Rite Aid Warns of Loss on Charges; After-Hours Trading Update

Plus, T. Rowe Price will join the S&P 500, replacing Data General.
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Rite Aid

(RAD) - Get Report

warned investors that it expects to post a second-quarter loss of 26 cents a share after charges. The 11-analyst

First Call/Thomson Financial

consensus estimate expects the company to report second-quarter earnings before charges of a 24-cent profit, down from the year-ago 33-cent profit. Rite Aid blamed the weak results on restructuring charges and charges associated with its purchase of

PCS Health Systems

The drugstore chain also said that it plans on restating previous financial statements to indicate changes in accounting methods for particular lease agreements and impaired assets.

Standard & Poor's

said

T. Rowe Price

(TROW) - Get Report

will replace

Data General

in the

S&P 500

. Data General was bought by

EMC

(EMC)

.

Hanover Compressor

(HC)

will take T. Rowe Price's place on the

S&P MidCap 400

.

After-Hours Markets

Nothing exciting tonight, but Mondays are usually moderate and only move on news.

Savoir Technology

(SVTG)

led the most-actives on

Island ECN

for the entire postbell period.

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

and

Qwest Communications

(QWST)

traded heavier as the night wore on.

Over on

MarketXT

it was a small world after all.

Disney

(DIS) - Get Report

shared the top slot with

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

and

Unisys

(UIS) - Get Report

, each trading 1,000 shares.

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.

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updates the most active issues on both MarketXT and Island ECN in Got a Minute? and in the Evening Update.

--

Eric Gillin

In other postclose news (earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified):

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Agile Software

(AGIL)

announced its plans to purchase

Digital Market

, in a $72 million stock and cash transaction. According to the deal's terms, Agile would pay $22 million in cash and roughly $52 million in common stock to buy Digital, in an effort to boost its e-commerce options.

Pioneer Group

(PIOG)

said it has closed bidding for its gold mining business and plans to continue talks with interested acquirers. The business includes Pioneer's African exploration rights and its 90% equity stake in Pioneer Goldfields' Ghanaian division

Teberebie Goldfields Limited

.

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

Calpine

(CPN)

expects to post third-quarter earnings of 70 cents to 72 cents a share, beating both the eight-analyst estimate of 58 cents and the year-ago 56 cents. The company attributed its strong anticipated earnings to power plant acquisitions.

Chattem

(CHTT)

posted third-quarter earnings of 60 cents a share, in line with the five-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago 45 cents.

Computer Task Group

(TSK)

said it reported third-quarter earnings of 21 cents a share, beating the six-analyst estimate of 19 cents but down from the year-ago 37 cents.

Dynegy

(DYN)

CEO Chuck Watson said his company would beat the eight-analyst third-quarter estimate of 24 cents a share and said that the fourth-quarter outlook appears "equally as good." Watson did not specify a numerical estimate for the third-quarter earnings.

Gardner Denver

(GDI) - Get Report

said it anticipates third-quarter earnings to be in the range of 24 cents to 28 cents a share, greatly missing the four-analyst estimate of 40 cents and the year-ago 52 cents.

Harley-Davidson

(HDI)

reported third-quarter earnings of 42 cents a share, beating both the 18-analyst estimate of 41 cents a share and the year-ago 34 cents. The company upped its 1999 production target to 175,000 units, while putting its 2000 target at 193,000.

International Home Foods

(IHF) - Get Report

said it anticipates reporting third-quarter earnings at 43 cents a share, beating both the five-analyst estimate of 40 cents and the year-ago 33 cents. The company added that it would assume a third-quarter $21 million charge for a tax restructuring program, aimed at saving $2 million, or 3 cents a share, annually.

Modem Media.Poppe Tyson

(MMPT)

said it expects third-quarter revenue to surpass $21 million, a 90% increase from the year-ago. Modem Media cited client and international growth for the rise in revenues.

Novellus

(NVLS)

posted third-quarter earnings of 54 cents a share, beating both the 22-analyst estimate of 46 cents and the year-ago 22 cents.

Ortel

(ORTL)

said its expects to report second-quarter earnings at roughly 2 cents a share, beating the seven-analyst estimate of a 2-cent loss and in line with the year-ago 2-cent profit. The company said that strong sales and enhanced manufacturing would helped boost earnings

Sovereign Bancorp

(SVRN)

said it anticipates posting third-quarter earnings of 31 cents a share, beating the 12-analyst estimate of 30 cents and the year-ago 27 cents.

Miscellany

FDX

(FDX) - Get Report

said that its

Federal Express

division's executive vice president and COO David Bronczek will replace the retiring Theodore Weise as the unit's president and CEO.

AirTran Holdings

(AAIR)

said it would evaluate retiring its DC-9-30 fleet sooner than it expected, which could have the company assuming a fourth-quarter non-cash charge of possibly $150 million. This week, the company will roll out service with its new Boeing 717-200 aircraft.