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Monday, Sept. 20, 1999

<B>After-Hours Trading:</B> ConnectInc.com, PurchasePro.com and Corel stayed in lead on Island ECN session, while Bed Bath & Beyond topped the MarketXT session.
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Island ECN offers trading, mainly in Nasdaq-listed stocks, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. Prior to Sept. 15, Island offered trading from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT

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Last Trades on Island ECN

BBBY: 29 9/16 at 6:40 p.m. EDT.

MUEI: 13 3/8 at 3:59 p.m. EDT.

ALTR: 52 31/32 at 5:06 p.m. EDT.

MarketXT, formerly Eclipse Trading, offers after-hours trading to retail clients of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter'sundefinedDiscover Brokerage and Mellon Bank'sundefinedDreyfus Brokerage Services. Clients can trade 200 of the most actively traded New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market issues, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Thursday.

TheStreet.com

updates Island's and MarketXT's 10 most active issues in Got a Minute? and in the Evening Update.

TSC

also reports how MarketXT's three most active Nasdaq-listed issues finished the Island session

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John J. Edwards III

Day Session Report

The major U.S. stock indices rallied in late-day trading to close in positive territory. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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rose 20.27 to 10,823.90, while the

Nasdaq Composite Index

climbed 16.5 to 2886.10.

The big European indices finished the day's trading higher, with France's

CAC

up 36.17 at 4680.49, Germany's

Dax

up 48.04 at 5351.98 and London's

FTSE

closing up 16.70 at 6056.50.

In Asia, Japan's

Nikkei

showed sizable gains, finishing the trading session up 232.99 at 17,575.26, while Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

closed down 12.47 at 13,472.37.

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Carlisle

(CSL)

said its $600 million purchase of

Titan

(TWI)

was halted after the deal's letter of intent expired Sept. 18. The companies said that they would continue negotiations to try to reach a definitive agreement.

CMGI

(CMGI)

said it plans to pay $500 million in stock to acquire online advertising network

AdForce

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. The transaction calls for CMGI to issue .262 of a share for every share of AdForce held on upon completion of the deal.

Computer Sciences

(CSC)

announced its plans to acquire

Nichols Research

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in a deal valued at $391 million in stock.

Hewlett-Packard

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announced its plans to sell

Oracle's

(ORCL)

customer relationship management software. H-P CEO Carly Fiorina and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison will formally announce the deal during a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., tomorrow morning.

Jefferson-Pilot

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said it has forged a deal worth about $296 million to purchase life and health insurance provider

Guarantee Life

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. The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-December, calls for Jefferson-Pilot to pay $32 a share for Guarantee Life, half in stock and half in cash. Jefferson-Pilot would also take on about $115 million of Guarantee's debt.

Lucent

(LU)

said the U.S. antitrust waiting period for its planned $4.05 billion acquisition of

International Network Services

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had expired. On Aug. 10, Lucent unveiled plans to buy the company to boost blend voice and data network capability. The companies said the deal was still pending regulatory approval in Germany.

Microsoft

(MSFT)

and

Ford

(F)

are expected to forge a joint business that would allow Ford to make cars in answer to online orders, while giving Microsoft another industry partner in its Internet endeavors,

The Wall Street Journal

reported.

Separately, Microsoft,

Excite@Home

(ATHM)

and

Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch

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announced their newly formed online-auction network,

FairMarket

, which will compete with the No. 1 online-auction site

eBay

(EBAY)

. FairMarket said the network could connect with more than 46 million visitors, or 73.3% of all Internet users.

Lycos

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,

Xoom.com

undefined

,

ZDNet

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and

Dell

(DELL)

are all part of the new venture.

Nokia

(NOK)

said it would forge a deal with

Hewlett-Packard

undefined

to create mobile Internet solutions using the

Wireless Application Protocol

. According to a statement, the union would give customers access to e-services over the Internet via Nokia media phones.

Ogden

(OG)

announced plans to sell its entertainment and aviation divisions as an alternative to a spinoff, the

Journal

reported.

PSINet

(PSIX)

announced its acquisition of four Internet service providers, including Brazil's

ServNet Servicos de Informatica e Communicacao

, Hong Kong-based

Vision Network

and Spain's

Infase Comubicaciones

and

Ciberia Internet

.

Sonera

said it has authorized

VoiceStream's

(VSTR)

proposed merger with

Aerial

(AERL)

, in which Sonera has a major interest. The deal, which is valued at about $1.8 billion, calls for Voicestream to swap 0.455 share of its common stock for each share of Aerial common and Series A common.

Suez-Lyonnaise

energy division

ELYO

said it has made a $22 a share, or about $129 million bid for the remaining interest of its majority-owned unit

Trigen Energy

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. Trigen said it is considering the offer.

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

A.G. Edwards

(AGE)

posted second-quarter earnings of 86 cents a share, beating both the two-analyst estimate of 81 cents and the year-ago 75 cents.

Consol Energy

(CNX)

warned investors that it would post third-quarter earnings between 12 cents to 18 cents, greatly missing the single-analyst estimate of 51 cents. The company blamed low coal prices for the lower-than-expected earnings.

Dole Food

(DOL)

warned investors that it would post third-quarter break-even results or a possible loss, missing the four-analyst estimate of 13 cents a share. Dole cited low banana prices and ongoing recovery costs from last year's Hurricane Mitch in Central America as the culprit for the weak results.

Offerings and stock actions

Best Buy

(BBY)

has set a stock buyback plan worth $200 million. The retailer said it finished a $100 million repurchasing plan last October and now has roughly 205 million outstanding shares.

iGo

announced plans for a 5 million-share initial public offering set to price in an estimated range of $9 to $11.

BancBoston Robertson Stephens

,

Hambrecht & Quist

and

Thomas Weisel

are serving as underwriters for the deal.

USFreightways

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said it can not explain why its share price was falling during today's trading session. Spokesperson Kenneth Ball said that there is not any news that contributed to the decline. USFreightways finished the session off 2 1/2, or 5.4%, to 43 5/16.

Analyst actions

Salomon Smith Barney

raised its rating on

American Home Products

(AHP)

to outperform from neutral.

Credit Suisse First Boston

upgraded

Duke Energy

(DUK)

to buy from hold.

Dain Rauscher Wessels

started coverage of

Harley-Davidson

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with a buy-aggressive rating and a price target of 63.

CSFB upped its rating on

MedQuist

(MEDQ)

to a strong buy from a buy.

Salomon Smith Barney

upped its fiscal 1999 and year 2000 estimates on oil to average $18.50 a barrel from $17.75 a barrel and $19 from $18 a barrel respectively. The revision comes one week before

OPEC

ministers assemble in Vienna.

Friedman Billings Ramsey

upped its rating on

Providian Financial

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to a buy from accumulate.

Lehman Brothers

upgraded

Razorfish

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to buy from outperform.

CIBC World Markets

(RNWK)

initiated coverage of

RealNetworks

(RNWK)

with a buy rating and set a price target of 120.

J.P. Morgan

cut its rating on

Regions Financial

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to market performer from buy.

Lehman Brothers rolled out coverage of

Robert Mondavi

(MOND)

with a buy rating.

Lehman Brothers raised it rating on

Sapient

(SAPE)

to outperform from neutral.

Lehman Brothers upped

Silicon Valley Group's

(SVGI)

fourth-quarter estimates to a 1-cent loss from a 7-cent loss.

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

analyst Robby Ohmes sliced his first-quarter estimates on

Starbucks

(SBUX)

to 16 cents from 18 cents a share and raised third-quarter EPS numbers by 1 cent to 17 cents a share.

Lehman Brothers raised it price target on

Teradyne

(TER)

to 50 from 42.50.

CSFB upped its fiscal 2000 EPS estimate for

UnitedHealth Group

(UNH)

to $3.55 from $3.00.

Morgan Stanley rolled out coverage of

U.S. West

(USW)

with an outperform rating and set a price target of 69.

Miscellany

Aero

(AERS)

said that it has tapped Charles Loux as its new president and CEO. Loux will replace Leon Ring who plans on retiring on Oct. 1.

Asarco

(AR)

said it has initiated legal proceedings against

Phelps Dodge

(PD)

, alleging that Phelps' $2.5 billion unsolicited offer for Asarco and

Cyprus Amax

(CYM)

infringes on U.S. antitrust laws. Asarco claims that Phelps' bid hindered its planned merger with Cyprus, which now carries an estimated value of $1.5 billion in stock. Phelps Dodge said it would "vigorously contest" Asarco's legal actions and it is confident that it will receive regulatory approval for the three-way merger.

The

New York Stock Exchange

said

BFGoodrich

(GR)

would not explain its shares' 15% price decline on heavy volume. Today, the stock closed down 5 7/8, or 15%, to 31.

United Auto Workers

union said that a new, four-year contract would mean more than $29,300 in economic gains for a U.S.

DaimlerChrysler

(DCX)

AG assembler. The union said that DaimlerChrysler inked a new plant-closing memorandum letter, vowing not to shut down or spin off any of its facilities. In addition, the agreement calls for a 3% base wage increase for all hourly workers in each of the contract's four years and $1,350 up-front payment.

IBM

(IBM)

said as of Oct. 1, computer services executive Sam Palmisano would replace retiring

IBM Server Group

head Robert Stephenson.

Quaker Oats

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said it would likely slash its workforce by 10% and shut down facilities in an effort to boost North American operations. The cereal maker said it would assume a series of pretax charges from $225 million to $250 million for the restructuring changes.

Wal-Mart

(WMT)

unveiled plans to launch 10 trial

Computer Doctor

centers in its stores to service computers and install software, the

Journal

reported.

Uniholding

(UHLD)

said that Nasdaq has delisted its shares after it failed to issue its annual financial report on time. The company said that its stock would trade on the pink sheets until it issues the report later this week.