It looks like a strong morning for U.S. stocks, with the futures and Europe's markets solidly higher.
S&P 500 futures
lately were up 8.6 to 1547.1, more than 7 points above fair value. The thinly traded
futures were up 49 to 4811.
remained, as they say in a neighboring country,
. Lately it was up 1.9%, led by a 5.9% advance in
was up 1.6%, with
up 6.9%, and the U.K.'s
was up 0.5%.
Overnight in Asia, Japan's
added 0.5% while Hong Kong's
edged up 0.05% (see today's
Asian Markets Update for more).
trading, Belgian speech technology company
Lernout & Hauspie
was soaring 17 3/4 to 126 1/2 after setting an acquisition of privately held
of Newton, Mass., for 5.45 million shares.
edged up 11/16 to 104 3/4 as it
continues to seek a resolution to its federal antitrust entanglement. Elsewhere, troubled lender
rose 1/2 to 32 1/2 on
news that former
honcho James Dimon will take over as chairman and CEO.
Yesterday's After-Hours Trading
David A. Gaffen
Monday after-hours activity was subdued. With very little news, the zoned-out folks in front of the screens are working some of the
. All are among
10 most heavily traded.
, obviously sick of looking more like No. 2, said postclose it was hiring Jamie Dimon, former
president, who was forced out when Citigroup merged with
Salomon Smith Barney
Dimon, reputed to be a formidable recruiter and an experienced manager, will be president and chief executive officer of Bank One, which has watched its stock price drop from an all-time high of 63 9/16 last summer to the low 30s. Lately, the shares were up 1 1/8 to 32 on 364,000
Dimon takes over from John McCoy, who retired in December after the bank warned analysts twice last year that problems with its credit card unit would cause the company to miss earnings expectations.
It used to be that kicking the tires and checking under the hood was enough research for buying a car. (That, and haggling with the dealer, or stealing it from the lot.) But
, a company that's trying to change all that, is apparently doing a pretty good job. The company said today that revenue is expected to be between $14 million and $15 million, 5% to 10% above original estimates.
And first-quarter losses are expected to be at least 25% below the company's original estimates, basically because the company's being thrifty and hiring less staff than anticipated.
The stock was cheered by the after-hours denizens, who were trading it up 1 to 9 3/16 on 461,000 Island shares. It was the second-most active on
, with 68,000 shares traded.
today received a patent for a product that can develop into functioning liver tissue.
The company said, pre-close, it will begin human clinical trials in 2001 to investigate the transplantating of these cells by intravenous infusion as a treatment for patients suffering from liver failure and certain inherited metabolic diseases. Shares, which closed at 7 5/16 today, were lately off 1/16 to 7 1/4 on 31,000 Island shares.
OK, decipher this if you can.
said today that it was selecting
business-to-business (that's B2B, if you don't get the lingo) portal to "optimize channel partnerships and sales performance." Legato is a leader in global enterprise storage management, because somebody has to be.
The company's stock was up 1 3/4 to 47 5/8 on 56,000 Island shares.
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explains how the rules change when the sun goes down in Investing Basics: Night Owl, a section devoted to after-hours trading.