Expect the following technology stocks to be among Friday's most actively traded issues: Pixar, SoftNet Systems and Winstar Communications.
Steve Jobs' other company delivered strong sales and earnings in its first quarter Thursday, beating the Street estimates by 8 cents a share.
In the quarter, Pixar raked in $26.4 million, or 53 cents a share, on sales of $61 million.
Its shares closed up 5/8 to 38 3/8 ahead of the earnings report.
Pixar's sales were boosted by Toy Story 2, which came out last year.
The company said it targets full year earnings of at least $1.25 per share for 2000. First Call currently predicts a profit of $1.36 per share for the year.
To date, Toy Story 2 has seen $479 million in global box office sales, Pixar said.
SoftNet could be pushed lower Friday after it posted a wider-than-expected loss in its second quarter, losing $22.1 million, or 66 cents a share, on sales of $1.7 million.
Analysts expected the cable-based provider of high-speed Internet access to lose 59 cents a share in the quarter.
Its shares closed up 3/16 to 15 9/16 ahead of the earnings report.
The $1.7 million in sales marks a 65 percent jump from the year-ago quarter when it posted a loss of $8 million, or 71 cents a share, on sales of $1 million.
Company officials said subscriptions improved 54 percent from the first quarter to 16,027.
Last quarter, SoftNet posted a loss of $20.6 million, or 70 cents a share, on sales of $1.3 million.
Winstar hopes to parlay a strong first-quarter earnings report into some significant gains Friday.
It posted a loss of $176 million, or $2.06 a share, on sales of $162.8 million.
First Call Corp. consensus expected the broadband services firm to lose $2.39 a share in the quarter.
Ahead of the earnings report, Winstar shares closed up 2 7/16 to 43 3/8.
The $162.8 million in sales represents an 85 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $165 million, or $2.48 a share, on sales of $88 million.
In the quarter, the company achieved gross profit margins of 40.7 percent, up from 22.9 percent in the year-ago quarter and 35.4 percent in its fourth quarter.