Expect the following technology stocks to be among Thursday's most actively traded issues: FirePond, J.D. Edwards and VA Linux.
FirePond shares should be active after the software developer topped analysts' estimates in its third quarter, posting a loss of $1 million, or 3 cents a share, on sales of $17.3 million.
First Call Corp. consensus expected the software developer to lose 14 cents a share in the quarter.
Its shares closed up 1/8 to 19 7/8 ahead of the earnings report.
In the year-ago quarter, FirePond lost $5.9 million, or 22 cents a share, on sales of $8.7 million.
FirePond shares soared up to an all-time high of 108 shortly after its March initial public offering before falling to a low of 14 in April.
Both analysts following the stock maintain a "buy" rating.
Analysts expect it to lose 48 cents a share in the fiscal year.
J.D. Edwards looks to move higher Thursday after beating the Street in its third quarter.
The maker of supply chain management software earned $2.3 million, or 2 cents a share, on sales of $261.1 million.
Analysts were expecting a profit of 1 cent a share in the quarter.
Its shares slid to 23 5/16 in after-hours trading after falling 5/16 to 23 1/2 ahead of the earnings report.
The $261.1 million in sales was slightly above the $240 million to $260 million range anticipated by J.D. Edwards in its preannouncement almost three weeks ago.
License fees rose 56 percent year-over-year to $116.7 million, higher than the predicted range of $109 million to $114 million. Half of that license total came from contracts valued at more than $1 million, the company said.
Services revenue of $144.4 million was down from $157.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
VA Linux will be worth watching Thursday after it easily beat the Street in its fourth quarter, losing $4 million, or 10 cents a share, on sales of $50.7 million.
First Call Corp. consensus expected the maker of Linux-based operating system software to lose 15 cents a share in the quarter.
Its shares closed up 1 1/8 to 37 1/8 ahead of the earnings report. The moved up to 39 5/8 in after hours trading.
The $50.7 million in sales marks an impressive 547 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $7.9 million, or 34 cents a share, on sales of $7.8 million.
For the fiscal year, VA Linux lost $23 million, or 68 cents a share, on sales of $120.3 million. In fiscal 1999, it lost $12.2 million, or 85 cents a share, on sales of $17.7 million.
Analysts are forecasting a loss of 38 cents a share in fiscal 2001.