(Updated from 7:37 p.m. EDT)A federal judge approved drug company American Home Products' ( AHP) $3.75 billion national settlement with former users of two of its medicines used in the "fen-phen" diet cocktail. The initial settlement was reached Oct. 6, but was under judicial review until today, when the settlement became official. The company was happy with the news, said a spokesman. Shares rose 6 cents to 54.625 on Instinet after the post-bell announcement.
Unlike the mail-order-bride phenomenon, SmarterKids.com ( SKDS) is not a place to procure genius offspring. The online kids' education store was voted the " Forbes favorite" in the toy category by the influential business magazine in its annual e-business round-up.
Optelecom ( OPTC) rallied more than 90% during the day session after the debut of some new and improved technology. Its line of PixelStream digital fiber-optic transmission products promise broadcast quality video with flexible audio and data transmission options over optical fiber. Considering that even the mention of the words optical fiber induces frenzied bouts of gains, it is no surprise that this announcement sent investors on a daylong buying binge that ebbed into some profit-taking at night. Optelecom shares gave back 53 cents to 11.18 on a respectable 379,000 shares traded.
eSoft ( ESFT) signed a licensing and original equipment manufacturer distribution agreement with 3Com ( COMS) to distribute its Redphish system and software to 3Com's small- to medium-sized business customers. eSoft provides customized Internet connectivity product suites to small- and medium-sized businesses. Redphish lets Internet service providers and telecommunications companies create private-label Internet server and appliance products through licensing and marketing Redphish software applications to run on their own hardware platform. eSoft partied hard, rallying 48% during the day session and tacking on another 2 cents to 6.71 at night.
For junkies of technology news they don't quite understand, here is a cryptic tidbit on encryption. CopyTele ( COPY) unveiled a digital hardware encryption technology after the bell. The developer of telecommunications and encryption products gives the world a new line of Cryptele products that will secure voice, email, computer files and data transfers. The product includes a virus control feature that provides virus protection by encrypting email directories. CopyTele shares rose 1.25, or 111%, to 2.37 on the news.
Shares of Excite@Home ( ATHM) rose 1.72 to 15.66 after AT&T ( T) said Monday that in September it would begin consolidating Excite@Home's results in its own financial results. AT&T shares were down 68 cents to 30.25 TheStreet.com covered the
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