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PC maker

Gateway

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posted third-quarter earnings of 46 cents per share, meeting the

First Call/Thomson Financial

forecast and beating the year-ago 35-cent result.

The company said revenue growth of 20% to 21% is possible next year and indicated it is comfortable with analysts' earnings estimates of $2.29 per share for 2001. Gateway lifted other PC stocks slightly.

Apple

(AAPL)

was up 0.3% in preopen

Island

trading and

Dell

(DELL)

was up 0.9%.