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STOCKS TO WATCH: Engage, Hummingbird and Novell

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Tuesday's most actively traded issues: Engage Technologies, Hummingbird and Novell.

  • Engage Technologies (Nasdaq: ENGA)

    The online advertising and marketing services firm topped analysts' reduced estimates in its second quarter, losing $41.3 million, or 21 cents a share, on sales of $28.1 million.

    Analysts surveyed by First Call Corp. predicted it would lose 26 cents a share in the quarter.

    Engage shares closed off 9 cents to 97 cents ahead of the report before moving up to $1 a share in after-hours trading.

    Company executives said it expects to lose between 12 cents and 15 cents a share in its third quarter on sales of between $24 million and $26 million. It sees fourth-quarter sales coming in between $25 million and $28 million with a loss of between 7 cents and 10 cents a share.

    Analysts were predicting a loss of 19 cents and 16 cents a share in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

  • Hummingbird (Nasdaq: HUMC)

    The software developer warned Monday that it will miss analysts' estimates in its second quarter.

    Company executives said it now expects to earn between 33 cents and 37 cents a share in the quarter on sales of between $57 million and $60 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected it to earn 44 cents a share on sales of $64.5 million.

    Its shares closed off 6 cents to $28.13 ahead of the warning before falling to $26 in after-hours trading.

    Last quarter, it earned $7.6 million, or 41 cents a share, on sales of $60.4 million.

    Its shares moved as high as $58.94 last March before falling to a low of $23 in October.

  • Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL)

    Novell should be worth watching Tuesday after it announced late Monday it will buy computer consultancy Cambridge Technology Partners (Nasdaq: CATP) in a $266 million in stock.

    Novell executives said it will exchange 0.668 shares of Novell common stock for every outstanding share of Cambridge, Mass.-based Cambridge Technology Partners. The transaction value is based on Novell's closing stock price of $6.06 on Friday.

    The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of each company. Cambridge will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Novell.

    Novell shares finished off 25 cents to $5.81 ahead of the news. Cambridge Technology shares trimmed 21 cents to $3.09 before moving up to $3.65 in after-hours trading.