Cablevision Drops After Earnings Report

Scientific-Atlanta climbs; Weight Watchers declines; plus more of today's stocks in the news

Cablevision Systems (CVC ) shares fell Tuesday after the cable operator posted 36% higher first-quarter consolidated adjusted EBITDA on an 8% revenue rise. The company reported a first-quarter loss from continuing operations of 43 cents per share. It cut its telecommunication services adjusted EBITDA growth estimate to 16% to 18% due to higher programming costs.

Avanex (AVNX ) shares rose on news that Corning (GLW ) will sell a large portion of its photonic technology business to Avanex. Separately, Avanex will buy Alcatel Optronics. Raymond James upgraded Avanex.

Thomas Weisel reiterated an outperform rating on Scientific-Atlanta (SFA ). On Monday the maker of broadband products, including set-top boxes, introduced a portfolio of radio frequency-based telecommunications solutions.

Salton (SFP ) posted a $1.08 third-quarter loss per share, vs. 26 cents earnings per share, on 12% lower sales. The appliance maker, which markets George Foreman and Juiceman products, among others, says it's difficult to provide fourth-quarter guidance at this point. S&P downgraded.

Weight Watchers (WTW ) shares fell after the provider of diet programs posted 39 cents, vs. 33 cents, first-quarter earnings per share from operations on an 18% revenue rise. Its profit of 37 cents a share, which includes a 2-cent negative impact from the mark-to-market of the company's euro-dominated debt, was a penny below the consensus estimate. In a conference call, Weight Watchers said it expects flat growth in organic attendance (which excludes acquisitions) for the second quarter.

J.P. Morgan downgraded supply-chain management services firm USF Corp. (USFC ) to neutral from overweight.

CIBC World sees Skyworks Solutions (SWKS ) gaining market share in all product lines in the second half of the year, and reiterates sector outperform.

Interdigital Communications (IDCC ) posted 45 cents first-quarter earnings per share, vs. breakeven, on a 78% revenue rise, recognition of royalties, a litigation settlement, lower operating costs, and a lower tax rate.

Packaged Ice (ICY ) agreed to be acquired by a new entity formed by Trimaran Capital Partners and Bear Stearns Merchant Banking for $3.62 per share.

Dutch food-service giant Ahold (AHO ) accepted the resignation of Jim Miller, president and CEO of U.S. Foodservice.

Enzon Pharmaceuticals (ENZN ) shares fell after the drug maker says it will comment on its third-quarter conference call after the market close on Schering-Plough's (SGP ) PEG-INTRON's sales, on which Enzon receives royalties. Schering-Plough reported worldwide sales of the INTRON franchise were down 7% in the first quarter.

Seperately, Schering-Plough posted 12 cents, vs. 41 cents, first-quarter earnings per share on a 19% sale drop, citing a loss of Claritin sales after the allergy drug became available without a prescription at a big discount to its former price. Schering withdrew the 75 cents to 85 cents 2003 earnings per share guidance.

QLT (QLTI ) discontinued its current Phase III tariquidar trials in non-small cell lung cancer. The decision was made following a recommendation by an Independent Data and Safety Monitoring Committee.

Wal-Mart (WMT ), the world's largest retailer, posted 42 cents, vs. 37 cents a year ago, first-quarter earnings per share on a 9.7% sales rise -- meeting analysts' average estimates. Profit was reduced by 2 cents a share, due to a new rule on how Wal-Mart accounts for money received from suppliers for promoting products.

J.C. Penney (JCP ) reported first-quarter earnings per share of 20 cents, vs. 29 cents a year ago, on 3% lower total sales. The department store chain maintained its second-quarter guidance.

Specialty retailer Pacific Sunwear (PSUN ) posted 16 cents, vs. 7 cents, first-quarter earnings per share on 13% higher same store sales, and 23% higher total sales. Prudential and CIBC World raised their estimates. S&P maintains accumulate.

Martha Stewart Living (MSO ) is in talks with the U.S. Justice Dept. about settling its insider trading probe, according to the Financial Times.

Medical Staffing (MRN ) posted 17 cents, vs. 13 cents, first-quarter earnings per share on a 40% revenue rise. It withdrew the prior annual guidance. CS First Boston downgraded to underperform from outperform.

Lehman Brothers upgraded West Corp. (WSTC ) to overweight from equal-weight.

Bear Stearns upgraded AmeriCredit (ACF ) to peer perform from underperform.

First Albany downgraded Computer Network Technology (CMNT ) to neutral from buy.

Media giant News Corp. (NWS ) posted 23 cents, vs. 18 cents, third-quarter EPADS on 14% higher revenues.

Hanover Compressor (HC ) posted 2 cents, vs. 6 cents, first-quarter earnings per share from continuing operations (excluding a charge for securities litigation) despite a 7.1% revenue rise.

Tellabs (TLAB ) will acquire Vivace Networks, a developer of flexible, higher performance multiservice IP edge switches, for $135 million in cash and employee stock options.

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