Internet Stocks Off In Mid-Session, B&N Rockets

Shares of many Internet companies were still trying to make a comeback in mid-day trading, although the sea of red was subsiding as several issues were in positive territory.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 61.06 to 10,715.73, the Nasdaq Composite was off 1.74 to 2,451.92 and’s Internet Stock Index had fallen 5.02, or .98 percent, to 505.53.

IPOs continued to be snapped up Tuesday, benefitting the online component of bookseller Barnes and Noble. (BNBN) was up 5-7/8 to 23-7/8. The company sold 25 million shares at $18, raising $421.6 million.

One of the sector’s biggest gainers was Inc., a provider of Local Multipoint Distribution Service Internet access in the New York area. The company’s shares had rocketed 3-15/16 to 7-11/16 on news that it licensed technology from Cisco Systems Inc. to offer full-motion, full-screen video.

Lycos Inc. (LCOS) had climbed 4-9/16 to 102-5/16. Investors bid up the stock on news that it will be added to the Nasdaq 100 on Friday.

Online job site CareerBuilder Inc. (CBDR) was up 1-5/8 to 14-1/4. Microsoft announced plans to invest $17.8 million in the company and the two will team up on a job listings service that will be launched throughout Microsoft’s Web network.

The day wasn’t being as kind to several leading Internet issues. Inc. (PCLN) was off 7-27/32 to 117-1/2, Inktomi Corp. off 6-9/16 to 96-3/4 and CNET Inc. (CNET) was down 6-1/16 to 109.

Online auctioneer eBay Inc. (EBAY) was down 7-1/2 to 175-3/4. The company made an unspecified investment in, which provides shipping services for electronic commerce companies.

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