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Earnings Roundup: Women.com, Luminant post strong sales growth

Women.com Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: WOMN) reported a third-quarter loss of $17.1 million, or 51 cents a share, on sales of $7.2 million. Its shares closed off 1 1/4 to 18 3/4 ahead of the earnings report.

There was no First Call consensus estimate available for Women.com in the quarter.

The $7.2 million in sales represents a 140 percent improvement compared to the year-ago quarter when Women.com, Astronet and HomeArts recorded sales of $3 million.

Last quarter, Women.com lost $17.3 million, or 50 cents a share, on sales of $6 million.

Women.com closed the quarter with more than 1.7 million registered uses, a 61 percent jump from the second quarter. It also recorded an average of 4.6 million unique users in the quarter, up from 4.2 million in the second quarter.

Women.com's traffic increased to an average of 128 million page views per month, compared to an average of 119 million page views per month in the previous quarter.

Its shares soared up to a 52-week high of 23 3/8 earlier this month after trading at 12 1/2 in October.

The lone analyst following the stock maintains a "strong buy" recommendation.

Among other technology companies reporting earnings Wednesday:

  • Luminant Worldwide Corp. (Nasdaq: LUMT) beat Street estimates by 2 cents a share in its third quarter Wednesday, earning $983,000, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $26.4 million.

    First Call consensus expected the e-commerce professional services firm to earn 2 cents a share.

    Its shares closed up 5 15/16, or 13 percent, to a 52-week high of 50 5/8 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $26.4 million in sales marks a 97 percent improvement compared to the year-ago quarter when it lost $710,000, or 3 cents a share, on sales of $13.4 million.

    "We are extremely pleased with our strong third quarter results -- our first quarter as a publicly traded company," said Gil Marmor in a prepared release. "We exceeded all of our operational objectives, entirely through organic growth, with significant new client wins and further development of existing relationships."

    Luminant shares fell to a low of 25 in September.

  • Fashionmall.com Inc. (Nasdaq: FASH) posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its third quarter Wednesday, losing $1 million, or 14 cents a share, on sales of $889,000.

    Its shares closed up 7/16, or 7 percent, to 6 3/4 ahead of the earnings report.

    First Call consensus expected it to lose 23 cents a share in the quarter.

    The $889,000 in sales represents a 36 percent improvement compared to the year-ago quarter when it earned $203,000, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $653,000.

    Fashionmall.com shares soared to a high of 15 7/8 shortly after its initial public offering in May. The stock hit a low of 4 1/4 in October.

    One of the two analysts following the stock rates it a "buy" while the other calls it a "hold."

    First Call consensus expects Fashionmall.com to lose 66 cents a share in the fiscal year.>