Thursday: Earnings Abound

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By Andrew Morse
Staff Reporter

Fashion commentary aside, it was one dull day. When traders weren't worrying about the

Federal Reserve

-- and whether it would raise rates again -- they kept an eye on earnings. That's mostly what we found when scrolling through the wires at the end of the day. Here's the abridged version:

Western Digital

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reported third-quarter earnings of $1.76 per share, up from 42 cents a year earlier.

Dallas Semiconductor

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reported first-quarter earnings of 50 cents per share, up from 36 cents a year earlier.

Vitesse Semiconductor

(VTSS)

reported second-quarter earnings of 20 cents per share, up from 9 cents a year earlier.

C-Cube Microsystems

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reported first-quarter earnings of 41 cents a share, up from 38 cents a year earlier.

Biogen

(BGEN)

says first-quarter earnings came in at 22 cents -- in line with expectations -- as compared with last year's nickel loss.

Boston Scientific

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reported that first-quarter sales rose to $399 million, up from $322 million.

In nonearnings news,

UAL's

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United Airlines

says its pilots' union approved the company's wage agreement.

The

New Hampshire State House

hiked taxes on cigarettes -- by 20 cents -- and other tobacco products. State motto: Live Free or Die.

Fed Governor Susan Phillips says periodic evaluation of stock-market circuit breakers is valuable.

Retailer

Loehmann's

(LOEH)

sees lower first-quarter sales.

Delgratia Mining

(DELGF)

says it will use outside consultants to evaluate its Nevada project. The announcement was in compliance with a

Nasdaq Stock Market

request.