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Internets Couldn't Make It Eight in a Row

After seven straight days of gains, Internet stocks finally fell off their winning pace Thursday.

internet.com's Internet Stock Index tumbled 23.26, or 4.79 percent, to 461.83, the Nasdaq Composite plunged 36.05 to 2,621.68 and the Dow Jones industrial average fell 29.76 to 10,961.62.

The Commerce Department reported the trade deficit widened to $24.62 billion in June from $21.16 billion in May. Last month's figure was sharply higher than the $20.6 billion economists had forecast.

Priceline.com (PCLN) fell 4-1/4 to 66-1/2, even though analyst Keith Benjamin, of BancBoston Robertson Stephens, made positive comments on the stock. He has a "strong buy" recommendation.

The Internet sell-off was broad. Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) was down 5-7/8 to 139-3/16, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) fell 7 to 106-1/8, America Online Inc. (AOL) slumped 3-5/16 to 95-7/8, CMGI Inc. (CMGI) was off 6-9/16 to 78-3/4, Lycos (LCOS) fell 3-1/16 to 41-11/16 and eBay Inc. (EBAY) lost 12-3/16 to 113-3/4.

All the news wasn't bad, however. Onsale (ONSL) was up 1-3/8 to 17-5/8. The online auctioneer late Wednesday said third-quarter revenues will grow 12 percent, beating current forecasts. It also expects to reach profitability over the next two quarters.

That report also benefitted Egghead.com (EGGS) which in July agreed to merge with Onsale. Egghead was up 1-1/8 to 8-7/8.

Inktomi Corp. (INKT) was off 9-13/16 to 109-3/16. That came despite Thomas Weisel Partners reiterating its "strong buy" rating.

Ameritrade Holdings (AMTD) fell 2-3/16 to 21-5/8. Lehman Brothers cuts its fourth quarter forecasts from a 2-cent profit to a 6-cent loss.

Online job site Heathunter.net (HHNT) was the sector's only debut. The stock rose 3/16 to 10-3/16.

In other IPO news, online search directory LookSmart Inc. reduced the number of shares for its upcoming IPO from 12 million to 9 million. The price range is $11-$13.

Also, Bamboo.com and Tunes.com postponed their IPOs today.

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