The Night Watch: WorldCom Gains Back Some After Hours; American Champion's a Champ - TheStreet

Updated from 7:44 p.m. EDT

Back from the Labor Day holiday weekend and ready to burn the midnight oil, investors have gone after a grab bag of stocks in tonight's extended-hours session. And though trading was heavy in technology issues, the evening hours brought little relief to

Nasdaq stocks.

Market participants, who punished

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

and the entire tech sector along with it during the day session, were not forgiving of the chipmaker during extended hours.

Today

US Bancorp Piper Jaffrey

analyst Ashok Kumar lowered his rating on Intel to buy from strong buy due to "unexpected demand weakness." According to Kumar, Intel's oversupply "sets the groundwork for a malignant pricing environment." Kumar maintained his 2000 estimate at $1.57 a share.

With 31,594 shares changing hands on

Island

, the tech bellwether fell 6 cents to $69.19. On

Instinet

, Intel remained unchanged at $69.25, with trading volume at 171,712. The chip giant closed the regular session down 6.3%.

WorldCom

(WCOM)

, which also helped take technology stocks down today, gained back 50 cents to $34.25 on

Instinet

tonight. WorldCom closed the regular session down 8.6%.

Today, the communications company announced that it would buy local-phone company

Intermedia Communications

(ICIX)

in a $3 billion stock deal. WorldCom also said that it would assume $6 billion in Intermedia debt. According to the agreement, each Intermedia share will be exchanged for $39 in WorldCom stock.

As a result of the deal, WorldCom expects weaker cash earnings -- which translates into a big "uh oh" to investors. Under the company's worst-case forecast, cash earnings would be cut by about 13%.

Most active on the Island ECN tonight were shares of

American Champion Entertainment

(ACEI)

. While American Champion -- which produces the children's TV show

Adventures with Kanga Roddy

-- did not release any news today, the company has made a series of announcements over the past month.

Last week, American Champion Entertainment announced that

21 e-sports

, of which it agreed to acquire a 50.1% stake, posted 1999 revenue above the amount put forth in American Champion's July 26 press release. Additionally, the company announced on August 29 that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire

Frederiksen Group

and its affiliate

Television Ventures

for $15 million in stock and cash.

Not exactly front-page headlines, American Champion's news was apparently enough to muster interest in its stock. With 501,817 shares trading, American Champion boosted 13 cents to $1.14.

Also in the late-night limelight were an assortment of software companies.

On

Island

, close to 150,000 shares of

Corel

(CORL)

, a manufacturer of a wide range of software products, changed hands. In extended-hours trading, the company -- which today announced that it is going to partner with

PC Tel

(PCTI) - Get Report

to market the first

Linux

-compatible software modem -- boosted 59 cents to $4.44.

Shares of

Fusion Networks

(FUSN)

, a provider of Internet market software, got a bump up in extended trading on Island. Today, the company reported second-quarter earnings results. Fusion Networks edged up 12 cents to $1.21.

Finally, shares of

Zany Brainy

(ZANY)

saw movement tonight on Island. With 45,413 shares changing hands, the stock gained 47 cents to $2.75. Today, the toy and game retailer posted second quarter losses, excluding charges, of 23 cents share, ahead of the three-analyst prediction of a 35-cent loss.

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