No one likes an end-of-the-day selloff. It makes people nervous, jumpy, like they've had
too much caffeine.
AT&T was responsible for many of yesterday's woes. The telephone giant reported in-line earnings yesterday morning but warned of somewhat slower revenue growth in the coming quarters.
wrote about the company's problems in a
This morning, all signs are pointing to a somewhat hung-over opening in the stock market. In early action, the
June futures contract was recently trading down 1, about 5 points below fair value. The
contract was up 10 to 3648.
Before the opening, several stocks were making some hay on
. AT&T, fighting back from yesterday's walloping, was gaining 9/16 to 42 1/2.
was up 11 7/16 to 62 this morning after rejecting an $18.4 billion takeover bid by
was surging 1 7/16 to 52 7/8 after it said it sees no major merger activity on the immediate horizon.
On the downside,
was off 4 9/16 to 13 after a disappointing earnings release.
spelled out the earnings announcement in last night's
Yesterday's After-Hours Trading
Ariba! Ariba! Andale! Andale!
Bulls are attracted to red. That's why they flocked to
late night, after the B2B software maker's daytime bloodbath. Ariba's stock bled 11%, dropping 9 3/8 to 74 9/16, even after announcing that
Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group
had selected the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform to manage its expense purchases. Ariba makes software that allows users to buy, sell and auction goods over the Internet.
But what goes down often comes up after hours, where contrarian moves rule. Ariba rode up 1 3/4 to 76 3/8 on 20,000 shares on
. And why not? Ariba is a good kid, with nice earnings. It hangs out with other B2B brown-nose stocks that have pleased with positive earning results. Confidence in the overall B2B sector is regaining momentum after April's stumble, and a loss of 11% is nothing more than an annoying mosquito bite on the company's thick skin.
was knocked down 4 17/32 points to 12 29/32 on 250,000 Island shares after announcing disappointing earnings tonight. That is a steep decline, about a quarter of the name's value, for a stock that closed at 17 9/16. The business management software company reported second quarter earnings of 8 cents a share, falling short of Wall Street estimates of 16 cents a share. The shortfall was due to a decline of sales through distributors and reseller and problems with organization and sales management, the company said.
Utah-based Novell also announced that Nicholas Tiliacos, formerly of
, will be the new senior vice president of worldwide sales. Welcome, worldwide sailor!
was yesterday's big winner, sailing up 10 points on the goodwill of late-night hunters. It subsequently fell 9% today and continued its correction into the evening, softening a further 1 1/2 to 114 1/4on 15,000 shares on Island.
yesterday's Night Watch? The Bermuda-based telephone company posted modest gains after it announced that Gary Cohen from
will replace co-founder David Lee. The company also said it might sell a local phone business that came with last year's acquisition of
Global Crossing traded down 3 3/8, or 9%, to 32 5/8 during the day session, and the cold shoulder continued late-night even though the company reported solid results.
First-quarter losses were 36 cents a share, bettering the 43-cent loss expected by
First Call/Thomson Financial
, and revenue rose 5% from fourth quarter to $1.12 billion. The company nosed down 1 1/2 to 114 1/4 on 15,000 shares on Island.
Phones stocks were out of favor today after
dragged down the
. Ma Bell met earnings expectations but cut its sales and profit outlook for the rest of the year.
also felt the chill, slipping 1 1/8 to 112 1/2 on 46,000 Island shares after snapping 3.5% higher by daylight, when
reiterated its buy rating on the digital wireless communications company.
Qualcomm announced after hours that it will team up with
unit, to teach wireless knowledge specific courses, according to a release.
Late-night quiz: What is Fibre Channel protocol?
- A. The newest Hollywood blockbuster.
- B. A fad diet.
- C. Cable programming.
- D. Technology used by Vixel (VIXL) in storage of area networks, including software, switches, hubs and other components.
Give up? Here's a hint. Lucent, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications equipment, agreed to use Fibre Channel protocol to connect its far-flung storage networks.
The news sent
shares jumping 5 7/8 to 13 15/16 during the day session, gaining more than 70% and making the second-biggest percentage gain on Nasdaq.
That little Vixel eased up after hours, slipping 1 5/16 to 15 3/8 on 180,000 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.