After an impressive string of earnings results this week and
friendly comments from Alan Greenspan yesterday, the market this morning looks to open mixed.
S&P 500 futures on
lately were down 2.7 to 1513.5, about five points above
fair value as calculated by
, and indicating some positive sentiment for the open. The thinly traded
futures were down 27 to 4025, about 12 points below fair value as calculated by
, and showing a bit of selling pressure for the Nasdaq's opening.
Semiconductor equipment manufacturer
flooded market channels early this morning with 100,000 shares changing hands on
. In recent action, ASML was up to 45 from its 44 1/4 close. Yesterday, the Dutch maker of scanners and steppers crucial to modern circuits posted better-than-expected profits. Further improvement is expected in the second half of 2000. Both
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown
raised their earnings estimates for ASM Lithography, and
resumed coverage of the company with a "recommended list" rating.
Shares of telecom giant
were also moving on
this morning. Although the Swedish phone manufacturer's earnings beat Wall Street estimates, the company worried investors by complaining about a components shortfall. That news dragged Ericsson's shares to 19 1/2 from yesterday's 22 9/16 closing price.
After midsession trading, Ericsson's news sent all major European indices lower. Germany's Xetra Dax was lower 0.31%. France's
was behind 0.82%, while the U.K.'s
was up 0.15% (see today's
European Midday Update for more). Japan's
rose 0.23% overnight, while Hong Kong's
gained 0.27% (see today's
Asian Markets Update for more).
Thursday's After-Hours Trading
gained 16% after yesterday's close, almost 20% in today's main session on last night's news that it will replace embattled
on the closely watched
S&P 500 big-cap index after the bell next Wednesday.
gave the fiber-optic company an additional lift when it initiated coverage on its recommended list. Tonight after earlier gains profit-taking set in sending the company 0.68 lower to 127.43 on almost 400,000 Instinet shares.
earnings were so bright, traders donned sunglasses to trade it. It was up 5.9375 to 104 on 1,185,729 Instinet shares.
The server maker not only surpassed earnings estimates but broke through the $5 billion revenue mark for the first time, up 42% year over year. Net income for the fourth quarter rose 67% to $659.5 million, or 39 cents a share, excluding gains on the sale of equity investments and acquisition-related charges for fiscal year 2000. Analysts had estimated it would make 33 cents a share.
The bullish results were not an enormous surprise to investors who bid the stock up 4% today in anticipation of a positive quarter. However, analysts may have been a bit stunned by the robust revenue, which they expected to be about a billion dollars lower. The company boasted gains in market share, catapulting the company from the No. 4 open system provider to No. 1, according to CEO Scott McNealy. The company also forecasted 30% growth in coming quarters.
E-business application provider
earnings came in at 4 cents a share, 2 cents better than analysts thought it would do in the second quarter. Revenue popped 306% at $95.3 million vs. $25.5 million last year. The company's shares settled 11% higher today in front of this evening's earnings but fell 3, or 6.6%, to 42.375 after the fact. Reports on
suggested that analysts were disappointed with the net income numbers, which barely budged sequentially.
Yesterday BroadVision announced a partnership with e-commerce developer
to expand its sales channel. I-Storm used BroadVision technology in its eCommerce platform to develop and operate high-volume e-commerce sites for national retail brands.
To some, 40 cents might not be much, but it translates into a 646% or 0.60 gain to 70 cents on Island ECN for
Brazilian Fast Food
. It also settled 6.25 cents, or 200%, higher during the day session.
Online information provider
posted better-than-expected operating earnings but fell 0.50, or 1.5%, to 31.87 on the impact of the $1.6 billion
acquisition on its numbers.
The company reported per-share earnings of 3 cents, or $2.5 million in net income, down from 7 cents a year ago but above the Wall Street consensus of 1 cent. Revenue more than doubled to $52.2 million from $25.6 million a year ago.
Including goodwill amortization related to acquisitions, net gains on investment sales and related taxes, CNet posted a net loss of $20.7 million, or 24 cents a share, compared with a profit of $9.2 million, or 11 cents a share. The company said it expects full-year revenue to top $200 million.
tumbled 2.375, or 11.6%, to 18 after reporting disappointing second-quarter results. The builder of B2B e-commerce companies posted an operating loss of $33.1 million, or 74 cents a share, missing the consensus estimate of 80 cents. Last year the net loss was $12.5 million, or $2.86 a share.
leapt 2.1875, or 6%, to 38.9375 on news that it will replace
on the S&P 500 after the close of trading July 27.
doubled its earnings on strong growth in advertising, electronic commerce and subscribers. The Internet company topped Wall Street estimates, posting fourth-quarter earnings of 13 cents per share, 2 cents higher than expected and more than double the 6 cents posted last year. Revenue climbed 39 percent to $1.9 billion from $1.4 billion a year ago, matching analysts' estimates.
However, the subscriber base did not grow as much as analysts anticipated, which can explain the 2.43 drop to 59.125 on 590,000 Instinet shares.
fell 17.875, or 24.5%, to 55.125 after the computer-products maker said its third-quarter earnings would fall short of analysts' expectations. The company warned that third-quarter earnings per share will come in under the 35 cents previously expected by analysts due to waning demand for its products.
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