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THIS MORNING'S STOCKS
 WEEK OF 10/25/99-10/29/99

10/29/99

AMERICA ONLINE (AOL, 126.5)- The company announced a 2 for 1 stock split.

BURNS INTERNATIONAL SERVICES (BOR, 13.06)- The provider of protection and security services said third quarter earnings rose 13.8% to 33 cents per share.  Analysts were looking for the company to earn 36 cents in the quarter.  Revenues increased 3.8% to $349.4 million in the quarter.  The company said it sees fourth quarter earnings of $0.35-$0.37, below the current consensus estimate of 40 cents per share.  BOR also said fiscal 2000 earnings will be $1.27-$1.30, compared to current estimates of $1.54.

GRANITE CONSTRUCTION INC (GVA, 22.38)- The construction company warned that lower than expected revenues will cause third quarter earnings to fall short of expectations.  The company sees revenue of $418 million and earnings of 77 cents per share in the quarter.  The company added that its order backlog will rise 8% from last year's third quarter, and gross margins will increase to $14.0% from last year's 13.2%.

JDS UNIPHASE CORP (JDSU, 152.43)- The maker of fiber optic products beat estimates by four cents as fiscal first quarter earnings doubled to 29 cents per share, excluding charges.  Revenues increased 104% to $230 million in the quarter.  The shares were up 2 in after hours trading on the news.

OLIN CORP (OLN, 13.68)- The specialty chemicals producer's third quarter earnings fell to six cents per share from last year's 31 cents, and revenues declined to $354.1 million from $383 million.

PRICELINE.COM INC (PCLN, 67.88)- The e-airline-tickets company reported a narrower than expected third quarter loss of eight cents per share.  Analysts were looking for a loss of 10 cents in the quarter.  Revenues in the quarter grew to $152.2 million, but the company said it expects fourth quarter revenues to be sequentially flat with the third quarter's due to seasonal factors.  Third quarter gross margins increased to 12.2% from the second quarter's 9.8%.

STAMPS.COM INC (STMP, 57)- The Internet based seller of postage services reported a wider than expected third quarter loss of 40 cents a share.  Analysts' were looking for a loss of 31 cents.  The company, with a market cap of $1.95 billion, had no revenues during the third quarter (Stamps.com launched its service nationwide on October 22nd).  According to the company's latest earnings release, significant corporate events during the quarter included the appointment of Bob Newhart as spokesperson.

 

10/28/99

AMAZON.COM INC (AMZN, 75.94)- The Internet based retailer's third quarter loss more than tripled as the company lost 26 cents per share in the quarter, compared to last year's loss of eight cents.  The results beat analysts' estimates by two cents.  Revenues increased 132% to $356 million in the quarter.  The company also warned that the expected strong e-commerce holiday shopping season will come at a price: fourth quarter gross margins will decline 2%-3%, a slight increase in fulfillment expenses as a percentage of revenues will occur, and marketing expenses will triple.  In short, costs will continue to rise at a faster rate than revenues. The company also said it expects first quarter 2000 revenues to decline sequentially from the fourth quarter's due to seasonality. The shares fell 5 1/2 in after hours trading.

AMERITRADE (AMTD, 17)- The online broker met expectations as it lost five cents per share in its fiscal fourth quarter.  Revenues increased 88% to $74.5 million.  Sequentially, revenues declined 5% from the third quarter and "trades per day" slumped 11%.  The company blamed the sequential slowdown on a "slower market environment".

CAREMARK RX INC (CMX, 4.88)- The provider of drug benefit services met expectations as it earned seven cents per share in the third quarter.  Revenues rose 23% to $813 million in the quarter.

CBS CORP (CBS, 45.19)- The radio and TV station operator missed estimates by two cents, earning seven cents per share in the third quarter.  In last year's third quarter the company lost six cents.  Revenues increased 8% to $1.71 billion, and operating cash flow increased 51% in the quarter.

C-CUBE MICROSYSTEMS (CUBE, 40.38)- The maker of fiber optic systems has agreed to merge its DiviCom Inc unit with Harmonic Inc (HLIT, 59.88) in a deal worth $1.7 billion.  C-Cube will then spin off its remaining business, its semiconductor unit, to shareholders.  Under the terms of the agreement, CUBE shareholders will receive 0.5427 shares of HLIT for each CUBE share held and shares in the spinoff.  CUBE shares last traded at 50 on Island in after hours trading following the news.

PARADYNE NETWORKS (PDYN, 31.69)- The maker of broadband access systems beat expectations by six cents, reporting third quarter earnings of $0.06 per share, compared to a loss of $0.01 last year.  Revenues increased 9% to $57.8 million in the quarter, but sales of broadband products jumped 55% to $40.5 million.  The shares last traded at 36 1/2 in after hours trading on Island.

READERS DIGEST ASSOCIATION (RDA, 27.56)- The publisher's first quarter earnings beat expectations by 9 cents as it earned 26 cents per share and  operating profits increased 134%.  Revenues in the quarter fell 8% to $519.2 million.

UNITED RENTALS INC (URI, 17.43)- The equipment rental company beat estimates by a penny as third quarter earnings rose 88% to 60 cents per share.  Revenues increased 76% to $668.6 million in the quarter, and same store sales rose 21.4%.  The company said operating margins increased to 21.2% from 17.7%.  

10/27/99

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC (BSX, 18)- The medical device maker earned 25 cents per share in its third quarter, excluding charges, beating estimates by two cents.  Revenues rose 20% to $691 million, with the strongest growth coming from international operations where sales rose 34%.

CDNOW INC (CDNW, 13.5)- The online music retailer reported a narrower than expected third quarter loss of 76 cents per share, compared to analyst estimates of a loss of 83 cents.  The company lost 74 cents in last year's third quarter.  Revenues increased 164% to $36.6 million in the quarter.  Gross margins improved by one percentage point to 21.9%.

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP (CPQ, 19.5)- The PC maker topped lowered expectations by two cents, earning seven cents per share in the third quarter.  Revenues increased 5% to $9.2 billion in the quarter, bet fell sequentially.  Gross margins improved to 23.8% from 21% in the second quarter.  The company said it expects sales of high-end products to be affected by a Y2K related slowdown in the fourth quarter, but Compaq remains confident that it will see sequential revenue growth in the quarter.

EBAY INC (EBAY, 152)- The Internet based auction house met expectations of a third quarter profit of two cents per share, but the results fell below the whisper number of four cents per share. The company earned two cents in last year's third quarter.  Revenues increase 169% to $58.5 million in the quarter.  Gross margins and revenues per user fell in the quarter, and the company said it expects increased costs in the coming two quarters.  The shares tumbled 10 in after hours trading.

FOSTER WHEELER CORP (FWC, 9.81)- The construction and engineering company beat third quarter estimates by six cents as it earned 33 cents per share, excluding charges.  Revenues in the quarter fell to $940 million from $1.08 billion last year, and unfilled orders declined to $6.59 billion from $7.87 billion.  The company said industry conditions remain weak, but it sees signs of improvement as Asian economies recover.  The company with $4.6 billion in revenues during the latest 12 months, has a market cap of $399 million.

FRIENDLY ICE CREAM CORP (FRND, 5)- The restaurant operator's third quarter earnings rose 61.5% to 69 cents per share, but fell a penny short of expectations.  Revenues in the quarter increased 5.7% to $198.1 million. [editors note: compare the revenue and earnings per share figures of this company to eBay, then consider FRND has a market cap of $38 million while eBay has a market cap of $19.55 billion....bubble, anyone?]

IKON OFFICE SOLUTIONS (IKN, 7.31)- The supplier of copiers and office technology services earned 15 cents per share in its fourth quarter, compared to last year's loss of 49 cents.  The results fell a penny short of estimates.  Revenues fell 4.2% (1.3% sequentially) to $1.37 billion in the quarter.  The company said it sees revenue growth of 1%-2% and earnings of $0.75-$0.85 in Fiscal 2000, compared to current analysts' estimates of 93 cents.

NORTEL NETWORKS (NT, 55.5)- The Canadian communications equipment maker's third quarter earnings jumped 33% to 28 cents per share, topping analysts' estimates by two cents.  Revenues increased 30% to $5.39 billion in the quarter.  The company said it expects revenue growth of 20%-21% in 2000, and earnings per share growth to exceed revenue growth during the year.

10/26/99

AIRBORNE FREIGHT (ABF, 22.63)- The air freight carrier missed estimates by 15 cents, earning 44 cents per share in the third quarter, a 34% decline from last year's 65 cents.  Revenues increased 2.1% to $785.6 million in the quarter, but international revenues declined 1.1%.  The company's total number of domestic shipments remained flat at 80.8 million shipments.  The company attributed the poor showing to higher costs and flat shipment growth, and said higher fuel prices knocked seven cents off earnings.

ASK JEEVES INC (ASKJ, 78)- The Internet search service reported a wider than expected loss of 35 cents per share, compared to analysts' expectations of a loss of 34 cents.  Revenues climbed to $6.5 million from $2.7 million in the second quarter.  The company attributed the loss to increased spending on marketing and infrastructure.  The company is now trading at an annualized price/sales ratio of 700.

@PLAN.INC (APLN, 10.38)- The online marketing research company beat estimates by 11 cents as it reported a narrower than expected third quarter loss of three cents per share.  The company lost 50 cents in last year's third quarter.  Revenue increased 124%, and 24% sequentially, to $2 million in the quarter.

BMC SOFTWARE (BMCS, 53.88)- The mainframe software maker said second quarter earnings rose 26% to 44 cents per share, three cents ahead of expectations.  Revenues increased 41% to $415.7 million.  Software license revenue increased 41% in the quarter.

GADZOOX NETWORKS (ZOOX, 60.38)- The provider of network storage devices reported a narrower than expected second quarter loss of eight cents a share.  Analysts were looking for a loss of 12 cents.  Second quarter revenues increased 89% to $11.1 million.  Gross margins increased to 43% from 41% in the first quarter.  Market cap is $1.5 billion.

MYPOINTS.COM (MYPT, 15.75)- The Internet marketing company beat estimates by 10 cents as it reported a narrower than expected third quarter loss of 47 cents per share.  The company lost 30 cents in last year's third quarter. Revenues increased 159% sequentially to $7 million in the quarter.  The company said its membership grew 45% sequentially to 4.2 million members.

OAK INDUSTRIES (OAK, 31.88)- The maker of engineered components earned 45 cents per share in the third quarter, an increase of 16% from last year, and four cents above analysts' estimates.  Revenues increased 33% to $108.7 million in the quarter.  The company attributed the better than expected results to strong revenue growth in its communications business.

PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS (PIXR, 37.88)- The animated filmmaker beat third quarter estimates by 32 cents as it reported record earnings of 63 cents per share.  Revenues climbed to $79.2 million in the quarter. Pixar attributed the better than expected results to strong sales of 'A Bug's Life' merchandise and videos.  The company expects full year earnings of at least 85 cents, analysts were looking for 71 cents.

POWER INTEGRATIONS (POWI, 88.13)- The circuit maker announced a 2 for 1 stock split.  Separately, the company also said third quarter earnings rose 42% to 47 cents per share, 15 cents above expectations.  Revenues increased 48% to $30.1 million in the quarter.

TENNECO INC (TEN, 14.38)- The auto parts maker missed estimates by two cents as it earned 28 cents per share in the third quarter.  the company earned 37 cents in last year's third quarter.  Revenues in the quarter increased to $816 million from last year's $802 million.  The company, with $3.2 billion in annual revenues, is trading at 0.35 times sales and 1.15 times book value.  The shares are down from a 52-week high of 37.43.

10/25/99

CELANESE AG (CZ,-)- The German chemical company's shares were priced at $17.15, the bottom of the $17.15-$24.66 expected offering range.  The shares begin trading today on the NYSE.

COLUMBIA ENERGY GROUP (CG, 62)- The natural gas company has voted to reject a hostile $74 per share bid from NiSource Inc (NI, 19.94).  The company said it will explore strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including a possible sale or merger.

CV THERAPEUTICS (CVTX, 12.38)- The biotech reported a wider than expected third quarter loss of 50 cents per share.  Analysts were looking for a loss of 48 cents in the quarter.

INTERDENT INC (DENT, 8)- The dental services provider has agreed to be acquired by Leonard Green & Partners LP in a $325 million deal.  Under the terms of the agreement, DENT shareholders will receive $9.50 per share in cash for each share held.

KITTY HAWK INC (KTTY, 8.43)- The provider of air freight services warned that third quarter earnings will fall short of current analysts' expectations.  The company sees $0.12-$0.14 per share, excluding gains, in the quarter, analysts were looking for 21 cents.  The company blamed the lowered expectations on a 1o cents a gallon increase in the cost of jet fuel during the quarter.

MACDERMID INC (MRD, 32.31)- The specialty chemicals maker missed estimates by two cents as it earned 36 cents per share in its second quarter, an increase of 6% from last year.  Revenues rose 42% to $121.6 million in the quarter.  The company said free cash flow per share increased to 53 cents from 39 cents in last year's second quarter.  The company said the weakness of the dollar, and the recent earthquake in Taiwan impacted second quarter earnings by five cents.

OTR EXPRESS INC (OTR, 3)- The trucking company lost 18 cents per share in its third quarter, compared to a profit of 15 cents last year.  Revenues rose 10% to $20.5 million in the quarter.  The company blamed the loss on higher fuel costs and a shortage of drivers, and warned that it expects the problems to continue into the fourth quarter.

PREMIER BANCSHARES INC (PMB, 16.53)- The Atlanta bank missed estimates by five cents as third quarter earnings fell 40% to 15 cents per share.  The company attributed the disappointing results to a fall in mortgage lending volume.

SOUTHERN ENERGY HOMES (SEHI, 2.94)- The manufactured homes seller reported third quarter earnings of five cents per share, a penny below expectations.  Revenues slumped 22% to $63.9 million in the quarter.  The company blamed the poor results on lower demand, increasing competition, and high retail inventories.

UNISTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES (UAI, 27.63)- The auto and renters' insurance announced CEO Marc A. Sparks has resigned.  The company also said it has asked to withdraw its stock listing on the American Stock Exchange.  The Amex had been considering delisting the company's shares. 

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