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Matt Paolucci


Tuesday, January 16, 2001 |  by: Matt Paolucci
The Earnings Tests Begin
We have finally come to the meat of fourth quarter earnings season.

Thursday, June 27, 2000
Liberty and Microsoft to Provide Net Access to Japan
In the race to provide millions of Japanese customers with high-speed Internet access, Denver-based Liberty Media Group (LMGa) said it plans to combine its jointly owned cable television assets in Japan with those of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

Sunday, June 25, 2000
Investor Group Snaps up Johns Manville
Denver, Colo. based Johns Manville Corp. (JM) agreed Friday to be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of venture firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and investment underwriter Bear Stearns & Co. (BSC) for roughly $2.4 billion in cash and stock, plus debt.

Thursday, June 22, 2000
Can This Market Take A Punch?
Investors decided to take profits on Thursday, ending a five-day winning streak for the Nasdaq, not to mention an ugly day for the blue chips.

Thursday, June 15, 2000
Wake Me When It's June 27th
Like a lost puppy, the market continues to wander aimlessly from day to day, though we did see a little pick up in the closing minutes of trading.

Thursday, June 08, 2000
Rally 'Round the PPI...
Similar to last Friday, the market is once again looking to economic data for additional signs of a slowing economy and a clearer sense of direction.

Thursday, June 01, 2000
Today Was Nice, How About Some Follow Through
More evidence of a slowing economy helped light a fire beneath both the Dow and the Nasdaq on Thursday.

Thursday, May 25, 2000
A Second Day of Gains...Think Again
A downgrade on Goldman Sachs, a subsequent drubbing in the financial sector and more bad news for Microsoft all combined to ruin any hopes for a second day of big volume and continued gains.

Thursday, May 18, 2000
A Blind Market Without a Cane...
The market seems badly in need of some leadership.

Thursday, May 11, 2000
Another Head Fake?
After a two-day drop off in the Dow and a three-day drop in the Nasdaq, the market decided to give investors a little bit of the good stuff.

Thursday, May 04, 2000
The Market Waits Patiently
Stocks fell Thursday, as nervous investors opted to sell and take profits, amid apprehension concerning the April employment report and what Greenspan and Co. will do with interest rates.

Thursday, April 27, 2000
The Nasdaq Is Looking Pretty Good
After turning on CNBC this morning and seeing the S&P futures and Nasdaq futures limit down; it looked like the market was in serious trouble.

Tuesday, April 18, 2000
The Quickest Bear Market in Nasdaq History?
Just when you were thinking bear market, the Nasdaq decided to present its side of the story, logging in with two straight days of 200+ point gains.

Thursday, April 13, 2000
We're Close Now...
Well, if you've been waiting to place your latest Nasdaq bets in lieu of a possible bounce off Nasdaq 3,650, I've got good news, if you want to call it good news.

Sunday, April 09, 2000
Ground Hog Day?
If you didn't see the movie, forget the title, it won't make any sense.

Thursday, April 06, 2000
Nice and Easy
On slow news-days like today, writing the market wrap makes me feel a little like Elizabeth Taylor's eighth husband.

Sunday, April 02, 2000
NASDAQ Moves From Mid-February levels into April
Friday was a great reversal pattern for the tech stocks, but let's keep this in perspective.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Tech Stocks Back in Control?
Wednesday, the 'old economy' stocks fell victim to profit taking while tech stocks returned to business as usual.


Tuesday, June 27, 2000
Liberty and Microsoft to Provide Net Access to Japan
In the race to provide millions of Japanese customers with high-speed Internet access, Denver-based Liberty Media Group (LMGa) said it plans to combine its jointly owned cable television assets in Japan with those of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

Sunday, June 25, 2000
Investor Group Snaps up Johns Manville
Denver, Colo. based Johns Manville Corp. (JM) agreed Friday to be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of venture firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and investment underwriter Bear Stearns & Co. (BSC) for roughly $2.4 billion in cash and stock, plus debt.

Thursday, June 22, 2000
The Race to Buy Nabisco is On
Late Thursday, New York-based Philip Morris Cos. (MO) appears to be in the lead with a $55 per share bid to acquire all of Nabisco Holdings Corp. (NA), valuing the company at roughly $14.57 billion.

Wednesday, June 21, 2000
Sprint Worldcom Deal Hits Speed Bump
Shares of mega-merger candidates WorldCom Inc. (WCOM) and Sprint Corp. (FON) fell on Wednesday after a Washington Post report this morning said European antitrust authorities are in town to declare that they would block the $150 billion combination, based on current terms.

Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Streaming Media Getting Closer
Digital Island Inc. (ISLD), which provides hosting, content delivery, network management, and application services for e- business, announced it is working with Compaq Computer (CPQ), Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) to extend its infrastructure to provide broadcast-scale streaming media for the first time over the Internet.

Monday, June 19, 2000
Honeywell Warns of 2Q Shortfall
Blue chip Dow component Honeywell International (HON) is the second Dow company to issue an earnings warning in the past couple weeks.

Sunday, June 18, 2000
Rambus Soars on Toshiba Licensing Deal
Toshiba Corp. said it has extended its licensing of Rambus Inc.'s Technology, covering several types of high-speed memory and controllers that interface with memory.

Thursday, June 15, 2000
Approval of Bell Atlantic-GTE Merger Close
The $67 billion merger between Bell Atlantic Corp. (BEL) and GTE Corp. (GTE) could receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission as early as today, according to sources close to the deal.

Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Electro Scientific: At the Crossroads of Chip Equipment
In its mid-year forecast, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) predicted an annual compound growth rate of 20 percent through 2003 for the semiconductor industry.

Monday, June 12, 2000
Citrix Systems Plummets on Earnings Warning
Shares of Citrix Systems (CTXS), which makes software that enables networked computers to run Windows applications from a central server, dropped by as much as $19.50, or 52 percent today, after warning that second quarter earnings estimates would be substantially below Wall Street estimates.

Thursday, June 08, 2000
P&G's Chief Resigns, Warns of Flat 4Q
After 30 years with the company, Durk I. Jager, Proctor and Gamble's chairman, president and chief executive, announced he would retire at the beginning of next month.

Tuesday, June 06, 2000
Advanced Digital Looks Attractive
In the past, data storage was usually taken care of by companies such as EMC Corp. (EMC), IBM, or perhaps Storage Technology.

Sunday, June 04, 2000
American and Northwest in Talks?
According to folks familiar with the situation, AMR Corp. (AMR), the parent of American Airlines, has approached Northwest Airlines (NWAC) regarding the possibility of a merger, though the talks still seem to be in the early stages.

Sunday, June 04, 2000
Unilever Sweetens Bid For Bestfoods
Unilever NV (UN), according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, has sweetened its bid for Bestfoods (BFO) to more than $70 per share, to nearly $20 billion.

Tuesday, May 30, 2000
NTT DoCoMo To Buy Stake In Voicestream
According to sources, Japanese wireless giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. is in talks to acquire a 15 to 20 percent equity stake in Voicestream Wireless Corp. (VSTR), one of the few remaining independent wireless companies in the United States.

Tuesday, May 23, 2000
Time Warner to Launch
Time Warner Inc. (TWX) on Tuesday announced the launch of an electronic book-publishing business, called, which will explore new avenues for the production, distribution and sale of fiction and nonfiction developed strictly for the Web.

Thursday, May 18, 2000
Venator Beats Estimates, Sales Up 14 Percent
Venator Group Inc.(Z), formerly Woolworth's, said fiscal first-quarter results topped estimates as sales at its Foot Locker and Northern Group apparel stores exceeded expectations.

Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Tiffany's Beats Estimates
High-end jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. (TIF) said that a 26 percent growth in worldwide sales in its first quarter, combined with improved margins, resulted in net earnings growth of 88 percent.

Sunday, May 14, 2000
WPP Agrees To Buy Y&R For $4.7 Billion
British advertising giant WPP Group (WPPGY) agreed on Friday to acquire U.S.-based rival Young & Rubicam (YNR) for $4.7 billion in stock, creating the world's biggest advertising company.

Tuesday, May 09, 2000
Wal-Mart Beats 1Q Estimates
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), reported a 24 percent jump in first-quarter sales, while earnings rose almost 45 percent, exceeding Wall Street expectations.

Wednesday, May 04, 2000
Best Foods Rejects Bid From Unilever
Tuesday night, Dutch consumer goods conglomerate Unilever (UN) offered to buy U.S. food-company Bestfoods (BFO) in an $18.4 billion takeover bid.

Wednesday, May 03, 2000
Williams Crushes 1Q Estimates
U.S. energy group Williams Cos. Inc. (WMB) on Wednesday posted first-quarter operating profits that more than doubled from a year earlier, surpassing Wall Street estimates, as higher oil prices and stable natural gas prices boosted profit margins.

Sunday, April 30, 2000
Winstar Racks Up Four More MAA Contracts
Yesterday afternoon, Winstar Communications Inc. (WCII) announced it was awarded four additional Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) contracts...

Sunday, April 30, 2000
Ericsson Blows Away Wall Street Estimates
Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson (ERICY), the Swedish telecom equipment maker, said its first-quarter pretax profit soared roughly 370 percent...

Wednesday, April 26, 2000
LSI Narrowly Beats Estimates
LSI Logic Corp. (LSI) on Wednesday reported record fiscal 2000 revenues of $615 million, a 33 percent increase over the $464 million posted in the first quarter of 1999.

Sunday, April 23, 2000
Bristol Myers Beats 1Q Estimates, VANLEV delayed
New York-based Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMY) Thursday reported first quarter earnings beating Wall Street estimates by a penny.

Monday, April 17, 2000
Citigroup Posts Strong 1Q Results
Citigroup Inc. (C), the world's No. 1 financial services firm, reported a 51 percent rise in first-quarter profits to a record, propelled by big gains in its securities business and investment income, coupled with steady growth in its consumer banking division.

Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Unilever Buys Ben & Jerry's, Slim Fast
Consumer goods giant Unilever NV (UN) said Wednesday it has sagreed to buy U.S.-based SlimFast Foods Co. and Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. (BJICA) in a combined deal worth about $2.62 billion.

Wednesday, April 05, 2000
Visible Genetics Receives Upgrade
On Wednesday, Warburg Dillon analyst Geoffrey Harris initiated coverage of genomics company Visible Genetics Inc. (VGIN) with a Strong Buy rating and a 12-month price target of $89 per share.

Sunday, April 02, 2000
AT&T-led Consortium & Yahoo Taking Stake in Net2Phone
In the latest round in AT&T's war to gain a leg up over rival America Online...

Thursday, March 30, 2000
Terayon Secures Korean and Chinese Contracts
Terayon Communication Systems, Inc. (TERN), a leader in broadband networking systems, was selected by Shenzhen Topway Cable Net Company Limited (Shenzhen CATV), one of China's largest cable data net operators, for a major broadband deployment in China..

Tuesday, March 28, 2000
California Amplifier: Sleeper in the Wireless Arena?
According to International Data Corporation, more than 111 million people subscribed to wireless services in 1998, producing almost $40 billion in revenues.

Sunday, March 26, 2000
Four Aerospace Giants Plan B2B Exchange
This morning, the world's four largest aerospace companies announced that they were planning to launch a business-to-business online marketplace.

Sunday, March 26, 2000
Decimalization is on the Way
We've been hearing Congress talk about the decimalization of stock prices for the last couple of years.

Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Mitel Corporation: Voice Over IP Just Got Better
Real-time voice over-the-Internet is one challenge that still prevents us from the perfect Internet experience.

Thursday, March 16, 2000
Things are Runnin' Smooth at Waters Corporation
What comes to mind when you hear a name like Waters Corp?

Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Laserscope: Hair-Removal Just In Time For Summer
With summer only a few months away, going outside with just shorts and a T-shirt can sometimes leave a person feeling a bit uncomfortable.

Tuesday, March 07, 2000
Cable Design Technologies: A Tech Stock with Profits
What if I told that there is a cable and wireless company out there that trades on the prestigious New York Stock Exchange, is profitable and is only $30 per share.

Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Using Insider Transactions to Boost Returns
Investors are always looking for additional ways to analyze potential investments.

Tuesday, January 18, 2000
Citigroup beats 4Q estimates, announces acquisition, looks strong.
Citigroup, according to sources, is in talks to purchase the investment banking division of Schroders PLC of the United Kingdom.

Monday, January 10, 2000
Powering the next generation
What types of energy sources are going to help power our cars,


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Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 15
Krispy Kreme (KKD) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 21
Radian Group (RDN) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
FuelCell Energy (FCEL) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
SunGard Data Systems (SDS) splits 2:1
Diagnostic Products (DP) splits 2:1
Shuffle Master (SHFL) splits 3:2
Fred's Inc. (FRED) splits 5:4
Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) splits 3:2

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 18
Genesee & Wyoming (GNWR) splits 3:2
International Bancshares (IBOC) splits 5:4
Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) splits 7:5



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