The Night Watch: Earnings Warnings Abound in After-Hours Action -- and Stocks Paying the Piper

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(Updated from 7:43 p.m. EDT)


Bill Clinton and


Nasdaq stocks were today's comeback kids.

But while components of the tech-laden index saw big price movements during the regular trading day -- the Nasdaq closed 84.29 points higher -- activity among large-tech issues quieted in tonight's extended session.

Technology stocks have given back a small portion of their daytime gains. On


ECN, shares of big gainers --


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Crossroad Systems


, and

Covad Communications


-- all closed slightly lower.

Tonight's three biggest losers on


were, not surprisingly, the companies that issued profit warnings after the market's close.



, a manufacturer of automotive and spacecraft systems, announced that it expects third quarter earnings to be below Wall Street estimates of $1.05 a share. The company attributes the shortfall to the weakening of foreign currencies and production cutbacks announced by


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TRW dropped $5.25, or 11.6%, to $40.




, a manufacturer of semiconductor devices, stated that it expects to report a first-quarter loss of 23 to 27 cents a share. Analysts had expected the company to earn 12 cents a share.

Shares of SpeedFam lost $5.25, or 32.7%, to $10.81.




, a manufacturer of data storage devices, announced that it expects second-quarter sales to fall 15% to 25% below analysts' forecasts of $9 million, due to slow market acceptance of its new line of network switches.

Gadzoox lowered $2.31, or 22.4%, to $8.

Meantime, shares of



, which boosted $2.75, or 35.2%, to $10.56 in the regular session, saw a little profit-taking in nighttime trading. The company, which manufactures storage device equipment, topped both Island ECN's and Instinet's lists of active stocks. Read-Rite ended 25 cents lower to $10.31 on Island, and fell 44 cents to $10.12 on Instinet.

Wednesday night, the company announced that it has built a new fiber-optics company,

Scion Photonics

, with $25 million in funding from

Tyco Ventures


Integral Capital Partners

. Read-Rite also said that it was in talks with in discussions with interested groups for more technology and capital investments.

Meantime, shares of



-- which closed the regular session down $5.13, or 4.57% -- recovered ground in twilight trading. The Internet bellwether closed up $1.31 to $108.25 on Island ECN. The stock gained $1.06 to $108 on Instinet.

This morning,

Lehman Brothers

analyst Holly Becker said that she maintains her cautious outlook on Yahoo!, but is confident that near-term results are not at risk.

About a week and a half ago, Becker raised concerns about the flagging market for online advertising. On Aug. 28, Lehman Brothers analyst Holly Becker said that it was only a matter of time before the slowdown in dot-com spending would affect Yahoo!'s results. Additionally, an article in last Friday's

Wall Street Journal

echoed Becker's worries that the tech bellwether will suffer from a slowdown in online advertising.


Merrill Lynch's

bullish Internet analyst,

Henry Blodget, cautioned investors that he expects more third-quarter earnings warnings from online advertising agencies. Blodget, however, said that

America Online








will likely meet or modestly beat expectations.

In its quest to build a profitable business,



today announced that it has purchased some of rival's


operations. The online grocer, also said that it will pull out of the Texas and Ohio markets. (


covered Peapod's

latest news in a separate story.)

Peapod's announcement encouraged investors, who sent its stock up 19 cents, or 9.4%, to close today's session at $2.19. In after hours trading on Island, the stock lowered 14 cents to $2.05.

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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.