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ISDEX Off 13% In a Week: Buying Time Or Crying Time?

Wall Street knows all there is to know about bovine happenings. Bulls and bovines are just two sides to the same burger, mad cows notwithstanding. Hold the catsup.

Of course what some call a "correction" (a market downturn) others call a buying opportunity. That means that the hype-heavy, flying-on-fumes mentality that caused the sector to get ahead of itself may be waning or gone. In April, for example, when ISDEX hit an all-time high, more than 100 million shares of these combined 50 firms traded hands in a single day. Either that's a lot of news causing moves or that's ozone-depletion at its very worst.

July 21 ISDEX combine shares hit north of 100 million shares traded also. This was the day before the haircut hit, following a near-record high of 173. Then Fed chairman Alan Greenspan said something about froth again in stocks and suddenly the glass is half full, not half empty. See for yourself:

ISDEX (

28-Jul-98

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Point change

% change

The Internet Stock Index

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from

from

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where Wall Street meets the Web

21-Jul-98

21-Jul-98

31-Dec-97

seen by more than 350,000 people globally

ISDEX Geometric Avg.

146.84

-12.7%

-21.37

47.0%

ISDEX Price Wtd.

1,628.94

-15.1%

-290.06

76.4%

NASDAQ

1,896.53

-4.2%

-82.61

20.8%

DJIA

8,934.78

-2.8%

-255.41

13.0%

CONTENT

CNET

CNWK

$56.38

-9%

-$5.75

91%

Mecklermedia

MECK

$23.38

3%

$0.75

-6%

NewsEdge

NEWZ

$9.13

-1%

-$0.13

-32%

Sportsline USA

SPLN

$26.94

-26%

-$9.63

151%

WavePhore

WAVO

$11.69

-15%

-$2.00

25%

TOTAL

$127.50

-16.75

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

$25.50

-12%

-3.35

45%

ACCESS/SERVICES

Concentric

CNCX

$26.25

-26%

-$9.13

196%

Earthlink Network

ELNK

$38.81

-5%

-$2.06

201%

Metricom

MCOM

$7.69

-19%

-$1.75

-20%

Mindspring

MSPG

$46.00

9%

$3.79

310%

PSINet

PSIX

$19.38

48%

$6.31

278%

TOTAL

138.13

-2.83

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

27.63

-2%

-0.57

190%

COMMERCE RETAILERS

Amazon.Com

AMZN

$118.94

-10%

-$13.13

295%

CDnow

CDNW

$16.38

-28%

-$6.38

2%

E*TRADE

EGRP

$27.13

-15%

-$4.88

18%

Egghead.com

EGGS

$18.56

-16%

-$3.44

186%

N2K

NTKI

$15.00

-26%

-$5.38

3%

Onsale

ONSL

$26.63

-2%

-$0.50

48%

TOTAL

222.63

-33.69

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

37.10

-13%

-5.61

106%

COMMERCE ENABLERS

CheckFree

CKFR

$24.75

-9%

-$2.31

-8%

CKS Group

CKSG

$19.13

-12%

-$2.50

35%

CMG Info

CMGI

$70.63

-18%

-$15.25

367%

CyberCash

CYCH

$13.00

-10%

-$1.50

2%

Doubleclick

DCLK

$44.63

-7%

-$3.38

163%

Network Solutions

NSOL

$38.00

1%

$0.50

190%

USWeb

USWB

$20.75

-21%

-$5.63

121%

TOTAL

230.88

-30.06

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

32.98

-12%

-4.29

113%

NAVIGATION/AGGREGATORS

@Home Network

ATHM

$45.00

-7%

-$3.56

79%

America Online

AOL

$114.25

-12%

-$15.31

152%

Excite

XCIT

$41.00

-16%

-$7.75

173%

Infoseek

SEEK

$25.38

-21%

-$6.63

136%

Intuit

INTU

$53.06

-20%

-$13.44

29%

Lycos

LCOS

$60.25

-18%

-$12.88

46%

Yahoo!

YHOO

$183.25

-3%

-$5.75

165%

TOTAL

522.19

-65.31

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

74.60

-11%

-9.33

111%

SOFTWARE

Broadvision

BVSN

$22.00

-18%

-$4.75

238%

Netscape

NSCP

$30.00

-11%

-$3.69

23%

Open Market

OMKT

$15.63

-13%

-$2.38

62%

Open Text

OTEXF

$15.38

-13%

-$2.38

15%

RealNetworks

RNWK

$30.13

-33%

-$14.88

117%

Spyglass

SPYG

$11.75

-1%

-$0.13

138%

Versant Object Technologies

VSNT

$3.88

-28%

-$1.50

-72%

TOTAL

128.75

-29.69

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

18.39

-19%

-4.24

49%

SECURITY

Axent

AXNT

$24.19

-22%

-$6.81

40%

CheckPoint Software

CHKPF

$23.25

-11%

-$3.00

-43%

Cyberguard

CYBG

$9.00

14%

$1.13

60%

Cylink

CYLK

$13.06

14%

$1.56

34%

Network Associates

NETA

$48.88

-12%

-$6.88

85%

Secure Computing

SCUR

$12.69

34%

$3.25

7%

Security Dynamics

SDTI

$14.63

-5%

-$0.81

-59%

Security First Net Bank

SFNB

$21.63

-18%

-$4.75

198%

Verisign

VRSN

$35.63

-13%

-$5.13

154%

TOTAL

202.94

-21.44

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

22.55

-10%

-2.38

20%

IP COMMUNICATIONS

IDT Corp

IDTC

$26.25

-8%

-$2.19

30%

VocalTec

VOCLF

$11.75

-11%

-$1.50

-43%

TOTAL

38.00

-3.69

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

19.00

-9%

-1.84

-7%

HIGH-SPEED SOLUTIONS

Broadband Technologies

BBTK

$4.31

-13%

-$0.63

5%

PairGain

PAIR

$13.63

-10%

-$1.56

-30%

TOTAL

17.94

-2.19

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

8.97

-11%

-1.09

-24%

OVERALL TOTAL

3,524.59

-11%

-444.01

76%

SIMPLE AVERAGE

51.83

-11%

-6.53

76%

) 1998 Mecklermedia, Internet.com

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