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STOCKS TO WATCH: Crossroads Systems, Intuit and VA Linux

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Tuesday's most actively traded issues: Crossroads Systems, Intuit and VA Linux.

  • Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS)

    Investors will be watching Crossroads ahead of its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday.

    First Call Corp. consensus expects it to lose 19 cents a share in the quarter on sales of $8.8 million.

    Last quarter, Crossroads managed to top analysts' estimates when it posted a loss of $4.8 million, or 18 cents a share, on sales of $8.4 million.

    Its shares closed off $1.06 a share to $7.88 Friday.

    Four of the five analysts tracking the stock rate it a "hold."

  • Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU)

    It's that time of the year for taxpayers, so it must be time for another good quarter from the financial software developer.

    Intuit is expected to return a profit of 45 cents a share in its second quarter Tuesday on sales of $462.6 million.

    Intuit does the overwhelming majority of its business in the second and third quarters as customers flock to its TurboTax program to appease Uncle Sam.

    Last quarter, Intuit beat the Street when it posted a loss of $21.4 million, or 10 cents a share, on sales of $187.5 million.

    The stock closed off $1.75 to $34.81.

    Fourteen of the 16 analysts following the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."

  • VA Linux Systems (Nasdaq: LNUX)

    How things have changed for Linux-related stocks.

    This time last year, VA Linux was trading at $130 a share. On Friday, it closed off 38 cents to $7.75.

    Analysts are expecting it to lose 26 cents a share in its second quarter Tuesday following its ominous profit warning earlier this quarter.

    Analysts are now expecting sales of between $43 million and $50 million.

    Last quarter, VA Linux lost $7 million, or 15 cents a share, on sales of $56.1 million.