cover the use of EECPs nationwide.
At the second-most-active spot,
was another mighty-mite whose big day turned into a big night. After gaining 7/8 to 3 3/16 on 1.2 million shares during the day session, it was last up 2 1/16 to 5 1/4 on 750,000 shares on Island.
Last night, PRT Group gave an update regarding its ten-month partnership with
. In a press release, the company announced that it developed an efficient model for integrating e-business software with clients' pre-existing network. PRT Group said that it has successfully implemented these e-tailing solutions, in conjunction with the Sun partnership, in ten different projects for a variety of different clients, from a major Internet carrier to an international petroleum company.
Major tech names were nowhere to be found on Island's most-actives list, with penny stocks establishing dominance heading into the long
Martin Luther King
Name stocks that traded did so lightly.
extended today's gain of 6 5/16 into the later session with a gain of 3 1/16 to 356 on 48,000 shares.
rose 1 17/32 to 141 31/32 on 38,000 shares.
rose 9/16 to 122 1/2 on 32,000 shares.
Island ECN, owned by Datek Online, offers trading, mainly in Nasdaq-listed stocks, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
explains how the rules change when the sun goes down in Investing Basics: Night Owl, a section devoted to after-hours trading.