SAN FRANCISCO -- Buy, buy, buy! No, the Fed decision isn't in, and we're certainly not predicting a rally. Rather, "buy, buy, buy" may be more of a rallying cry for a couple of tech companies that have bought out or purchased a portion of other companies.
shopping spree continued today with reports that the online retailer purchased a 35% stake in
, in a deal valued at $42.5 million. Shares of Amazon.com were down 4, or 3%, at 133 5/8 in early trading.
Amazon.com also recently purchased a stake in
, and another online drugstore,
, was snapped up by
In other Amazon news, both online units from
Barnes & Noble
said they will match Amazon.com's latest discount plan for books on the
The New York Times
bestseller list. The online retailer said yesterday that it would offer would offer 50% off every book on the list, consisting of hardcover and paperback titles in fiction, nonfiction and advice/how-to/miscellaneous, or at least 68 titles.
There has been some speculation lately that Amazon made the announcement to try to bump the upcoming
IPO out of the investor spotlight.
, a provider of international IT consulting, training and software, has reached an agreement to acquire
, which provides strategic Internet consulting and development services. The deal is for $12.25 million, or approximately $4.55 per share in ARIS stock or a combination of stock and cash. fine.com was up 1 27/32, or 82%, at 4 3/32 in early trading.
Today's also a big day for quarterly results. Both
report after the close of trading today, as does
consensus estimate looks for Dell to
post first-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share. Shares of the company edged up 3/4, or 2%, to 44 in early action.
Lycos is expected to report a third-quarter loss of 3 cents a share, according to First Call. It was lately up 2 3/16, or 2%, at 110 11/16.
Applied Materials, which is expected to
record second-quarter earnings of 27 cents a share, was up 5/8, or 1%, at 63 7/8.
These earnings reports will arrive on the heels of stellar
after the close on Monday. For its second quarter, H-P logged earnings of $918 million, or 88 cents a share, a 34% increase in profits over its year-ago quarter. Shares of H-P were up 4 5/8, or 5%, at 93 3/8 early in today's session.
were firmer after
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
analyst Mark Edelstone raised his price target on the stock to 120 from 95. Broadcom jumped 6 1/2, or 7%, to 97 1/4 on the change.
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Browser wars continue with
, a subsidiary of
, releasing its new Communicator 4.6 today. Netscape says the software, which can be downloaded for free via Netscape Netcenter, has undergone "speed enhancements" that help it outperform Microsoft's IE5 in page loading from the top 100 Internet sites over a modem. The browser also includes
RealPlayer G2 for streaming video and audio over the Internet.