Stocks were mostly trending downward in after-hours trading Wednesday as a number of tech names pushed through more earnings reports. eBay ( EBAY) was among the most heavily traded losers, lately sliding 5.7% after the online auction site confirmed the
resignation of CEO Meg Whitman and pegged first-quarter earnings at a subpar range of 37 cents to 39 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial are seeking at least a penny more. Whitman will leave the company on March 31. The San Jose, Calif., company also beat on both top and bottom lines with fourth quarter earnings of 45 cents a share on revenue of $2.18 billion. Shares were losing $1.64 to $27.30 in retreat from big regular-session gains. DVD rental Web site Netflix ( NFLX), of Los Gatos, Calif., was slipping 1.1% to $23.51 after hours even though rising fourth-quarter income of $15.8 million, or 24 cents a share, flew past analyst estimates. Similarly, chipmaker Intersil ( ISIL) beat EPS views by a penny but recently lost 3.1% at $22.50. The Milpitas, Calif., outfit also expects to make 35 cents to 36 cents a share in the current quarter against the 36-cent consensus. And Gilead Sciences ( GILD), a Californian biopharma company, was off 3.3% at $43.32 despite likewise turning in penny beat for the quarter. Over in the financial sector, bond insurer Security Capital Assurance ( SCA) has abandoned plans to raise cash "due to current market conditions." The Bermuda-based firm said it continues to pursue such capital-raising measures as reinsurance arrangements and restructuring certain insured obligations. Shares were sliding 63 cents, or 16.6%, to $3.16, in recent trading. Among the late winners, however, was security-software maker Symantec ( SYMC). Shares of the Cupertino, Calif., company bounced 9.4% to $16.70 after it sailed past expectations, posting fiscal third-quarter earnings of $292 million, or 33 cents a share, excluding items, compared with the 28-cent average EPS target. Revenue came to a better-than-expected $1.53 billion. Shares were trading up 8.9% to $16.62. Qualcomm ( QCOM) said pro-forma earnings soared 21% year over year 52 cents a share, a penny under the average Street view. Shares were up 7.5%. And fellow tech name F5 Networks ( FFIV) saw shares rocket nearly 20% after the Seattle-based company pocketed earnings of $17.8 million, or 21 cents a share -- precisely what the Street had expected. The company also set plans to repurchase $200 million worth of its shares. F5 stock was jumping $3.91 to $24.09.