While technology and blue chip stocks were getting hit hard from a less-than-stellar earnings report from IBM Corp., a wave of good news was helping Internet stocks stay afloat.
Just before noon, internet.com’s Internet Stock Index was off 1.33, or .24 percent, to 548.93, the Nasdaq Composite had lost 20.55 to 2,767.58 and the Dow Jones industrial average had fallen 141.21 to 10,251.15. Much of that Dow drop was due to IBM, which is a Dow component.
Among the session’s winners was America Online Inc. (AOL), up 1-7/8 to 119-7/8. The company reported earnings of 15 cents a share in its first quarter, beating analysts’ 13-cent projections. The company was also benefitting from a deal with Gateway Computer Inc. (GTW).
AOL will invest $800 million in cash and stock in the direct computer retailer and the two companies also signed a distribution agreement aimed at getting more Gateway buyers to sign up with AOL.
Also, Jefferies & Co. Thursday raised its price target by $8 to $180.
Other big gainers included Ariba Inc. (ARBA) up 4-15/16 to 179-11/16, Exodus Communications (EXDS) up 2-1/16 to 69-1/4, Juniper Networks (JNPR) up 8 to 255-1/2, MP3.com Inc. (MPPP) climbing 2-7/8 to 39-3/4 and Verisign Inc. (VRSN) up 7-9/16 to 112-3/4.
Corporate e-mail provider Critical Path Inc. (CPTH) was off 3/4 to 49-1/4 after announcing it will acquire ISOCOR for $287 million in stock. That company also offers a variety of messaging solutions.
Vignette Corp. (VIGN) soared 33-13/16 to 152-7/8. The provider of relationship management and Web site publishing software said its third-quarter loss shrunk to $4.8 million, or 19 cents a share, compared to $6.5 million, or 35 cents a share, a year ago.
Lehman Brothers Thursday upped UBid’s fiscal year 2000 estimates to 66 cents from 64.
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