PeopleSoft, Yahoo!, Javelin Systems, Nextel

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Bill Schaff


If you're like

Bill Schaff

, it's not hard to get excited about




Schaff, co-founder of

Bay Isle Financial Management

in San Francisco, downplays the importance of the company's recent stock slide. It's down 64% from its April 20 high near 57 and down 47% for the year. "I expect PeopleSoft to weather this financial storm and rebound strongly in the next upturn," he says.

Schaff says the company's problems -- like those of many enterprise software companies -- are short-term. Revenues from Y2K compliance software should be rolling in soon, and PeopleSoft's price-cutting campaign to stave off competitors like


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. Lashinsky says Meehan is down on the company, particularly since shares fell 8% to just below 105 on Oct. 8. (They've since recovered that loss.) "The Net stocks have much more than a lot of downside left," Meehan says. "They will break, and break much harder than even I can imagine."

Citing "wildly unrealistic" earnings estimates, Meehan told Lashinsky that things will get worse before they get better for Internet companies like Yahoo!.

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Javelin Systems

Jim Oberweis


The next time you order a chicken Gordita at

Taco Bell

, take a look at how the counter clerk enters your order. He or she will log your order on a touch-screen computer developed by

Javelin Systems



The firm designs, develops, markets and sells open-system touch-screen point-of-sale computers. Javelin specializes in systems for restaurants, but also serves the specialty retail, industrial and information kiosk markets.

Jim Oberweis, editor of

The Oberweis Report

newsletter, says he is high on Javelin, and has bought 45,000 shares of the company for his asset management customers in recent months. He says a client list that includes Taco Bell,

Dunkin Donuts


Burger King


Baskin Robbins

spells good news for investors.

The company's fourth-quarter revenues rose an eye-popping 332% to $11.6 million, compared with $2.7 million at the same time last year. Earnings per share were 13 cents versus 1 cent over the year-earlier period. Oberweis predicts revenues will skyrocket from $7 million in 1997 to $30 million in 1998 and $55 million in 1999.

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Christopher Larson


Wireless communications behemoth



rates a strong buy from

Prudential Securities

telecom analyst

Christopher Larson

. "In light of the recent decline in Nextel's stock price and in anticipation of upcoming positive news, we are raising our rating on the company's shares from hold to strong buy," he wrote in

Red Herring


Nextel is down 28% from its recent 52-week high, but he expects imminent good news will fuel interest from the investment community. "The company is beta-testing a smaller, lighter cellular phone, manufactured by



, that offers features such as speakerphone, vibrating alert, and multiple lines per phone," says Larson. In addition, Larson reports Nextel may be considering selling its wireless towers, which could bring in $1 billion to $2 billion.

That would reduce Nextel's current capital needs and debt levels, leading to positive company valuation levels. "Furthermore, Nextel will soon be one of the first wireless companies to achieve positive operating cash flow in domestic operations. We are forecasting a break-even operating cash flow for domestic operations in the third quarter of this year and a positive operating cash flow for both domestic and international operations in first quarter 1999," adds Larson. "As a result of this flood of good news, we are also increasing our 12-month price objective from $33 to $34." Shares currently trade at 17 after falling 12% Thursday due to a disappointing third-quarter earnings report.

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