Manugistics (Nasdaq: MANU) shot up 39 percent Thursday after it reported a first-quarter loss of $1.2 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $50.5 million Wednesday, in line with most analysts' estimates.
Shares were up 9 3/16 to 34 11/16. First Call was expecting the company to report a loss of 4 cents a share.
The stock also got an upgrade from Deutsche Bc Alex Brown, who raised the stock from "buy" to "strong buy."
The $50.5 million in sales represents a 29 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $400,000, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $39.2 million.
In the quarter, Manugistics' licensing sales surged to $26 million, up 98 percent from the $13.1 million it recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Last quarter, Manugistics beat the Street estimate when it posted a loss of $1.1 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $43.7 million.
The company competes with i2 technologies (Nasdaq: ITWO) and Logility (Nasdaq: LGTY).