Internets Slip As Nasdaq Powers Ahead

Internet stocks were unable to keep up with the Nasdaq Thursday following rumors that a settlement may be near in the Microsoft antitrust case.

internet.com’s Internet Stock Index finished lower despite the Nasdaq’s
rally. The index slipped 1.13, or 0.11 percent, to 1,063.64, the Nasdaq
Composite was up 75.86 to 4940.61, and the Dow Jones industrial average
soared 253.16 to 11,119.86.

Ariba (ARBA)
rose 4-7/16 to 265-1/2. Promonium.com announced it will sell customized
merchandise through Ariba’s B2B e-commerce network.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
gained 8-5/8 to 111-7/8. The Wall Street Journal Thursday reported
the software giant, which was recently added to the Dow 30, is making new
inroads in ongoing discussions with lawyers representing the Justice
Department and 19 states. The report said the current talks center around
placing new restrictions on Microsoft’s business practices and not on
forcing the company to break up its assets.

PurchasePro.com Inc. (PPRO)
added 1-27/64 to 123-7/16. The electronic commerce firm is predicting
revenue will exceed first-quarter forecasts.

Another firm releasing positive earnings news was L90 Inc. (LNTY)
, which jumped 3-1/8 to 22-1/8. The Internet ad firm also expects its first
quarter revenues to exceed analyst estimates.

Cobalt Networks (COBT)
added 3/16 to 60-15/16. The company purchased Chili! Soft Inc. for about $70
million in stock. Chili! Soft markets tools allowing Active Server Pages to
run on Unix and Linux machines.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)
fell 6-3/16 to 191. The portal Thursday acquired e-billing firm Arthas.com
in a deal that will allow individuals to exchange money electronically and
pay bills online.

Lycos Inc. (LCOS)
jumped 2-7/8 to 71-1/4. The company Wednesday took its European operations
public on Germany’s Neuer Markt, raising $649 million. Lycos Europe was
worth more than $5 billion at the end of its first day of trading.


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