Online auction site eBay ( EBAY) was among the gainers in an earnings-saturated after-hours session Wednesday. The company's shares jumped amid heavy volume after it pocketed a third-quarter profit of $563.8 million, or 41 cents a share, excluding items. That represents a 57.7% surge from last year and
careens past Wall Street's expectations of 33 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial. The San Jose, Calif., company also brought in better-than-expected sales of $1.89 billion. GAAP-based results reflect a loss, largely due to a previously announced goodwill impairment charge related to its Skype acquisition, but shares were still rising 10 cents to $40.70 following its furiously traded regular-session run-up. Fellow tech name Citrix Systems ( CTXS) slid on soft guidance. The Florida-based software company posted income of 41 cents a share to top third-quarter expectations, but it also predicted non-GAAP income of 42 cents to 43 cents a share in the next quarter. That's at least 2 cents under the mean target. Citrix said that range includes 3 cents of dilution related to operating expenses from XenSource, which it agreed to buy earlier this year, as well as new shares it issued to pay for the takeout. Shares dropped $2.93, or 7%, to $38.84. California's Intersil ( ISIL) gave up 5.1% to $32.35, even though the chipmaker came in just ahead of top- and bottom-line estimates with third-quarter non-GAAP earnings of $49 million, or 36 cents a share, on revenue of $198.3 million. GAAP-based income of 27 cents a share was a penny shy of the company's September guidance update, which had been upped a penny. Elsewhere, online broker E*Trade ( ETFC) swung to a loss of 14 cents a share, vs. 34 cents a share profit from continuing operations last year. The New York-based company said that includes 30 cents worth of writedowns related to asset-backed securities and a loan-loss provision that sequentially vaulted more than sixfold to $187 million. The firm additionally sliced at least another 15 cents off its full-year earnings outlook to between 75 cents and 90 cents a share. Shares lost 6.6% to $11.65. Among the biggest price decliners, meanwhile, was LJ International ( JADE). Shares slid 19% after the Hong Kong-based jewelry maker said all three directors on its audit committee had resigned from the board "primarily" due to shareholder class-action lawsuits recently filed against the company. LJ also said the Nasdaq had granted it continued listing on its Global Market index, provided that the company files its 2006 annual report by year-end. Shares surrendered $1.01 to $4.15.