(Updated from 7:24 p.m. EDT)
Week Two of earnings season opened with a flurry of activity in the after-hours market.
Stealing tonight's headlines was telecommunications company
( LU), which announced earlier today that its board had ousted its chairman and chief executive and had brought back his predecessor as an interim replacement. After the closing bell, the company posted fourth-quarter financial results.
Lucent reported a 22% decrease in revenue growth, which did not come as much of a surprise to Wall Street. Back on Oct. 10, the telecom company warned investors that fourth-quarter earnings would fall well short of analysts' expectations. This evening, Lucent posted earnings of 18 cents a share, down from last year's 24-cent result but a penny above Wall Street's reduced target.
The telecommunications equipment manufacturer warned this morning that it expects its revenues from continuing operations to fall 7% in its first fiscal quarter and those operations to break even. Analysts had expected Lucent to earn 23 cents a share before charges in the first quarter. (
wrote about Lucent's news in a separate
Shares of Lucent, which finished the day down 2.49%, climbed 94 cents, or 4.2%, to $23 on
. The company's stock is now way off its 52-week high of $84.19, reached last December.
A positive earnings report from
( RPTR) sent its shares up 88 cents, or 0.8%, to $116.50 on Instinet and higher $2.13, or 1.84%, to $117.75 on
ECN. The provider of electronic manufacturing services reported earnings of 64 cents a share, topping the 49-cent analyst estimate and the year-ago 32-cent earnings. Sanmina posted revenue of $1.27 billion, a whopping increase from last year's $664.3 million.
Adding to what has sometimes felt like a veritable deluge of preannouncements this season,
( FMKT) warned tonight that second- and third-quarter sales may be lower due to lower-than-expected demand. As a result, shares of the chip maker tanked $12.94, or 35%, to $24 on Instinet. (
discussed National Semiconductor's warning in another
( FMKT) stock added 53 cents, or 1.1%, to $50.50 on Instinet and popped $1.66, or 3.31%, to $51.63 on Island. After the bell, the online business-to-business auctioneer reported a loss that was narrower than analysts had expected for the third quarter. Additionally, FreeMarkets said that it would break even two quarters ahead of schedule. (
talked about Freemarket's results in a separate
Also attracting investor attention was DSL stock
( COVD), which gained 31 cents, or 4.35%, to $7.37 on Island.
( RPTR) stabilized somewhat in after-hours trading, following a daytime free fall that sent the stock plummeting more than 60%. (On Friday, the wireless communications company said that it expects to record lower-than-expected revenue for the second quarter, because of a delay in receiving customer acceptances.) Tonight, the stock gained 13 cents, or 2.99%, to $4.31 on Island.
, another DSL provider, increased $3.31, or 3.67%, to $93.69 in twilight action on Island and rose $3.20, or 3.5%, to $93.58, after announcing third-quarter pro forma results that surpassed Wall Street's expectations. After the close, the company listed an 18-cent profit that beat the 11-cent analyst estimate.
stock, which sweetened 8.6% today, fell 44 cents, or 0.9%, to $49.50 in after-hours trading on Instinet. On Sunday,
agreed to acquire
for about $45 billion in stock.
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