Internet Investors Should Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving only a day away, now seems like an appropriate time to
review who should be thankful in 1999.

It’s a long list, for whatever the recent ups and downs in the market,
Internet stocks as a whole have enjoyed tremendous success so far this

Even taking into account Tuesday’s sell-off,’s Internet
Stock Index is up 144.5% this year. While that’s lagging behind 1998’s
187.1% gain, keep in mind that ‘Net stocks had already had great
momentum as 1999 began.

Obviously among the most thankful are investors who were holding Go2Net (GNET)
stock when the ball dropped in Times Square nearly 11 months ago. In a
year when business-to-business e-commerce and infrastructure plays have
been king, this provider of branded Web sites has turned in a
spectacular ticker performance.

Since Dec. 31, when they were trading at 8 27/32, shares of GNET have
soared to 82 3/16 through Tuesday, a gain of 829%.

On just about any given day this year, Go2Net has held the biggest
annual percentage gain among all ‘Net stocks, but through Tuesday that
distinction belonged to e-commerce software company BroadVision (BVSN).

Shares of BVSN closed at 109 5/8, nearly 10 times its Dec. 31 close of
10 21/32. That’s a 927.5% increase, currently the best of all Internet

A few months ago BroadVision investors may have had doubts about their
fortunes. Share price didn’t crack $20 until late June, and as recently
as Aug. 31 the stock was only at 33 3/16. Since then BVSN has more than

Here are the biggest gainers from Dec. 31 through Tuesday. Investors who
have stuck with these picks all year should take time to enjoy their
good fortune on Thanksgiving. Have a happy holiday.

BVSN BroadVision 927.5%
GNET Go2Net 829%
RNWK RealNetworks 800.2%
DCLK DoubleClick 677.5%
EXDS Exodus Communications 669.4%
VRSN VeriSign 532.6%
WPNE White Pine Software 525.2%
CMGI CMGI 416.6%
ITVU InterVU 394.1%
INSP 386%
AMTD Ameritrade Holding 353.5%
CNET C/NET 268.1%
VRIO Verio 229.6%
BRCM Broadcom 219.2%
SONE Security First 204.1%
EFAX 195.6%
NTBK [email protected] 180.2%
CHKP Check Point Software 172.9%

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