Shares of Internet service provider EarthLink Network Inc. were higher in midday trading Thursday, benefitting from its agreement to acquire smaller rival MindSpring Enterprises Inc. Once again Internet shares were showing continued strength, leaving techs and blue chips behind.
Just before noon, internet.com’s Internet Stock Index was trading up 4.10, or .79 percent, to 523.49, the Nasdaq Composite had slumped 27.92 to 2,830.24 and the Dow Jones industrial average was off 74.09 to 10,449.98.
Among the leaders, EarthLink Network Inc. (ELNK) was up 2-1/4 to 45-3/4. The Internet provider Thursday announced it was merging with MindSpring Enterprises (MSPG) to create the nation’s No. 2 ISP with more than 3 million members. MindSpring was off 3-5/8 to 29-1/4.
Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), which is also in Merrill’s trust, was up 4-3/4 to 184-1/4. BancBoston Robertson Stephens’ Keith Benjamin Thursday said the search leader could beat analysts’ estimates by up to 5 cents when it reports earnings Oct. 6.
Several other leaders were higher, with Ariba (ARBA) up 9-1/2 to 159, CMGI Inc. (CMGI) climbing 3 to 85-13/16, CNET Inc. (CNET) jumping 7-5/16 to 50-1/4, Doubleclick Inc. (DCLK) up 1 to 119-7/8 and eBay Inc. (EBAY) up 4-5/16 to 153-7/16.
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