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Cisco Meets Street's EPS Target

After the close of trading Tuesday, Cisco Systems (CSCO) posted 22 cents pro forma second-quarter earnings per share and revenue of $6.06 billion. Street estimates predicted 22 cents second-quarter earnings per share and revenue $6.126 billion for the technology giant.

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) posted 10 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share, vs. a 70-cent loss despite a 4.7% revenue drop. The company notes fourth-quarter signings fell short of target. It sees $4.8 billion t $5 billion in first-quarter revenue, breakeven to 5 cents earnings per share. It sees $20 billion to $21 billion in 2005 revenue and 50 cents to 60 cents earnings per share.

UBS (UBS) posted 12% higher fourth-quarter profits on $9.85 billion in revenues. The bank announced a 15% dividend increase as well as a share buyback program worth $4.08 billion.

Taser International (TASR) posted lower-than-expected 8 cents, vs. 5 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share on a 79% sales rise.

Marriott International (MAR) posted 79 cents, vs. 69 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share on a 9.4% revenue rise. The company sees North American REVPAR growth for 2005 of 7% to 9%. It sees $2.73 to $2.83 2005 earnings per share, excluding the impact of option expensing and costs related to new bedding incentive program.

Toll Brothers (TOL) reported first-quarter contracts of about $1.44 billion, 60% higher over a year ago. It says with strong first-quarter results, it is on track for 40%-plus net income growth it forecast for fiscal 2005.

Previously undisclosed Merck (MRK) documents show that it was poised to a begin study of Vioxx in 2002 but abruptly dropped the project just before it was set to start, according to the New York Times.

McDonald's (MCD) posted 5.2% higher January comparable sales for restaurants worldwide and 8.3% higher global systemwide sales.

Merrill downgrades Nike (NKE) to neutral from buy.

Ariba (ARBA) says the jury found the company liable for infringing three U.S. patents held by ePlus Inc.

Federal prosecutors charged W.R. Grace & Co. (GRA) with exposing mine workers and residents in a small community in Montana to deadly asbestos and covering up the danger, according to the Washington Post.

Business Objects (BOBJ) posted 24 cents fourth-quarter earnings per ADS, vs. a 12-cent loss (GAAP) on a 45% revenue rise. It sees $235 million to $240 million in first-quarter revenue and 13 cents to 16 cents earnings per share (GAAP). The company sses $1.000 billion to $1.025 billion in 2005 revenue and 80 cents to 90 cents earnings per share. Wachovia reportedly upgrades.

Lincare Holdings (LNCR) posted lower-than-expected 68 cents, vs. 59 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share. The company discloses one of its pharmacies received an FDA warning letter and confirmed that the FBI last month searched a Fla. businesses related to Lincare. S&P reiterates hold.

Earthlink (ELNK) posted 23 cents, vs. 7 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share as greater operational efficiencies and lower telecommunications costs offset a 3% revenue decline. The company says its customer base declined by 14,000 during the fourth quarter. It sees $1.3 billion to $1.34 billion in 2005 revenue.

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