Internet Stocks Finish Lower As Big Caps Continue Slide

Internet stocks ended lower Tuesday, despite posting strong gains earlier in the day, as the sector’s famous names continued their slide and disappointing news moved a number of other shares lower.’s Internet Stock Index shed 22.34, or 3.91 percent, to 548.74, the Dow Jones industrial average failed to close above 11,000 for the second day in a row, losing 128.58 to 10,886.11 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 50.49 to 2,485.09.

Shares of Inc. (AMZN) lost 7-15/16 to 143 after hitting 160-1/2 earlier in the day. Tuesday’s loss comes on top of a 12 percent loss on Monday.

Online auctioneer eBay Inc. (EBAY) lost 9-3/8 to 181-1/4 after falling 8.4 percent on Monday. The auctioneer’s site was offline for five hours on Monday.

America Online Inc. (AOL) dropped 5-3/4 to 127-3/8. Rumors that the company might partner with Comcast to top AT&T’s bid for MediaOne Group subsided Tuesday as it appears increasingly unlikely that another suitor will submit a bid by the Thursday deadline.

“Name-your-price” retailer Inc. (PCLN) dropped 5-1/4 to 134 after hitting 150 earlier in the day. The company is expected to report earnings later Tuesday.

RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK) gained 1-1/2 to 201-9/16 after the stock was reiterated a “buy” by Jamie Kiggen of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.

Online brokers were generally lower Tuesday despite a report from Credit Suisse First Boston’s Bill Burnham who said the volume of online trading climbed 67 percent in April. Ameritrade (AMTD) lost 9-31/32 to 113-1/16, E*Trade Group Inc. (EGRP) shed 8-1/2 to 103 and National Discount Brokers Group Inc. (NDB) dropped 3-1/16 to 51-7/8.

Securities First Technologies Corp. (SONE) plunged 17-3/8 to 95. The company, which provides technology to banks to help them offer online services, fell after reporting a first-quarter loss of 26 cents a share. That was 2 cents better than analysts had forecast.

Internet IPOs continued to climb, although Tuesday’s received less of a stellar reception than their predecessors. Inc. (MQST) gained 7-3/8 to 22-3/8. The online map company sold 4.6 million shares at $15 each, up from the original range of $10 to $12.

Flycast (FCST) gained 4-3/4 to 29-3/4 on its first day of trading. The Internet advertising company sold 3 million shares at $25.

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