Internets Stay in Record-Breaking Pattern

Internet stocks continued higher Monday and the Nasdaq
finished with another record, thanks in part to a reversal in strategy by
AT&T Corp, which will enable more Internet providers to offer high-speed
cable access.


internet.com’s Internet Stock Index jumped 23.78, or 3.23 percent, to
760.09, the Nasdaq Composite climbed 25.42 to 3546.05 and the Dow Jones
industrials fell 61.17 to 11225.01.


AT&T Corp. (T)
lost 3/16 to 56-13/16 and [email protected] (ATHM)
dropped 3-1/16 to 49. AT&T Monday said it will open its cable infrastructure
to other ISPs once its exclusivity contract with [email protected] expires in
mid-2002.
Mindspring (MSPG)
surged 3-11/16 to 36 on news the ISP will be one of the first to offer
high-speed cable access to its customers.


InfoSpace.com (INSP)
rocketed 17-5/8 higher to 149. Merrill Lynch’s Henry Blodget and Sofia
Ghachem initiated coverage with a “accumulate/buy” rating and a 12-18 month
price objective of $160. “InfoSpace.com is the best-positioned player to
benefit from the growth in Internet marketing & sales infrastructure with an
addressable market opportunity of $100 billion by 2003” wrote Ghachem in a
note to clients.


Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)
zoomed 27-13/16 to 280-13/16. First Union Securities raised its price target
on Yahoo! to $350 and reiterated the stock as a “strong buy.”


Internet Communications (INCC)
gained 4-1/16, or 203 percent, to 6-1/16 after announcing late Friday that
it had created a cost effective solution for companies with multiple
locations to have DSL network connectivity.


Netcentives Inc. (NCNT)
added 7-1/16, closing at 45. The Internet loyalty services’ company
announced a strategic alliance with the iGo Corporation.


Akamai Technologies (AKAM)
climbed 9-3/4 to 216-3/4. The company teamed with Bredbandsbolaget AB to
provide Scandinavian customers with faster Internet access.


Cheap Tickets Inc. (CTIX)
plunged 5-13/16 to 12-1/2 after the online discount travel site warned
fourth-quarter earnings will come in at 2 cents a share, 2 cents lower than
expected, due to airlines discounting published fares.


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