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STOCKS TO WATCH: Terra, CA, Lycos, Brocade

    Quarterly results and market buzz about a potential Internet merger could move stocks. Brocade, Computer Associates, Credence Systems, Lycos, Terra and Quantum Effect Devices should be among Tuesday's most actively traded issues.

    Computer Associates (NYSE: CA)

    The business software vendor met estimates in the fourth quarter. CA reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $551 million, or $1.13 per share, not counting one-time charges. That was in line with First Call consensus, and on target with CA's preannouncement last week.

    Brocade Communications Systems (Nasdaq: BRCD)

    The largest vendor of switches for fibre channel storage networks hurdled analyst forecasts in the second quarter. Brocade reported fiscal second quarter net income of $13.3 million, or 11 cents per share. First Call's survey of 15 analysts predicted a profit of 8 cents per share for the quarter ended April 29.

    Credence Systems Corp (Nasdaq: CMOS)

    The maker of automated semiconductor-testing equipment said it had net income of $1.26 a share for its second quarter ended April 30, beating the 89-cent average estimate from by First Call. Credence closed up 1 5/8 to 135 Monday.

    Lycos (Nasdaq: LCOS) and Terra Networks (Nasdaq: TRRA)

    A merger agreement valued at more than $10 billion could be announced by the two companies as early as Tuesday afternoon, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

    A deal would bring together Terra's nearly two million mostly Spanish and Portuguese-speaking subscribers and Lycos' online programming, creating one of the world's four biggest Internet companies.

    Quantum Effect Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: QEDI)

    The maker of embedded microprocessors said its Chief Financial Officer, Howard Bailey, has resigned for personal reasons. Quantum rose 7/8 to 60 7/8 before Monday's close.>