A profit alert from Harbinger Corp., a provider of payment software and electronic data interchange services, triggered a steep decline in its share price.

It fell $3 Thursday, to $4.25, after the Atlanta company said third- quarter revenues would be $2 million below the expected $37 million. Per- share earnings from operations will be between 4 cents and 8 cents, the company said; the Wall Street consensus estimate was 11 cents, according to First Call.

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