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STOCKS TO WATCH: Cheap Tickets, eBay, Pixar and Talk.com

Expect the following technology stocks to be among Tuesday's most actively traded issues: Cheap Tickets, eBay, Pixar, Remedy and Talk.com.

  • Cheap Tickets Inc. (Nasdaq: CTIX)

    The online airline ticket seller beat Street estimates in its second quarter, earning $3.2 million, or 15 cents a share, on sales of $102.6 million.

    First Call consensus expected it to earn 8 cents a share in the quarter.

    That $102.6 million in sales represents 131 percent from the $48.2 million it recorded in the year-ago period.

    Phone sales and other revenue accounted for $75.5 million of net revenues in the second quarter this year.

    Cheap Tickets added more than 450,000 registered users, bringing the total to more than $1.2 million.

    Overall gross margin stayed even at 19.1 percent. More than 72 percent of gross bookings came from non-published fares, compared to 65 percent in the year earlier period.

  • eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY)

    eBay topped analysts' estimates by a penny a share in its second quarter Monday, earning $5.1 million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $49.5 million.

    First Call consensus pegged eBay for a profit of 3 cents a share in the quarter.

    The stock closed off 3 7.16 to 104 3/8 ahead of the earnings report but made back that loss in after-market trading.

    The $49.5 million in sales represents a 154 percent improvement versus the year-ago quarter when it pocketed $5.2 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $19.5 million.

    In the quarter, eBay added 1.7 million registered users, giving it a total of 5.6 million users at the end of June, a 46 percent jump from the first quarter and a 556 percent explosion from the year-ago quarter.

    eBay hosted 29.4 million auctions during the quarter, up from 22.9 million in the first quarter. Its gross merchandise sales were $622 million, up 15 percent from the $541 million reported in the first quarter of 1999 and a 346 percent compared to the year-ago quarter.

    "We have tremendous momentum in our flagship business," said CEO Meg Whitman in a prepared release. "Our community continues to expand at a rate higher than the Internet in general."

    Last quarter, eBay beat Street estimates, earning $5.9 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $34 million.

    Its shares moved up to a 52-week high of 234 in April after trading at a low of 8 3/8 in October.

    Twelve of the 15 analysts following the stock maintain either a "buy" or "strong buy" recommendation.

    First Call consensus expects the San Jose, Calif. company to earn 20 cents a share in the fiscal year.

  • Pixar Animation Studios Inc. (Nasdaq: PIXR)

    Pixar earned $6.4 million, or 13 cents a share in the second quarter. First Call's survey of right analysts predicted a profit of 11 cents a share for the quarter ended July 3.

    The computer animation company posted second quarter of $13.5 million compared with $3.8 million a year earlier.

    Pixar's earnings and revenues ebb and flow as new movies are released. The company's next production, Toy Story 2, is scheduled for release November, but the company has no feature film on the calendar for 2000, which has led a couple of analysts to downgrade the stock over the last two months.

  • Remedy Corp. (Nasdaq: RMDY)

    Remedy blew past analysts' estimates in its second quarter Monday, raking in $6.2 million, or 21 cents a share, on sales of $53 million.

    First Call consensus expected the Mountain View, Calif. company to earn 18 cents a share in the quarter.

    The $53 million in sales represents a 45 percent jump compared to the year-ago quarter when it returned a profit of 16 cents a share on sales of $36.6 million.

    Remedy shares peaked at 29 3/8 in July after falling to a 52-week low of 7 9/16 in October.

    Seven of the nine analysts following the stock maintain either a "buy" or "strong buy" recommendation.

  • Talk.com Inc. (Nasdaq: TALK)

    Talk.com hustled past analysts' estimates in its second quarter Monday, earning $14 million, or 22 cents a share, on sales of $117.1 million.

    First Call consensus expected the Reston, Va. company for a profit of 20 cents a share.

    In the year-ago quarter, Talk.com, formerly known as Tel-Save.com, lost $96.1 million, or $1.49 a share, on sales of $110.6 million.

    In the quarter, registered online accounts grew from slightly more than 1 million customers in March to 1.2 million in the month of June. The number of calls billed online increased by more than 19 percent from March to June.

    Company officials said it expects quarterly sequential revenue growth from online customers from the second quarter to the third quarter to exceed 15 percent based on the success of its marketing programs in late May and June.

    Gross profit margins improved to 37.3 percent in the quarter from 32.4 percent in the first quarter.

    All three analysts following the stock maintain a "strong buy" recommendation.