Earnings, Economic Fears Batter Stocks

Stocks had plenty of reasons to fall on Friday: rising oil prices, a falling dollar, deflation fears sparked by falling producer prices, and worries about the health of the chip sector.

The Nasdaq fell 37 to 1362, the S&P 500 dropped 12 to 889, and the Dow lost 104 to 8433. Volume rose to 1.27 billion shares on the NYSE, and 1.43 billion on the Nasdaq. Decliners led 21 to 10 on the NYSE, and 22 to 10 on the Nasdaq. Downside volume was 72% on the NYSE, and 88% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 32-29 on the NYSE, and 44-41 on the Nasdaq.

EDS rose 4% on a Bank of America deal.

Computer Sciences lost 5% on news that it will acquire DynCorp.

Borland and Rational were both rumored to be Microsoft acquisition targets. IBM has already announced plans to acquire Rational.

Chip stocks were hit by multiple downgrades. Applied Materials fell 6%. Intel announced an investment in a broadband chip start-up.

Cirrus plunged 27% on a warning.

Adobe slipped despite topping estimates. Verity rose 4% after beating estimates and announcing the resignation its CFO.

eBay , down 2%, has been the subject of scams lately.

Micromuse dropped 19% on news that its CEO is headed to Motorola .

Yahoo gave back 1% of yesterday’s 7% surge on a strong advertising outlook.

Level 3 edged higher on a deal with Cablevision .

Amdocs rose on a possible deal with SBC , which also gained.

WiFi pure play Intersil said it is making transceivers more energy efficient.

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