Expect the following technology stocks to be among Thursday's most actively traded issues: Agile Software, Cable Design Technologies, Salon.com and Vicinity.
Expect Agile shares to gain ground Thursday after topping analysts' estimates in its fourth quarter.
In the quarter, it lost $730,000, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $10.8 million.
A survey of analysts by First Call Corp. pegged it for a loss of 6 cents a share in the quarter.
Its shares closed up 3 1/2, or 9 percent, to 42 ahead of the earnings report.
The $10.8 million in sales represents a 109 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it dropped $2.6 million, or 9 cents a share, on sales of $5.1 million.
For the fiscal year, the vendor of software for supply chain collaboration and procurement posted a loss of $7.1 million, or 18 cents a share, on sales of $32.2 million. In fiscal 1999, it lost $9.1 million, or 31 cents a share, on sales of $16.8 million.
CDT gave its investors some good news Wednesday when it blasted past analysts' estimates in its third quarter, earning $14 million, or 47 cents a share, on sales of $204.9 million.
First Call Corp. consensus expected the provider of high-speed network connectivity products to earn 41 cents a share in the quarter.
Its shares closed up 1/8 to 28 3/8 Wednesday.
The $204.9 million in sales marks a 24 percent jump from the year-ago quarter when it pocketed $8.1 million, or 29 cents a share, on sales of $165.6 million.
In the quarter, gross profit margins grew to 28.8 percent, up from 28.1 percent in the same period last year.
Network communication segment sales rose 31 percent to $138.7 million and represented 68 percent of the company's total sales. Specialty electronic sales for the third quarter were $66.2 million, up 12 percent from the year-ago quarter.
The company formed an alliance with American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) to increase sales at a business products and services site, which Priceline.com said will include a feature allowing people to name prices for long-distance phone calls.
Priceline.com fell 4 to 36 1/2 at Wednesday's close. It rose as high as 37 1/2 in after-hours trading. American Express fell 3/4 to 50.
Salon.com shares figure to tumble Thursday after the Internet media company missed analysts' reduced estimates in its fourth quarter.
In the quarter, it lost $5.2 million, or 41 cents a share. The lone analyst surveyed by First Call predicted a loss of 39 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31.
The per share loss was near the high end of the range expected by Salon.com in a warning last month.
Including all items, Salon.com lost $6.2 million, or 50 cents per share.
Fourth quarter revenue increased to $2.6 million, near the low end of guidance contained in the April pre-announcement.
Its shares fell 1/8 to 2 1/2 ahead of the earnings report.
Vicinity posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its third quarter Wednesday, dropping $4.5 million, or 18 cents a share, on sales of $4.3 million.
First Call Corp. consensus predicted the provider of Internet-based marketing infrastructure services would lose 20 cents a share in the quarter.
Ahead of the earnings report, its shares closed off 1 1/2 to 18 1/2.
The $3.3 million in sales marks a 204 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $1.8 million, or 45 cents a share, on sales of $1.4 million.
Last quarter, Vicinity missed analysts' estimates, losing $4.1 million, or 70 cents a share, on sales of $3.3 million.