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STOCKS TO WATCH: Dell, Learning Tree, LSI and NetObjects

    Expect the following technology stocks to be among Friday's most actively traded issues: Dell, Learning Tree, LSI Logic and NetObjects.

  • Dell Computer (Nasdaq: DELL)

    Yes, Dell did meet analysts' estimates in its third quarter but how did they do it?

    The PC maker earned $674 million, or 25 cents a share, on sales of $8.26 billion.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected the PC maker to earn 25 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed off $1.94 to $28.38.

    The $8.26 billion in sales represents a 22 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $483 million, or 18 cents a share, on sales of $6.78 billion.

    However, at least one analyst suggested Dell did by stuffing the channel and cutting prices.

    Most analysts were predicting sales of between $8 to $8.5 billion in the quarter.

  • Learning Tree (Nasdaq: LTRE)

    Learning Tree should get a lift after it beat the Street in its fourth quarter, raking in $9.1 million, or 40 cents a share, on sales of $58.6 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus predicted the provider of education and information technology training to earn 36 cents a share in the quarter.

    Ahead of the earnings report, Learning Tree shares closed off 38 cents to $46.

    The $58.6 million in sales marks a 21 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $5.7 million, or 26 cents a share, on sales of $48.5 million.

  • LSI Logic (NYSE: LSI)

    LSI will be active after it confirmed that its comfortable with analysts' sales and earnings estimates in its fourth quarter.

    LSI shares closed off $1.44 to $26.81 ahead of the announcement.

    "In view of the extraordinary market volatility, we believe it is prudent at this time to reiterate the guidance we provided to investors last month," said CEO Wil Corrigan in a prepared release.

    Last quarter, LSI earned $114 million, or 33 cents a share, on sales of $728 million.

    Company officials are expecting gross profit margins of 44 percent in the quarter and gains from investments of around $15 million.

  • NetObjects (Nasdaq: NETO)

    NetObjects should be roughed up Friday after it fell short of analysts' estimates in its fourth quarter, losing $8 million, or 25 cents a share, on sales of $5.4 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus expected it to lose 16 cents a share in the quarter.

    NetObjects shares closed unchanged at $2.50 a share ahead of the earnings report.

    The $5.4 million in sales marks a 7 percent decline from the year-ago quarter when it lost $4 million, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $5.8 million.