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STOCKS TO WATCH: Apple, Citrix, Commerce One, Excite@Home and Informix

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Thursday's most actively traded issues: Apple, Citrix Systems, Commerce One, Excite@Home and Informix.

  • Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)

    Apple shares should catch fire Thursday after the PC maker easily topped analysts' estimates in its second quarter and set a 2-for-1 stock split, its first since June 1987.

    Apple raked in $160 million, or 88 cents a share, on sales of $1.94 billion.

    First Call consensus expected it to earn 81 cents a share in the quarter.

    Ahead of the earnings report, its shares fell 5 3/4 to 121 1/8.

    Including the proceeds from the sale of 1.5 million shares of ARM Holdings, Apple earned $233 million, or $1.28 a share.

    In the quarter, Apple sold just over 1 million units, a 26 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter.

    Company officials said strong demand for its PowerMac G4s and new PowerBook units fueled the upside surprise.

  • Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS)

    Citrix Systems looks to make some nice gains after it hurdled analysts' estimates in its first quarter, pocketing $43.9 million, or 21 cents a share, on sales of $127.5 million.

    First Call consensus expected software developer to earn 19 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off 7/8 to 65 1/4 ahead of the earnings report.

    Including the amortization of intangible assets relating to business combinations, Citrix earned $38.5 million, or 19 cents a share, in the quarter.

    The $127.5 million in sales marks a 50 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $28.2 million, or 15 cents a share, on sales of $85 million.

  • Commerce One (Nasdaq: CMRC)

    Commerce One posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its first quarter, dropping $14 million, or 9 cents a share.

    Analysts predicted it would lose 12 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed up 13 1/16 to 95 7/16 ahead of the earnings report before surging to 98 1/16 in after-hours trading.

    Including all expenses, Commerce One lost $12.3 million, or 14 cents per share.

  • Excite@Home Corp. (Nasdaq: ATHM)

    Excite@Home should take a pounding Thursday after it missed analysts' estimates in its first quarter and said it will report an operating loss of between 25 cents and 30 cents a share this year.

    It posted a loss of $4.6 million, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $138 million.

    First Call consensus expected it to break even in the quarter.

    Excite@Home shares fell 2 15/16 to 19 15/16 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $138 million in sales represents a 75 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $6 million, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $78.7 million.

    In its release, company officials said it will increase its international spending, resulting in a likely operating loss of between 25 cents to 30 cents a share in the fiscal year.

    Analysts were expecting a profit of 10 cents a share this year.

    Excite@Home shares have fallen on hard times of late, slumping to a 52-week low of 18 1/16 earlier this month after surging as high as 84 13/16 last April.

  • Informix Corp. (Nasdaq: IFMX)

    Informix strolled past Street estimates in its first quarter Wednesday, posting a profit of $27 million, or 9 cents a share, on sales of $250.9 million.

    First Call consensus expected the database software developer to earn 8 cents a share in the quarter.

    Ahead of the earnings report, its shares closed off 1/16 to 16 15/16.

    Informix said its Web business jumped 352 percent from the year-ago period while its business intelligence unit reported a 42 percent improvement.

    Last quarter, it earned $45.4 million, or 21 cents a share, on sales of $251.1 million.

    Its shares hit a 52-week high of 21 1/4 earlier this month after wilting to a low of 6 in September.