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Profit-Taking Takes Indices Lower

Internet issues finished lower on Friday despite several high-profile Internet issues debuting on the public market.

internet.com's Internet Stock Index was off 23.66, or 2.49 percent, to 928.07, the Nasdaq Composite fell 90.25 to 4395.38 and the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 218.42 to 10425.21.

WebMethods Inc. (WEBM) rocketed 175-7/16, or 500 percent, to 210-7/16. The maker of Internet business-to-business software sold 4.1 million shares at $35 with lead underwriter Morgan Stanley.

The story wasn't as good for Pets.com Inc. (IPET). Shares of the pet e-tailer finished unchanged after pricing 7.5 million shares at $11.

Via Net.Works Inc. (VNWI) jumped 28-13/16, or 137 percent, to 49-13/16. The company, which provides small and medium-sized businesses with Internet access, sold 14.3 million shares at $21.

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) was off 5 to 130-15/16, Doubleclick Inc. (DCLK) was down 7-3/8 to 11-1/8, eBay Inc. (EBAY) fell 9 to 153-3/8, Exodus Communications (EXDS) dropped 5-13/16 to 114-9/16, Real Networks Inc. (RNWK) lost 9-3/8 to 177-1/2 and Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) plunged 22-5/16 to 342-11/16.

Ariba Inc. (ARBA) finished up 16-15/16 to 212, Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) rose 7-3/8 to 215-7/8 and Starmedia Network (STRM) matured 5-1/4 to 52-1/2 on rumors that the Spanish and Portuguese language network could soon be bought out.

Network Solutions Inc. (NSOL) jumped 9-25/32 to 302-3/32. Banc of America Friday upped its price target on the domain registrar to 400 from 375.

Elsewhere in the sector, FatBrain (FATB) lost 6-7/8 to 13-7/8. The online retailer of technical information was downgraded to a "buy" from "strong buy" by Banc of America Securities and US Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

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