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STOCKS TO WATCH: Go.com, Peapod and Talk.com

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Thursday's most actively traded issues: Go.com, Peapod, and Talk.com.

  • Go.com (NYSE: GO)

    Go.com might get a boost Thursday after it posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its third quarter, losing $52.6 million, or 34 cents a share, on sales of $86.3 million. It also announced it will change its name to Walt Disney Internet Group.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected the Internet portal to lose 45 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off 1/16 to 10 5/8.

    The $86.3 million in sales marks a 10 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it posted a loss of 20 cents a share, on sales of $78.2 million.

    Company officials said the name change will take effect Aug. 7 and the stock will begin trading under the ticker "DIG."

    Including a variety of charges, Go.com posted a net loss of $272.2 million, or $1.75 a share, compared to a net loss of $251.5 million, or $1.64 a share, in the year-ago quarter.

  • Peapod (Nasdaq: PPOD)

    Online grocer Peapod figures to slide Thursday after it missed analysts' estimates in its second quarter, losing $10.4 million, or 58 cents a share, on sales of $22.7 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected Peapod to lose 39 cents a share in the quarter.

    Peapod shares closed off 7/32 to 2 3/8 ahead of the earnings report.

    In the year-ago quarter, Peapod posted a loss of $4.9 million, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $17.1 million.

    Company officials said it had more than 135,000 customers at the end of June, up 47 percent from the same period last year. Repeat orders accounted for 91 percent of all the orders placed in the quarter and the average order size was $115.

    Peapod shares hit a 52-week high of 16 3/8 in November before falling to a low of 2 in May.

    All three analysts following the stock rate it a "hold."

  • Talk.com (Nasdaq: TALK)

    Keep an eye on Talk.com after it topped analysts' estimates in its second quarter, losing $891,000, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $135.8 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected it to lose 6 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off 7/16 to 4 11/16 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $135.8 million in sales represents a 16 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $14 million, or 22 cents a share, on sales of $117.1 million.

    Its shares hit a 52-week high of 22 7/8 in February.