Internet Stocks Take A Breather

After posting solid gains over the past few sessions, Internet stocks ended mixed Tuesday as investors took some money off the table and shifted it to blue chips.’s Internet Stock Index closed off 18.40, or 2.81 percent, to 636.99, the Nasdaq Composite shed 49.84 to 2,602.13 and the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 113.12 to 10,831.71 to set a new record.

Disappointing earnings caused shares of DoubleClick Inc. (DCLK) to tumble 23-1/8 to 148-1/2. The company reported a operating loss of 13 cents a share. Although that was in line with expectations, many investors had hoped for a better performance.

Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. (EBAY) gained 1/4 to 209-1/4 after reporting earnings increased to 5 cents a share, up from a penny a share last year. Those numbers were ahead of analysts’ expectations for a 2-cent profit.

Influential Internet analyst Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter said eBay could end up beating her earnings forecasts for 1999. She said although eBay’s current valuation is high, the company has proven it has a solid business model and will likely benefit from positive momentum.

One of the most active Internet stocks Tuesday was auctioneer International Inc. (BIDS). The Canadian company is partnering with American Interactive Media to broadcast its first auction live over the Internet later Tuesday.

Shares of Inc. (PCLN) gained 8-15/16 to 129-11/16 after trading as high as 140. On Monday, the company said more than 1 million customers had bid on airline tickets and hotel rooms on its Web site over the past year.

America Online Inc. (AOL) lost 7 to 155. After the closing bell, the company reported earnings of 11 cents a share compared to the 9 cents forecast. Revenues approached $1.3 billion compared to $757 million a year ago. Advertising and e-commerce revenues came in at $275 million, well above the $190 million analysts were expecting.

Internet bellwether Inc. (AMZN), which was off 1-5/16 to 205-7/8. The company is expected to lose 29 cents a share compared to a 7-cent loss a year ago when it reports its earnings on Wednesday.

Shares of PSINet Inc. (PSIX) lost 4-9/16 to 58-7/16. The company Tuesday reported a first-quarter loss of $1.11 a share which beat analysts’ forecasts of a $1.20 loss.

Recent IPO Cheap Tickets Inc. (CTIX) jumped 3 to 44-3/4. The company’s first quarter operating profit was 5 cents a share, up from a penny last year.

Investors reacted favorably to Tuesday’s Internet IPO. Razorfish Inc. (RAZF) soared 17-1/2 to 33-1/2. The company, which designs Web sites for electronic commerce companies, debuted at $16 a share. The IPO raised $48 million for the company, which sold a 12 percent stake to the public.

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