Saks

(SKS)

reported fourth-quarter earnings of 97 cents a share, on target with the 14-analyst

First Call

view and ahead of the year-ago 77 cents. The retailer also said it's comfortable with earnings projections for 1999 but that it will record almost $35 million in first-quarter charges and extraordinary losses. The company didn't say whether it will have a quarter operating loss.

Inktomi

(INKT)

will enter

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index after the close of trading tomorrow, the

Philadelphia Stock Exchange

said. Inktomi is replacing

Netscape

(NSCP)

, whose acquisition by

America Online

(AOL)

is expected to be completed tomorrow.

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

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

Comverse Technology

(CMVT)

posted fourth-quarter earnings of 66 cents a share, 3 cents higher than the 12-analyst estimate and above the year-ago 40 cents. The company also set a 3-for-2 stock split.

Jabil Circuit

(JBL) - Get Report

reported second-quarter earnings of 28 cents a share, a penny above the 24-analyst expectation and 2 cents ahead of the year-ago figure.

Nichols Research

(NRES)

reported second-quarter earnings of 25 cents a share, matching the three-analyst view but falling below the year-ago 27 cents.

Nine West

(NIN)

announced fourth-quarter earnings of a penny a share, higher than the six-analyst call for break-even but below the year-ago profit of 3 cents.

Rexall Sundown

(RXSD)

recorded second-quarter earnings of 23 cents a share, in line with the eight-analyst estimate and above the year-ago 20 cents. The company also said it is "extremely optimistic" about the second-half of 1999 and that it approved a $100 million buyback program.

Sports Authority

(TSA)

posted fourth-quarter earnings of 3 cents a share, beating the eight-analyst prediction for 2 cents but falling behind the year-ago 25 cents.

Tekelec

(TKLC)

warned its first-quarter earnings will fall below both the six-analyst forecast for 11 cents a share and the year-ago dime due to lower product revenue.

Wet Seal

(WTSLA)

posted fourth-quarter earnings of 95 cents a share, 1 cent higher than the four-analyst view and above the year-ago 63 cents.

Winnebago

(WGO) - Get Report

reported second-quarter earnings of 45 cents a share, blasting away the single-analyst outlook for 26 cents and the year-ago 18 cents.

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Lear

(LEA) - Get Report

agreed to buy

United Technologies'

(UTX) - Get Report

automotive unit,

UT Automotive

, for $2.3 billion. Lear expects the acquisition to add 5 cents a share to its 1999 earnings and 35 cents in 2000. Meanwhile, United Technologies said its 1999 profit will grow 15% from last year's $5.05 a share.

TRW

(TRW)

said it will urgently address the reduction of debt it will assume after its $7 billion purchase of Britain's

LucasVarity

(LVA)

. The company also said it plans to cut capital expenditures by $300 million over the next five years.

Offerings and stock actions

G.I. Joe's

, an operator of sports and automotive merchandise stores, cancelled plans to take itself public, citing market conditions. (What conditions? That the

Dow

hit an intraday 10,000?) The company was expected trade on the

Nasdaq Stock Exchange

under the symbol GIJO.

Miscellany

Foamex

(FMXI)

named John Johnson Jr. president and CEO, replacing Andrea Farace. Marshall Cogan was elected chairman. The company also said it hired

J.P. Morgan

to explore strategic alternatives.

Hexcel

(HXL) - Get Report

said its

Hexcel Schwebel

unit will close its Cleveland, Ga., manufacturing plant by July 1.

Trans World Airlines

(TWA)

named President and COO William F. Compton chief executive, replacing Gerald L. Gitner, who will continue as chairman.

Ventas

(VTR) - Get Report

said it hired

Merrill Lynch

as an adviser to explore alternatives for paying off its $275 million term loan. The alternatives include a sale of certain assets, a private equity placement, refinancing of the principal through conventional and/or commercial mortgage-backed securities, and drawing on its existing credit facility.