Updated from 7:07 AM ET
was the big mover this morning after news that the company reached a settlement for its patent suits with Japanese electronic equipment maker
. According to the terms, Hitachi would pay Rambus a licensing charge to use the technology for high-speed memory interfaces used in some semiconductors.
The ever-volatile Rambus was up 35 7/8 to 133 on 8,000 shares on
. The stock was fetching 134 on only 800 shares on
was up 3 3/16 to 88 after it reported better-than-expected earnings after yesterday's close. The stock's closing price on Thursday was 84 13/16.
S&P 500 futures on
lately were up 0.7 to 1477, almost 4 points above
fair value. The
futures were up 2.50 to 3865.
Europe's major indices were down, with France's
down 0.4%, Germany's
down 0.3% and the U.K.'s
lower 0.4% (see today's
European Midday Update for more). Japan's
lost 0.8% overnight, while Hong Kong's
dropped 1.3% (see today's
Asian Markets Update for more).
Elsewhere in pre-open Instinet trading,
was up 1/4 to 68 1/2 on 10,000 shares after rumors yesterday that
was eyeing it for a takeover and
was up 5/16 to 132. Yesterday, the stock was named as one of
top long-term stock picks.
U.S. Stocks in Europe: Technology, Telecommunications Attract Attention
LONDON -- And Justice for...most.
saw its shares soar in Europe after it announced yesterday evening that Japan's
agreed to settle patent-infringement suits. The stock gained 30 euros, or 28.04%, to 137 euros ($128.40) in Germany Thursday morning. Hitachi agreed to a five-year licensing agreement in which it will pay a one-time fee plus royalties for using Rambus's high-speed memory-chip technology.
Meanwhile, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled that local governments can't force
to open its high-speed cable-TV lines to competitors. The decision is a set back to Internet service providers like
, which had lobbied aggressively for open access. AT&T shares gained 50 cents, or 1.32%, to 38.50 euros. America Online also traded higher, up 50 cents, or 0.83%, to 60.50 euros.
$19.7-billion purchase of rival fiber-optic component maker
E-Tek Dynamics Inc.
won approval from federal antitrust authorities on the condition the companies sell off certain supply contracts. JDS Uniphase shares dropped 6.30 euros, or 4.57%, to 131.50 euros, while E-Tek shares also dropped 5 euros, or 1.72%, to 285 euros after rallying in recent days.
showed some moxie in unveiling a computing platform,
, which adds Internet services to all its major products.
"Microsoft is trying to force the hand of the Supreme Court and the Justice Department" by unveiling this system now, said Jim McCabe, divisional director of American equities for
Capel Cure Sharp
in London. "They are tying everything closer together than they were previously with new and more user friendly methods of operating. That's an element of innovation that the Justice Department has argued Microsoft was stifling."
Shares of Microsoft dipped 1.50 euros, or 1.72%, to 85.50 euros.
After yesterday's selloff in the U.S., the September contract for the
futures was holding steady at 6:30 EDT up 1.2 points to 1477.5, or 4 points above fair value.
futures were up 7 points to 3869.50. Both indicate a fairly flat open for the markets.
Thursday's After-Hours Trading
were a betting man instead of a sassy semiconductor company, he would be feeling pretty lucky right now.
Last week it roared higher when
expanded its licensing of Rambus' memory chip technology.
The lucky streak continued after the bell when the company announced another victory.
signed a patent license agreement for the same Rambus memory technology in a gesture that settled the dispute out of court. The patent spat ended when Hitachi agreed to pay an upfront settlement fee and quarterly royalty payments.
Analysts believe that tonight's news will encourage other companies to license the Rambus technology.
The habitual spotlight stealer was one of the most actively traded stocks during the day with 22 million shares exchanged and showed off at night by leaping an incredible 38 3/4 to 136 on a whopping 2.53 million
shares. It ended 36 7/8 higher on
. The stock settled only 4.8% higher during the day session.
Last week the company announced a 4-for-1 stock split, creating more room to travel higher. (A stock split creates no new stock, of course, but most traders view it as a positive move.)
Elsewhere in the chip world,
surpassed third-quarter consensus earnings estimates by 13 cents a share. Shares rose 2 1/16 to 86 7/8 on Instinet.
joint newsroom covered Micron's earnings in a
story this evening.
This morning the
Food and Drug Administration
the go-ahead to begin the third and final testing phase of its cardiovascular disease-fighting system.
The company also announced that Gabriel Vegh was elected president and CEO and a director, succeeding Dr. Phillip Radlick, who was elected chairman.
Cardima makes products for the treatment and diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, and rallied 11% today on the news.
Tonight, the heart company bled. Nighttime pressure ate away at the day's gains, sending the company 7/32 lower to 1 9/32.
Magic is an illusion. It is also an Internet voice technology company.
signed an agreement with
to integrate the voice systems of both companies for e-commerce applications.
General Magic stock jumped 2 5/16, or 35%, to 8 23/32 after the deal was announced, and settled 30% higher. Tonight it was 9/16 higher at 9 1/16.
. Get one. Island traders did.
The Internet company rose 5/32 or 13% today despite a lack of fresh news. The curiously named company provides research that compares banking and credit products, such as mortgages, home equity loans and credit cards, through a portfolio of Web sites and print publications.
The company hit its 52-week low of 1 1/8 yesterday, which may explain some of the nighttime hunger. The company made a yummy and light midnight snack, popping a healthy 1/4 to 1 3/8 on 77,000 Island shares.
Today's technology tumble left some bellwethers bruised. Chipmaker
fell victim to the day's profit-taking mood. But night owls trawled the aisles for some blue-light bargains and plucked some Intel shares. The company rose 13/16 134 7/8 on almost 100,000 Instinet shares.
Fun with fiber.
Traders also filled their baskets with fiber-optics firm
, which dropped 25 13/16, or 8.8%, during the day session but recovered 7 15/16 to 273 after hours.
shares fell slightly after it released a new e-business software product yesterday. But during the day session they climbed 2 15/16, or 27%, to a new 52-week high of 13 9/16.
The company specializes in XML software that creates and edits interactive portals. Thought it is not certain, perhaps the company was lifted by the praise of XML technology in today's
"Today's Internet experience can be confusing and difficult, with a jumble of applications, Web pages and devices, none of which work with one another on your behalf," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said. "With the emergence of standards like XML, we now have the opportunity to revolutionize the way computers talk to one another on our behalf just as the browser changed the way we interact with computers."
Though Sequoia's technology was mentioned, the company's name wasn't. Tonight it relinquished some of its day gain, falling 1 9/16 to 12.
Pacific Aerospace & Electronics
, an international engineering and manufacturing company, rose 9% today after the company announced a purchase contract from
, which makes testing instruments.
Tonight Pacific Aerospace lost some altitude, dropping 1/16 to 2 1/2.
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