) sees lower than expected $8 million Q2 revenue and gross margin the mid-30% range. The company cites a deferral of $13 million in contracted shipments of its AB-Access product to a major domestic customer.
Andrx Group (ADRX
) entered a memorandum of understanding with Genpharm confirming ADRX's status as first filer of abbreviated new drug application for a bioequivalent version of Prilosec. Banc of America reiterated its buy rating on the stock.
INTERSHOP Communications (ISHP
) lowered its Q4 loss estimate to 0.36-0.38 euro on 28 million to 30 million euro revenues. The company cites a global slowdown in IT purchasing patterns.
Robertson Stephens downgraded Network Appliance (NTAP
) shares to long term attractive from buy.
Morgan Stanley DW downgraded Proxim Inc (PROX
) shares to neutral from outperform.
Salomon SB downgraded (Macromedia Inc MACR
) shares to outperform from buy.
Lehman downgraded Brinker Intl (EAT
) shares to neutral from buy.
Walgreen Co. (WAG
) posted $0.15 vs. $0.13 Q1 EPS on a 16% sales rise.
DB Alex Brown downgrades Linens'n Things (LIN
) and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY
) shares to buy from strong buy.
) reported that AT&T Broadband notifies customers, local franchising authorities that cable prices will begin increasing in a month by company-wide average of 4.8%.
IBP Inc. (IBP
) agreed to be acquired by Tyson Foods (TSN
) for $30 per share, with 50.1% of consideration in cash, rest in TSN Class A stock. The deal is valued at about $4.7 billion, including debt assumption. Smithfield Foods (SFD
) said on Friday it offered to acquired IBP for $32 per share in SFD stock, but received no response from IBP.
WebMD Corp. (HLTH
) and NEWS CORP. revise their partnership. HLTH will provide content across NWS properties for four years. NWS is no longer obliged to provide $300 million of international media services, $100 million of capital, any future capital to their international joint venture.
Benessee Corp., affiliates offer to acquire all Berlitz International (BTZ
) stock not currently owned for $12 per share cash.
Biovail Corp (BVF
) acquires from AVENTIS PHARMACEUTICAL all of North American rights for Cardizem family of cardiovascular products for $409.5 million.
GE reportedly to make Keynote Systems (KEYN
) Internet performance measurement services available to all GE businesses.
Western Multiplex (WMUX
) says due to adverse developments in ADAP's results, the company intends to evaluate all alternatives with respect to the proposed transaction.
Dain Rauscher downgraded Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD
) shares to neutral from strong buy.