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Bear Stearns upgraded Royal Caribbean (RCL) to attractive from neutral. On Tuesday the company posted $0.82 Q3 EPS.

Nextcard Inc (NXCD) posted a $1.00 Q3 loss vs. $0.27 loss and hired Goldman Sachs to explore the sale of the company. Raymond James downgraded to market perform.

Qwest Communications (Q) posted a $0.08 Q3 loss vs. $0.14 EPS

(pro forma normalized). AG Edwards, Merrill and Davenport downgraded.

Sun Microsystems (SUNW) V.P. Steve McGowan reportedly says orders at company are tracking higher so far in Q2 vs. a year ago.

Prudential says Xilinx (XLNX) has yet to see any weakness from September 11, and Europe appears stable. Views this as positive and has a buy rating.

Tetra Technology (TTEK) was awarded two new contracts, over 50 tasks orders in support of natl response to bioterrorism.

Allied Waste (AW) announced that president and COO Larry Henk resigned to pursue other interests. Effective immediately, Tom Van Weelden, chairman and CEO, will assume all duties.

Continental Airlines (CAL) posted a $1.76 Q3 loss vs. $2.21 EPS on a 15% revenue drop and posted $0.05 Q3 EPS including a grant from the Air Transportation Stabilization Act, severance, and other

special charges. Excluding the grant, profit fell 98%.

Comcast (CMCSK) posted 17% higher Q3 operating cash flow on 20% revenue rise. S&P maintains accumulate.

Qwest Communications (Q) posted a $0.08 Q3 loss vs. $0.14 EPS (pro forma normalized). AG Edwards downgraded to hold.

Tommy Hilfiger (TOM) posted $0.53 vs. $0.49 2Q EPS on 2.4% higher revenue and now expects $1.30-$1.56 fiscal 2002 EPS, an increase of $0.06 from previous guidance.

Sara Lee (SLE) posted $0.26 vs. $0.29 1Q EPS on flat sales and sees $0.36-$0.40 Q2 EPS, and $1.37-$1.43 for fiscal 2002.

John Harland (JH) posted $0.42 vs. $0.41 Q3 EPS from operations despite a slight sales drop and adjusted Q4 EPS forecast to $0.37-$0.42, resulting in $1.25-$1.30 2001 EPS.

Adobe Systems (ADBE) cut Q4 guidance to $0.20-$0.22 EPS on $275M-$285M revenue. Adobe will cut 5% of workforce, and take a charge of about $8M-$10M. Merrill, CS First Boston cut estimates.

Pacificare (PHSY) posted $0.52 vs. $0.04 Q3 EPS from operations. on 2% higher revenues and improved medical loss ratio. Merrill raised estimates. S&P maintains hold.

Mentor Graphics (MENT) posted better than expected $0.12 vs. $0.23 Q3 EPS on 18% lower revenues. S&P maintains hold. Robertson Stephens downgraded to market perform.

Calgon Carbon (CCC) posted $0.04 vs. $0.04 Q3 EPS on flat sales. Notes prices did not keep pace with energy, raw material

cost increases, slowing demand for higher-value carbon

products, higher production costs.

CIBC World upgraded Oracle (ORCL) to buy from hold.

SCI Systems (SCI ) posted $0.10 vs. $0.37 Q1 cash EPS on 13% revenue drop. S&P maintains hold.

CenturyTel (CTL) posted better than expected $0.45 vs. $0.47 Q3 operating EPS. S&P maintains hold.

TEVA Pharmaceutical (TEVA) posted $0.58 VS. $0.34 Q3 per ADR on 12% revenue rise. Teva is confident that profitability will continue to increase and reportedly says it remains comfortable

with EPS estimates.

Martha Stewart (MSO) posted $0.10 vs. $0.08 Q3 EPS on 12.5% revenue rise and is comfortable with $0.45 2001 analyst estimates.

Orion Power (ORN) posted $0.58 vs. $0.05 Q3 EPS on 7% revenue rise and anticipates meeting its $1.15 2001 EPS target, and reiterates $1.50 '02 guidance.

Applebee's ( APPB) posted $0.44 vs. $0.40 Q3 EPS on 2.7% higher comparison sales and sees Q4 comp store sales of zero to 2%.

Fluor Corp. (FLR) posted $0.57 vs. $0.38 Q3 EPS despite flat

revenues.

Digi International (DSII) agreed to acquire Netsilicon in a deal valued at about $50 million.


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