Oracle Meets Expectations, Wall Street Revels in Big Day

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That's more like it.

The last month has been positively hand-wringing. The market dropped from its all-time high, bond yields started backing up and a general malaise, thicker than the grease on a slice of pizza, fell over Wall Street. Not anymore. The bond market roared back, sending the yield on the benchmark 30-year bond below 6.5%. And the


responded with its fourth biggest point gain ever.

But before you go popping corks, a few items came across the screens after the bell. You'd better take a look.

Software maker


(ORCL) - Get Report

reported first-quarter earnings of 15 cents per share versus 11 cents last year. The results were in line with the Street's consensus, according to

First Call

. After charges, the results were four cents a share.

The Money Store


said it expects to meet third-quarter earnings estimates. The company is expected to post earnings of 39 cents a share. It also announced it would raise the level of reserves to cover higher losses in its non-prime auto finance business.

The Nasdaq Market

said it will delist

Solv-Ex Corp


at the end of business Tuesday. So long...

Butler Manufacturing


raised its annual dividend by 17%. The company is now paying 14 cents.

Scholastic Corp.

posted a first-quarter loss of 81 cents per share versus 81 cents per share the previous year. The Street had expected a loss of 82 cents per share. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Transworld Healthcare


posted a third-quarter loss of $1.89 versus a 15 cent per share loss the previous year. It also said two of its units were the target of federal audit requests

U.S. Surgical


filed a lawsuit against



to stop the medical equipment maker from reappointing some members of its board of directors. Surgical is pushing for its own candidates.

Debt-ridden comic-book publisher

Marvel Entertainment


said it has agreed to pay

Chase Manhattan


$385 million plus stock in one of its units.



unveiled first-quarter earnings of 26 cents a share versus 21 cents the previous year.