(Updated from 7:22 p.m. EDT)
How much would you pay for a Quokka?
is willing to pay up to $141 million. Those are some expensive vowels, even for
Wheel of Fortune
Online sports network
catapulted 40% tonight on news that NBC has a warrant to buy up to 10 million shares at prices ranging from $8.89 to $20 a share over the next three and a half years. Under the agreement, NBC could also appoint a member to Quokka's board.
The two companies have been working together on the
Web site and said they plan to collaborate on other Internet productions in the future, reported
. QKKA rose 2.74 to 9.49 on 210,000
The word of the night is rock.
Often, in the rough-and-tumble world of markets, stocks tend to rise like rock stars by day yet fall like rocks at night. This was the case with two of today's top Nasdaq percentage gainers,
Nasdaq daylight darling Crossroads was knocked 43 cents, or 4%, lower to 10.56 after exhausting the buying momentum based on news that the storage router firm will be the first to demonstrate server-free backup capabilities using its InfiniBand technology.
Translation: InfiniBand is a next-generation, standards-based switch interconnect technology designed to boost data transfers.
Real translation: This is good. Crossroads makes things go faster. It makes storing stuff like data easier. People like that. In fact, they lifted the stock more than 40% today.
Evoke rallied a further 45% today on top of Monday's 40% after analysts from
Salomon Smith Barney
initiated coverage with buy ratings. Today,
Thomas Weisel Partners
CIBC World Markets
kicked it up a notch by initiating coverage with a strong buy and a price target of 18. Tonight it receded 62 cents, or 6%, to 9.68.
was up 2.81, or 6%, to 48.87 after reporting a better-than-expected fourth-quarter loss.
But then again, the California-based company should be good with numbers, as it makes personal finance and tax-preparation software. The actual loss was 4 cents a share, beating Wall Street estimates of a 9-cent loss and halving last year's loss of 8 cents. Profits for the year rose 35%. Quarterly sales for the company tend to fluctuate based on tax season.
was today's Nasdaq superstar, gaining 99% on news that
chose the high-speed Internet access firm to be a bandwidth provider to IBM's small customers. DSL.net's service will become part of IBM's monthly subscription service, WebConnections. It continued to spike after hours, rising 1.28, or 20%, to 7.50.
Yesterday e-business software maker
struck pay dirt on a distribution deal with IBM. These alliances are a result of IBM's push to partner with top software and technology companies. Expect more.
sprang 1.40 cents, or 17%, to 9.28 tonight after announcing that it might repurchase of up to 2 million shares of its common stock in the open market or through privately transactions.
Stock buybacks are generally good news for a company, as they imply confidence. Remember, investors love companies that love themselves!
burst on the late night scene with dramatic midsession losses based on the Internet traffic management company's warning that third-quarter revenues would be half of previous analyst projections of $30 million. The wider losses were blamed on the acquisition of privately held
. The company said it expected a third quarter loss "substantially greater'' than the 3 cents a share loss predicted earlier and added that fourth-quarter results will be roughly the same as third quarter. Visual Networks lost 4.52, or 37%, to 6.76.
Telecommunications services provider
popped 31 cents, or 5%, to 6.18 after the postbell announcement that director Carl Vogel will replace J. Shelby Bryan as chairman and chief executive.
is not an illusion! It is a voice application services provider to leading telecommunications and Internet companies. And it wasn't smoke and mirrors that spurred the company's daytime levitation of more than 30%, it was a initiation by
Dain Rauscher Wessels
and affiliation with voice Web application service provider
. General Magic has been selected as a member of Nuance's new Voice Web ASP Program. General Magic will use Nuance software to help e-businesses build and run voice-enabled applications that can be used by more than 1.5 billion telephones customers worldwide. GMGC was unchanged tonight at 7.125.
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