The Night Watch: JDS Uniphase Casts a Bright After-Hours Light - TheStreet

(Updated from 7:31 p.m. EDT)

The after-hours market found a guiding light this evening in optical component maker

JDS Uniphase

(JDSU)

, up $8.19, or 11%, to $82.63 on

Island

ECN and ahead $7.94, or 10.7%, to $82.38 on

Instinet

. JDS was both platforms' most-active stock.

In postclose action, JDS posted pro forma first-quarter earnings of 18 cents a share, above the

First Call/Thomson Financial

estimate of a 16-cent profit and more than double the year-ago 8-cent result. First-quarter revenue jumped 23% from fourth-quarter levels and 171% from a year ago, to $786.5 million for the period.

In a conference call with analysts this evening, JDS Uniphase raised its targets for its second quarter and fiscal 2001, citing strong sales across its product line to a growing number of customers. That move really got the after-hours crowd going, after initially tentative postclose activity.

During the regular session, JDS was off for much of the day but then rallied ahead of its eagerly anticipated earnings announcement. On the heels of

Nortel Networks'

(NT)

disappointing revenue results Tuesday night, networking and optical equipment stocks suffered a major selloff yesterday. Indeed, JDS dropped 25% on Wednesday.

As

TheStreet.com

reported in a separate

story , JDS Uniphase's strong results suggest that it has shaken off latest-period troubles at its customer

Lucent Technologies

(LU)

, which accounted for 22% of JDS's business in recent quarters. Lucent had a troubled week: Along with posting an earnings shortfall, it dismissed CEO Rich McGinn.

TheStreet.com

reported this news in a

separate story.

On the back of JDS's impressive results, the company's acquisition target

SDL

(SDLI)

was up $27.44, or 11.4%, to $268 on Island. Similarly, optical components manufacturer

Ciena

(CIEN) - Get Report

popped $7, or 6.8%, to $110 on Island and Instinet. And fiber-optic equipment supplier

Sycamore Networks

(SCMR)

advanced $4.63, or 7.2%, to $68.88 on Island.

On the downside tonight, shares of biotechnology giant

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

dropped $8.56, or 12.4%, to $60.44 on Island and fell $9, or 13.1%, to $59.50 on Instinet, on the back of its third-quarter earnings release. The company posted a profit of 33-cents per share, outpacing the 28-cent analyst estimate and above the year-ago 28-cent result. At the same time, though, Amgen lowered this year's sales projections for its lead drugs, Epogen and Neupogen.

Shares of

Inktomi

(INKT)

, which provides Internet search and traffic management technology, dropped $8.02, or 9.7%, to $74.98 on Instinet, in reaction to a profit warning. The company, which posted a fourth-quarter pro forma profit of 7 cents, beating Wall Street's forecast of a 5-cent result, reported that an upcoming acquisition will be a drag on earnings during the first part of fiscal 2001.

Overall, the late-day and evening gains in technology issues were striking, considering earlier events today and this week. With 90 minutes left in the trading day, the

Nasdaq Composite Index was down some 140 points, but ultimately mustered up a 184-point gain to end the day up 42.6 points to 3272.1. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average, helped along by its technology components,ended up 53.64 to 10380.12.

Wondering how the market will open tomorrow? At last look, the

S&P 500 futures on

Globex

were up .77 to 1379, about five points above

fair value as calculated by

Prudential Securities

, and indicating a bit of positive sentiment for tomorrow's open. The thinly traded

Nasdaq 100

futures were ahead 36.5 to 3264, about 68 points above fair value as calculated by

TheStreet.com

, and showing upward pressure for the Nasdaq's start on Friday.

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TheStreet.com

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