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STOCKS TO WATCH: Applix, Metron Technology and Polycom

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Friday's most actively traded issues: Applix, Applied Microsystems, Metron Technology and Polycom.

  • Applix (Nasdaq: APLX)

    Applix shares figure to slide Friday after it warned that its second-quarter loss will be wider than expected.

    The Web-based software developer said it will lose between 28 cents to 32 cents a share in the quarter, much more than the current consensus estimate of a loss of 7 cents a share.

    It also said second-quarter revenues would be about $11.6 million, 18 percent below the $14.2 million the company reported the same period a year ago.

    Company officials blamed the lower-than-expected revenues to a $3.6 million decrease in its legacy Applixware business and lower than expected growth in the Pacific Rim.

    Its shares closed off 1/4 to 7 3/8 Thursday.

  • Applied Microsystems Corp. (Nasdaq:APMC)

    The company, which provides services for developing software, said Friday it expects a larger than expected second-quarter loss, pressured by soft demand in certain Asian markets and a longer sales cycle for some customers.

    The company said it expects to report a net loss of between 33 cents to 38 cents per share for the second quarter, compared to a net loss of 31 cents per share in the same year-ago period.

    Wall Street had pegged the company's loss at 19 cents for the second quarter ended June 30, according to research firm First Call.

  • Metron Technology (Nasdaq: MTCH)

    Metron shares should move a bit Friday after it missed analysts' estimates by a penny a share in its fourth quarter, earning $2.8 million, or 20 cents a share, on sales of $113 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus pegged Metron for a profit of 21 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed up 9/16 to 13 1/8.

    The $113 million in sales represents a 77 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $100,000, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $64 million.

    Metron provides marketing, sales, service and support solutions to the semiconductor industry.

    For the fiscal year, Metron pocketed $7.8 million, or 60 cents a share, on sales of $338 million compared to a loss of $4.5 million, or 44 cents a share, on sales of $229 million in fiscal 1999.

    In the quarter, materials sales jumped to $53 million, up 77 percent from $30 million from the year-ago quarter and up 20 percent from the third quarter. Revenue was higher in all regions, with particularly strong year-over-year growth in Asia.

    Equipment sales improved to $60 million, up 76 percent from $34 million in the same period last year.

    Its shares soared to a 52-week high of 36 in March before tumbling to a low of 9 in May.

  • Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM)

    Polycom shares will be on the move Friday after it said its second-quarter sales and earnings will beat current Street estimates.

    It also announced plans to offer 2.6 million shares in a secondary offering.

    The maker of conferencing equipment said it sees second quarter profit ranging between 30 and 31 cents a share, on sales of $75.5 million to $77.5 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus was expecting a profit of 29 cents a share in the quarter.

    Polycom said it registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to offer 2.6 million shares. The filing indicates a maximum per-share offering price of $91.2656, for a total of almost $272.9 million, although the actual price may be different by the time shares are actually sold.

    Following the announcements, shares of Polycom traded at 85 1/8 in after-hours activity on the Island electronic communications network. The stock closed Thursday's regular trading at 85 3/16, down 5/16 for the session.