AOL, Yahoo! Lead Net Stocks Higher

Announcements from America Online Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. sent Internet stocks higher across the board Tuesday.

Internet IPOs also remained hot as financial publication Inc. made a solid debut.

Also, CNBC reported after the bell that the proposed merger between Lycos and USA Networks was off.’s Internet Stock Index jumped 19.69, or 3.44 percent, to 592.69, the Nasdaq Composite gained 40.21 to 2,566.60 and the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 18.90 to 11,026.15.

America Online Inc. (AOL) gained 11-1/8 to 139-7/16 after the company signed set-top box deals with four consumer electronics companies. (TSCM) soared 41 to 60 on its first day of trading. The company sold 5.5 million shares at 19 on Monday, raising $104.5 million. Volume was 13.4 million shares as the entire float changed hands more than twice.

Lycos Inc. (LCOS) lost 7 to 98-1/4. CNBC reported after the closing bell that Lycos and USA Networks would officially announce Wednesday that their merger was off. The deal would have created a venture with combined revenues of $1.5 billion.

Almost immediately after it was announced the deal ran into trouble. CMGI Inc., one of Lycos’ largest shareholders, was a vocal opponent of the merger and was actively looking for another buyout partner that it felt could give Lycos shareholders a better deal.

SportsLine USA Inc. (SPLN) added 12-3/16 to 43-1/16 after the company signed a deal with Reuters, Intel Corp. and MediaOne Ventures to create SportsLine Europe Ltd. The new subsidiary Tuesday purchased, one of Europe’s leading sports site.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) soared 18-5/16 to 174 after announcing it will join with and to launch a new music site.

E-mail provider Critical Path Inc. (CPTH) fell 5-7/8 to 76-3/8. The company, which recently went public, filed to sell an additional 4 million shares. Inc. (HITT) plunged 10-3/4 to 9-3/8 after news reports said company founder Dorian Reed had been accused of cheating customers at a previous job last year. The company provides Internet marketing and search services.

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