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STOCKS TO WATCH: SpeedFam-IPEC, 3Com and Tibco Software

Expect the following technology stocks to be among Wednesday's most actively traded issues: SpeedFam-IPEC, 3Com and Tibco Software.

  • SpeedFam-IPEC (Nasdaq: SFAM)

    The chip-equipment maker should see some action Wednesday after it posted a loss of $7.6 million, or 25 cents a share, on sales of $74.7 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected it to lose 25 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off 88 cents to $12.50 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $74.7 million in sales marks a 48 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $11 million, or 37 cents a share, on sales of $50.3 million.

    "We continue to gain confidence in the long-term competitive advantages of our new Momentum(TM) universal CMP system," said CEO Richard Faubert in a prepared release. "We continue to see strong demand for CMP tools and expect to enjoy revenue growth of approximately 40 percent in fiscal year 2001 over the previous year, while growing market share on a year-over-year basis."

  • 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS)

    3Com figures to move higher Wednesday after it easily topped analysts' estimates in its first quarter, losing $41.3 million, or 12 cents a share, on sales of $933.8 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected 3Com to lose 33 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off 6 cents to $13.94 ahead of the earnings report.

    In the year-ago quarter, 3Com earned $113.7 million, or 32 cents a share, on sales of $1.2 billion.

    The $933.8 million in sales included $127.5 million from the exited analog modem and LAN/WAN high-end chassis businesses.

    In the quarter, 3Com's commercial consumer networks business posted sales of $631.9 million in the quarter, up 24 percent from the fourth quarter. Its carrier networking business reported sales of $167.2 million, up 7 percent from the prior quarter.

  • Tibco Software (Nasdaq: TIBX)

    Tibco Software should move higher after the supplier of high-speed data distribution software beat the Street in its third quarter.

    In the quarter, it earned $16.4 million, or 7 cents a share, on sales of $67.2 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected it to earn 5 cents a share.

    In the year-ago quarter, it lost $1.9 million, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $24 million.

    Software licensing sales jumped to $48.5 million in the third quarter from $13.2 million a year earlier.

    Its shares closed up $1.38 to $85 ahead of the earnings report.