It's a Friday ahead of a holiday, so traders were few and volume was thin in after-hours trading on Island and Instinet. Still, some diehards were getting in some action before the three-day weekend.
Just take a look at
, which was keeping its regular-trading session rally going on anticipation that Tuesday the company will announce a new wireless venture. On Island, the stock was lately up $1.44 to $40.50, while on Instinet its gains were a little less, up $1.39 to $40.45. At the closing bell, BroadVision was up $4.56, or 13.2%, to $39.06.
Earlier this week, the company announced that it was entering into an alliance with India-based software services firm
. The venture will build e-business applications.
Instinet action had
as its most active stock, but it was down 6 cents to $35.06 after gaining $5.06 to $35.13 in regular trading hours. The stock got a boost after it increased revenue estimates for the entire year.
Also on Instinet, the biggest loser was
which warned that it expected a third-quarter loss and lower revenue for the same quarter. The seven-analyst estimate predicted earnings of 4 cents a share. The company was down $1.64, or about 20%, to $6.73 on 3,300 shares.
On the other end of the spectrum was
which was up $2.03, or 61%, to $5.38. No news here, just light volume (only 500 shares).
was a little out of tune. It was lately the object of profit-taking, down $1.60, or 16%, to $8.40 on Island. Instinet traders were a bit kinder, only cutting the stock by $1.06 to $8.44. It ended today's regular session up a whopping $4.34, or 84%, to $9.50.
Yesterday, the stock was the after-hours darling after the
Food and Drug Administration
approved Symphonix's surgically implanted hearing device for adults with moderate to severe hearing loss. The stock swelled to a melodious $6.75 from its closing price of $5.16.
Investors were liking the news that
BEI Medical Systems
will feature one of its devices at the
16th FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics
The product, called the Hydro ThermAblator, is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical method for treating excessive uterine bleeding. The stock was lately up 16 cents to $1.91. It ended the regular session up 69 cents, or 65%, to $1.75.
made an announcement after the closing bell that it beat analysts' estimates. Today, it was still getting some action, albeit not of the positive kind. On Island, the stock was lately sliding 81 cents to $47.44 after gaining $7.50, or 18.4%, to $48.25 in regular trading hours.
? We do. Just last night,
featured the hardware and software manufacturer in
this column, because it was the largest gainer on
in extended trading.
In fact, Immersion did gain $12.13, or 70.8%, to $29.25 in the after-hours session, with only 800 shares changing hands on Instinet. Today, the company closed up 2.2% to $17.50 in regular trading. Clearly, someone got duped into paying a hugely inflated price for the stock in nighttime trading. And, apparently, he or she was burned. For the novice after-hours investor, this story serves as a cautionary tale.
In a similar vein, look at
, which was getting lots of action lately on no news. Thin volume and a couple of impish traders were pushing the stock up what would be an impressive 50%, but the stock trades under $1. Any kind of action will make it move big. It finished the regular trading session up 3 cents, or 7.7%, to 44 cents.
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explains how the rules change when the sun goes down in Investing Basics: Night Owl, a section devoted to after-hours trading.