Tech Industry

STOCKS TO WATCH: Engage, Intraware and Solectron

Expect the following technology stocks to be among Monday's most actively traded issues: Engage, Intraware and Solectron.

  • Engage Inc. (Nasdaq: ENGA)

    Engage should see more than the usual volume Monday after announcing late Friday that it had closed its acquisition of the Virtual Billboard Network.

    Engage, which provides online marketing solutions, closed off 1 3/4 to 18 1/2 Friday.

    VBN, based in Toronto, will be renamed Engage Canada, managed by Tom Rothfels, former chief executive officer of VBN.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Engage issued approximately 276,000 shares of Engage common stock to Gallop & Gallop Advertising Inc. for the purchase of VBN.

    Engage shares moved as high as 94 1/2 in March after falling to a low of 11 9/16 in August.

  • Intraware Inc. (Nasdaq: ITRA)

    Intraware should move Monday on reports that it will acquire Janus Technologies for $24 million in an effort to beef up its service offerings and rely less on low-margin software and hardware sales.

    Its shares closed up 11/16 to 16 1/8 Friday.

    Intraware, an e-marketplace for Web-based software and services, will announce the acquisition on Monday.

    Janus Technologies makes asset management software.

    Intraware shares peaked at 99 in December before falling to a low of 10 1/8 in May.

  • Solectron Corp. (NYSE: SLR)

    Solectron shares should be interesting to watch Monday ahead of its third-quarter earnings report.

    Earlier this quarter, Solectron warned that it would fall short of analysts' estimates.

    Solectron now say it expects total sales of between $3.4 billion to $3.5 billion and earnings of between 20 cents to 22 cents a share.

    A survey of analysts by First Call Corp. predicted Solectron would earn 22 cents a share in the quarter. That estimate has been lowered to 21 cents a share.

    "Market demand continues to be strong from almost every market segment served by the company," said CFO Susan Wang said last month. "However, third quarter sales have been impacted by the delay of the closing of the transaction with Nortel Networks. Further, third quarter results may be impacted by supply disruptions resulting from certain component shortages and changes in product configuration requirements by certain OEM customers."

    Solectron shares ended down 1 3/8 to 35 7/16 Friday.

    Reuters contributed to this report.