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The battle of the pennies was being waged under the glow of the waning sun as

Commerce One


tried to live up to the spectacular performance of its arch-competitor,



, after it blew away the Street's revenue

expectations by 101% last week.

It was a tough act to follow for the business-to-business software maker, which fell 8.125, or 12%, to 58.4375 on 526,000


shares despite posting revenue of $62.7 million, higher than the $47 million-to-$50 million consensus range. Commerce One's loss per share was 10 cents, or 3 cents narrower than the 13-cent loss expected. Just like the smartest kid in school, Ariba threw the curve off for everyone else, but not before giving an overall boost to stocks in the B2B sector last week. Tonight, however, Ariba was just a big bummer.


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told the truth and nothing but the truth. Unfortunately, no one could handle the truth.

The storage management software company beat second-quarter consensus estimates of 12 cents a share by a penny, posting a net income of $57.2 million vs. $29.3 million last year. The company lost 6% today in front of the financial results that failed to stem the stock's downward slide. It lost a punishing 17.5625, or 13.7%, to 110 on 771,000 Island shares.

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Apparently the numbers were plumped up by a revenue transfusion from the acquisition of disk drive maker

Seagate Technology


, according to


. The number might have fallen short of estimates it if weren't for Seagate. Today marked the California-based company's first down day since July 3. Seagate traded down 8.25, or 13%, to 52.50 on Instinet.

Last Friday the company announced that it will bundle its storage program for


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Windows-based platform to provide space-management solutions for additional mailbox space. (For more on Microsoft, see below.)



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fried up some

second-quarter earnings that beat estimates by a penny at 50 cents a diluted share after the recent 2-for-1 stock split. The initial reactions were muted, but grew greener as company officers sweet-talked investors during the 5:30 p.m. EDT conference call. Intel guided that both margins and revenue will be higher next quarter. A green spot in the rash of redness, the company gained 2.5 to 145.5 on 160,000 Island shares.

Some apples are green and some are red. Tonight investors took a bite out of


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after the PC maker topped third-quarter expectations by a penny, posting 45 cents a share and reporting higher sales yet declining profits. The company earned 60 cents a share last year. Disappointing iMac sales were cited. The company fell 2.6 to 54.65.

After being picked on by the

Justice Department

, Microsoft finally felt some love after reporting fourth-quarter earnings of 44 cents a share and beating analyst expectations by 2 cents. Revenues for the quarter rose to $5.8 billion from $5.76 billion last year. Though the company beat earnings per share estimates, revenue was in line with forecasts. The company showed significant growth and revenue promise in its MSN Internet product. MSN offers among other things, the popular


Web site. It also promised healthy investment gains. But love is fickle. (Especially when you look like

Bill Gates). After initial gains of 1 during the conference call the company headed south, falling 0.50 to 78.50.

joint newsroom covered the Microsoft results in a

story this evening.

Incyte Genomics

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excited investors with a 2-for-1 stock split and a net loss of 21 cents a share vs. 26 cents last year, while consensus estimates called for a loss of 39 cents per shares. The genomics company surged 7.1406 to 101.875.



second quarter was better than expected but not worthy of a

double take. The Internet advertising agency posted a loss of 3 cents a share, compared with 4 cents a year earlier. Analysts polled by

First Call/Thomson Financial

saw a loss of 5 cents.

Despite a thinning business in the Internet advertising market, the couple of pennies did little to save DoubleClick from the bloodletting that most companies met after hours.


reported that growth in DoubleClick's next two quarters could be slower than expected. But with a loss of just 1.4375, or 4%, to 34.5625, the company's performance was a paper cut among the wounded big-caps.

Licensing revenue from its high-speed semiconductor memory chip sent


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to a 52-week high of 135 June 22. That episode of euphoria and promise of future licensing revenue may have raised the hopes of investors who decided to dump shares both before and after the company met third-quarter consensus estimates of 4 cents a share, up from 2 cents the year before. The tech company lost 6% by day and fell 6.875, or 6.8%, by night to 95 on 222,000 Island shares.

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