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Robertson Stephens upgraded Visible Gene (VGIN
) to strong buy from buy.
) posted $0.17 Q1 EPS vs. a $0.03 loss on a 9% revenue
Concord Communications (CCRD
) posted a $0.09 Q3 loss vs. $0.05 EPS on flat revenue. The loss is narrower than some estimates. Concord reaffirmed it will deliver between breakeven to slightly profitable levels in Q4.
) shares are higher after the company announced it has responded to a confidential "Fortune 500" firm's concern about the risk of bioterrorism associated with mailroom operations.
Mylan Labs (MYL
) shares are lower on news that late Friday, a U.S. appeals court sided with Bristol Myers (BMY
) in its appeal against Mylan in a case regarding the listing of Bristol Myers' patent on BuSpar in the FDA's "Orange Book."
J.P. Morgan downgraded Altera (ALTR
) Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC
), PMC Sierra (PMCS
), Vitesse Semiconductor (VTSS
), Xilinx (XLNX
) to market perform from long-term buy.
Dain Rauscher upgraded Amazon.com (AMZN
) to buy from neutral.
Visionics Corp. (VSNX
) received new live scan orders from the U.S. INS office for its TENPRINTERS and FingerPrinter CMS systems; the value of the two orders combined exceeds $1M.
Needham downgraded Cisco Systems (CSCO
) to buy from strong buy.
Robertson Stephens trimmed Intel (INTC
) estimates, and maintains market perform.
Vulcan Materials (VMC
) sees $0.90 Q3 EPS, at the lower end of the range communicated on July 25.
IMC Global (IGL
) will sell its salt and Ogden businesses to a entity formed by affiliates of Apollo Management L.P. of New York in a merger deal valued at about $640M.
UBS Warburg and Goldman cut estimates on Xerox (XRX
) on Friday. The company forecast a wider than expected $0.22-$0.25 Q3 loss from operations, citing the foreign exchange impact, a tax rate change and the September 11 tragedy.
) posted $0.85 vs. $0.55 on a slight revenue rise and sees $2.09-$2.10 2001 EPS.
American International's (AIG
) board revoked previously existing authorizations to buy back over 10M shares. The board had approved a purchase of up to 10M shares on September 5, and authorized a buyback of an additional 40M shares on September 14, for a total of 50M.
Lehman reportedly downgraded Applied Material (AMAT
) and Asyst Technologies (ASYT
) to market perform from buy.
Fannie Mae (FNM
) posted $1.33 vs. $1.09 Q3 EPS from operations on a 31% revenue
growth, and expects 2002 EPS from operations growth to meet or
exceed mid-teens rates.
IPC Holdings (IPCR
) increased estimated losses from the September 11 terrorist attacks for Q3 from $75M to $95M.
) posted $0.13 vs. $0.54 Q3 EPS on a 33% revenue
Global Marine (GLM
) posted $0.34 vs. $0.18 Q3 EPS on a 15% revenue rise.
Drexler Tech (DRXR
) posted $0.12 vs. $0.16 Q2 EPS on a 6.7% revenue drop.
Mettler Toledo (MTD
) agreed to acquire Rainin Instrument, a leading manufacturer of
pipetting solutions used in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical research applications, for $292.2M in cash and stock.