Expect a non-stop parade of technology stocks moving on earnings to be among Wednesday's most active issues; IBM, Microsoft, PeopleSoft, RealNetworks and Xilinx are just a few.
The maker of digital video chips said third-quarter earnings rose to 32 cents a share, beating the 30-cent average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by First Call. C-Cube rose 1 15/16 to 37 1/16 before Tuesday's bell.
Big Blue will report its third-quarter earnings Wednesday with First Call consensus expecting a profit of 90 cents a share.
Last quarter, it pocketed 91 cents a share on sales of $21.9 billion.
IBM shares closed up 1/8 to 107 1/8 Tuesday.
Twenty-one of the 25 analysts following the stock maintain either a "buy" or "strong buy" recommendation.
The telecommunications software and services company said third-quarter earnings rose to 13 cents a share on higher revenue from its consulting services, beating an 8- cent average estimate of six analysts surveyed by First Call. Lightbridge was unchanged at 25 at market close Tuesday.
Microsoft flew past analysts' estimates in its first quarter Tuesday, earning $2.19 billion, or 38 cents a share, on sales of $5.38 billion.
Its shares closed off 1 9/16 to 86 5/16 but quickly jumped more than $3 a share in after-hours trading.
First Call consensus expected the software giant to earn 34 cents a share in the quarter. So-called "whisper" estimates winding through Wall Street Tuesday afternoon pegged it for a profit of 38 cents a share.
The $5.38 billion in sales represents an impressive 28 percent improvement compared to the year-ago quarter when it raked in $1.68 billion, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $4.19 billion.
Ironically, Microsoft officials earlier this quarter warned that the Redmond, Wash. company would have a difficult time maintaining its unparalleled growth rate.
Including a $156 million gain from the sale of its Sidewalk online guide, Microsoft pocketed 40 cents a share in the quarter.
Company officials said strong PC demand fueled the upside surprise. Furthermore, Microsoft expects that demand to continue through its second fiscal quarter.
Thirty-one of the 34 analysts following Microsoft maintain either a "buy" or "strong buy" recommendation on the stock.
PeopleSoft managed to beat Street estimates by a penny a share in its third quarter Tuesday, but its sales and earnings slumped dramatically from the year-ago period.
The Pleasanton, Calif. company earned $5.2 million, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $303 million.
The $303 million in sales represents a 16 percent decline compared to the year-ago period when it made $44.1 million, or 17 cents a share, on sales of $351 million.
Its shares closed up 3/16 to 15 ahead of the earnings report.
In the quarter, license fees represented $48.8 million of the company's total sales while services sales and international sales accounted for $245.7 million and $59.4 million, respectively.
PeopleSoft shares have slumped of late after hitting a 52-week high of 26 5/8 last October.
RealNetworks slipped past analysts' estimates in its third quarter Tuesday, earning $4.4 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $34.9 million.
First Call consensus expected the online broadcaster to earn 4 cents a share in the quarter.
The $34.9 million in sales marks a 97 percent improvement versus the year-ago period when it lost $2.5 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $17.6 million.
"This quarter represents a significant achievement for RealNetworks," said CEO Rob Glaser in a prepared release. "In addition to achieving our 17th consecutive quarter of increased revenue, we have reached the important milestone of profitability."
RealNetworks shares closed up 7 13/16 to 103 7/8 ahead of the earnings report.
The provider of customer-service and call-center software posted a higher-than-expected third- quarter profit. Earnings rose to 27 cents a share from 14 cents a year ago. Siebel rose 1 5/16 to 84 3/4 before Tuesday's bell.
The maker of computer servers said it will announce the acquisition of a software maker on a conference call at 8 a.m. San Francisco time. It wasn't more specific. Sun rose 1/2 to 94 1/16.
The maker of semiconductor equipment reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings of 35 cents a share, beating First Call's estimate of 31 cents a share. Teradyne fell 1 to 32 1/2.
Xilinx hurdled analysts' estimates in its second quarter Tuesday, earning $59.2 million, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $238.8 million. It also set a 2-for-1 stock split.
First Call consensus expected the chipmaker to earn 33 cents a share.
Xilinx shares finished up 7/16 to 68 5/8 ahead of the earnings report.
Including a one-time acquisition charge of $4.6 million related to the acquisition of Philip's CPLD business, Xilinx earned $56 million, or 33 cents a share, in the quarter.
The $238.8 million in sales represents a 53 percent jump compared to the year-ago period when it earned $27.8 million, or 19 cents a share, on sales of $156.5 million.
Last quarter, Xilinx earned $51.6 million, or 31 cents a share, on sales of $211.4 million.
Xilinx officials said the 2-for-1 split will take effect Dec. 27 for shareholders of record on Dec. 17.