The Night Watch: 3Com Rises on Fourth-Quarter Results - TheStreet

(Updated from 7:28 p.m. EDT)

Computer networking equipment maker

3Com

(COMS)

gained after hours on fourth-quarter financial results that matched analyst expectations, thanks to a smooth path in its ongoing restructuring, to be completed by the end of its first fiscal quarter.

The company posted a loss of $146.8 million, or 42 cents a share, compared with year-ago net income of $87.5 million, or 24 cents. Sales fell to $763.7 million from $1.24 billion, but the fourth-quarter figure was higher than 3Com's internal estimates of $675 million to $750 million, the company said.

The loss seemed to match the

First Call/Thomson Financial

expectation, but

CNBC

reported that First Call is "scrutinizing" the numbers.

The restructuring is 3Com's effort to shed unprofitable businesses after its past struggles to keep up with the much larger

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

and other rivals. It is closing its networking gear division and its analog modem business.

Recently 3Com spun off its

Palm

(PALM)

handheld computer unit and is currently focusing on home networking, high-speed modems, wireless Internet telephony and networking for small businesses.

Earlier today the company announced plans to buy Internet radio startup

Kerbango

for $80 million in cash and finished the day session 3%, or 1 11/16, lower. After the close it gained 5/16 of that back on

Island

, rising to 49 1/8 on 131,000 shares, and popped 53/64 to 49 33/64 on

Instinet

.

Tonight

Conexant Systems

(CNXT) - Get Report

said it will acquire privately held

HotRail

.

Jiggawhat?

Gigabit.

HotRail is involved in a business so muddled in technological jargon that it makes about as much sense as rap lyrics do to my grandmother. For the peeps not down with today's semiconductor lingo, lets just say that HotRail's multigigabit transceivers will help bump Conexant into the next generation of Internet infrastructure technology.

After the announcement Conexant fell 3 1/4 to 47 1/2 on 23,000 Island shares.

You saw it here last night.

Harmonic

(HLIT) - Get Report

got hammered, losing almost a third of its value after it

warned that second-quarter earnings will fall short of analyst forecasts. Today it lost a further 42%. Late-night lurkers put a Band-Aid on the communications equipment provider's ouchie. The bleeding stopped and shares recovered 35/64 to 23 55/64.

Water ... water ... everywhere.

Western Water

(WWTR)

was perched on top of Island ECN and a few of the sharks were biting. The water rights company was 1/8 higher to 9/16 after rising more than 16% today.

The California-based company, which develops, sells and leases water rights in the Western U.S., garnered a lot of interest on little news. An article today on

IndividualInvestor.com

noted that the rapid growth of desert states such as Arizona and Nevada has prompted one fund manager to buy Western Water stock. Aside from that brief mention the company's news well was dry.

Water ... water ...

Wherever.net

(WNET)

.

Traders said "Whatever!" to telecommunications company Wherever.net. After initial gains, night owls began to dump the stock.

Today shares were lifted more than 10% after this morning's announcement that the telephony service provider will it received a $10 million investment from

Pacific Electric Wire Cable Group

, a Taiwanese telecommunications group. Profit-taking sent the company 5/32 lower to 3 3/32 on 76,000 Island shares.

Advanced Fibre Communications

(AFCI)

fell 8 1/4, or 16%, today. But while the stock was slowly edging south all day, the decline was precipitous in the last hour of trading. Since there was no bad news to drive the drop traders picked up some shares at night in expectation of tomorrow's recovery.

The California-based telecommunications company recovered 1 7/8 to 45 on 184,000 Instinet shares.

Anyone who buys a wireless Palm handheld will be able to access

Juno Online Services'

(JWEB)

Web access from anywhere within Palm's coverage area, the Internet service provider announced tonight.

Juno recently introduced its mobile Internet service. The company popped 1 5/16 to 10 15/16 on the late-night news.

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