Shares of WPCS International ( WPCS) were among technology's losers Monday, falling 13% after the company swung to a fourth-quarter loss. The wireless engineering services company reported a loss of $295,603, or 8 cents a share, on sales of $11.1 million. A year ago, the company earned $310,140, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $8.2 million. For all of fiscal 2005, the company reported a loss of $85,282, or 3 cents a share, on sales of $40.1 million. During fiscal 2004 the company reported a loss of $124,187, or 8 cents a share, on sales of $22.1 million. "Although our net loss improved over the prior fiscal year, management is not satisfied with these results. WPCS managed over 800 projects in FY2005 and if it were not for an increase in costs of $1.2 million in five specific projects we would have had a much better earnings year," the company said. Looking ahead, WPCS International reaffirmed its fiscal 2006 earnings guidance of $2.4 million, or 58 cents a share, on sales of $48 million. Shares were trading down $1 to $6.48. Nam Tai Electronics ( NTE) rose 6% after the company posted second-quarter results that were better than expected. The maker of electronic components reported earnings of $6 million, or 14 cents a share, on sales of $185.3 million. Excluding items, however, the company would have earned $11.9 million, or 28 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were expecting earnings of 25 cents a share on sales of $179.1 million. Looking ahead, Nam Tai forecast third-quarter pro forma earnings of 24 cents to 27 cents a share on sales of $170 million to $180 million. Analysts are expecting earnings of 24 cents a share on sales of $174.6 million. Shares were trading up $1.47 to $25.17. Shares of CommScope ( CTV) rose 14% after the cable maker reported second-quarter results that topped forecasts. The company earned $16.3 million, or 25 cents a share, on sales of $336.7 million. Excluding items, the company would have earned $17.3 million, or 27 cents a share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 18 cents a share on sales of $331.3 million. A year ago, the company earned $84.1 million, or $1.16 a share, on sales of $312.9 million. Excluding a gain, the company would have earned $8.1 million, or 11 cents a share a year ago. Looking ahead, CommScope forecast third-quarter sales of $335 million to $355 million. Analysts are expecting sales of $338.8 million. For the year, the company now expects sales of $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion, up from previous guidance of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion. Analysts are expecting sales of $1.31 billion. Shares were trading up $2.38 to $19.27.
Ebix ( EBIX) rose 39% after the provider of software services and information technology solutions posted big gains in second-quarter earnings and sales. The company earned $1.1 million, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $6.1 million. A year ago, the company earned $710,000, or 23 cents a share, on sales of $4.7 million. Shares were trading up $5.59 to $19.99. Shares of American Science and Engineering ( ASEI) rose 1% after the company received a $9.4 million order from the U.S. government. The deal calls for AS&E to deliver eight Z Backscatter Van X-ray screening systems. The order also includes installation, operator training, and parts and warranty. The company said that the screening systems would allow operators to inspect passing vehicles from a stationary position. The Z Backscatter Van X-ray product, which is used for detecting car and truck bombs, is a mobile screening system that is built into a commercially available delivery van. Shares were trading up 49 cents to $38.98. Other technology movers included Microsoft ( MSFT), up 34 cents to $25.95; Intel ( INTC), up 9 cents to $27.23; Cisco Systems ( CSCO), up 20 cents to $19.35; Sirius Satellite Radio ( SIRI), up 12 cents to $6.94; Oracle ( ORCL), down 3 cents to $13.54; Sun Microsystems ( SUNW), up 1 cent to $3.85; Symantec ( SYMC), down 45 cents to $21.50; Applied Materials ( AMAT), down 32 cents to $18.16; Motorola ( MOT), up 7 cents to $21.25; and Lucent Technologies ( LU), down 2 cents to $2.91.