MarchFirst Postpones Conference Call

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Professional services and consulting company

MarchFirst

(MRCH)

postponed a conference call that had been scheduled for today to discuss the company's financial guidance.

The company, which is based in Chicago, said it postponed the call in order to re-evaluate data and analysis from the recently completed study of its global markets and business strategy. The company plans to use the information to finalize its 2001 business plan, which will be presented in a conference call on Nov. 28.

MarchFirst, which was formed from the merger of computer consulting firm

Whittman-Hart

and design and marketing company

USWeb/CKS

, reported earnings that missed analysts' third-quarter expectations in October. The company earned a penny a share, while

First Call/Thomson Financial

carried a consensus estimate of 20 cents. Analysts expect the company to earn 10 cents a share for the fourth quarter.

Shares of MarchFirst were recently down 41 cents, or 9.2%, to $4 in

Nasdaq

trading.