i2 Technologies


, a provider of e-business services, was down 5.3% in preopen


trading. After Wednesday's close, the company said COO Robert Evans resigned to pursue other interests.

Evans was named COO after the company's merger with

Aspect Development

in June 2000.

Credit Suisse First Boston

today maintained its strong buy rating, saying it does not believe the resignation will affect financial results and does not herald further departures.