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The week ahead: VA Linux, Drkoop earnings

The Federal Open Market Committee will meet Tuesday, and the consensus among analysts is that the central bank will sit tight and not raise interest rates.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 21-25.

The Federal Open Market Committee will meet Tuesday. The consensus among analysts is that the central bank will sit tight and not raise interest rates.

VA Linux Systems and Drkoop.com are both expected to announce earnings this week. Earlier this month, shareholders filed a suit against DrKoop.com for failing to disclose a negative report on the company.

The information was gathered from First Call/Thomson Financial, CCBN's StreetEvents, and CNET Investor.

Monday, Aug. 21

Earnings:

American Software develops and supports application software solutions; the software automates many planning and operational functions in the areas of enterprise resource planning, flow manufacturing, e-commerce solutions, and logility value chain solutions. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 8 cents.

Excalibur Technologies designs and markets knowledge retrieval software solutions; the products enable individuals to quickly access, search, and retrieve relevant information residing on an enterprise's networks, intranets, extranets and the Internet. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 3 cents.

CFM Technologies makes advanced processing equipment for sale to the worldwide semiconductor and flat panel display industries; Full-Flow enclosed processing and Direct-Displacement drying technologies perform various critical cleaning, etching, and photoresist stripping process steps. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 50 cents.

Other events:

Affymetrix will split its stock 2-for-1.

Advanced Micro Devices will split its stock 2-for-1.

Cable Design Technologies will split its stock 2-for-1.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Economic reports:

The Federal Open Market Committee will meet and is expected not to raise interest rates.

Earnings:

C&D Technologies produces integrated reserve power systems for telecommunications, electronic information, and industrial applications. Per-share consensus estimate: 44 cents.

Caldera Systems enables the development of Linux specialized servers and Internet access devices that simplify computing; software products and service offerings are designed to meet the needs of business over the Internet. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 24 cents.

SCB Computer Technologies provides information technology management and technical services to Fortune 500 companies and state and local governments; services include consulting, outsourcing, enterprise resource planning, and professional staffing. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A

Intuit develops and markets software products and related services; the company provides software units that allow households and small businesses to automate financial tasks, including accounting and personal finances. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 9 cents.

Finisar provides fiber-optic subsystems and network performance test systems which enable high-speed data communications over local-area networks and storage-area networks. Per-share consensus estimate: 2 cents.

NETsilicon develops and markets semiconductor devices and software designed to meet the networking requirements of embedded systems; products are used in printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, and multi-function peripherals manufactured by original equipment manufacturers. Per-share consensus estimate: 4 cents.

QAD Inc. provides software to allow manufacturers to reduce order fulfillment cycle times and inventories, improve operating efficiencies, and measure company performance criteria. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A

Sigma Designs makes multimedia products for use with personal computers. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

Semtech designs a wide range of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, including integrated circuits, discrete circuits, and assembly products; devices are used in computer, communications, industrial, military-aerospace, and automotive applications. Per-share consensus estimate: 34 cents.

Software Spectrum supplies personal computer software and technology services to organizations. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Earnings:

Intasys Corp. designs, develops, and markets customer care and billing software solutions for client corporations in telecommunications and other industries. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

Leitch Technology Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

Omnivision Technologies. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

SBE designs and sells communication controller solutions, enabling both traditional carriers and new emerging carriers to deliver communications products and services. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A

FirePond makes software and services that allow companies to merge their e-commerce selling, customer relationship management, and channel management strategies on a single, Internet-based platform. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 14 cents.

VA Linux Systems develops computers and software for the Linux operating system. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 15 cents.

Vicinity is a provider of Internet-based marketing infrastructure services; its products enable clients to direct consumers searching for a specific product or service to the nearest location that carries that product or service. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 17 cents.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Economic reports:

Durable Orders are expected to fall 6 percent for the month of July.

Earnings:

1-800-FLOWERS.COM is an e-commerce site that sells floral products and gifts. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A

Zygo designs, develops, manufactures and markets measurement and yield improvement instruments, systems, and accessories used in high-tech industries. Per-share consensus estimate: 14 cents.

Vtel provides video networking software, service and systems to corporations, health care facilities, educational institutions, and government operations. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 25 cents.

Friday, Aug. 25

Also scheduled to announce earnings this week:

Drkoop.com provides users with health care information on a variety of subjects; The Web site also offers access to medical databases and real-time medical news. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 20 cents.