Investors Cash Out, Leading Nets to Another Big Tumble

Internet stocks suffered through another brutal session Monday as investors once again engaged in a massive selloff of technology and Internet shares. While the end-of-day numbers weren’t pretty, the Nasdaq did manage to recover from a 297-point loss.’s Internet Stock Index had fell 52.25, or 7.31 percent, to 662.79, the Nasdaq Composite lost 161.50 to 3,482.38 and the Dow Jones industrial average gained 62.05 to 10,906.10.

Leading the downward charge was Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), plunging 12-5/16 to 66-5/8. The U.S. Justice Department and several of the 19 states involved in its antitrust lawsuit are reportedly considering a breakup of the software giant as a remedy in the case. Also, the company’s third-quarter revenue rose less than forecast.

Exodus Communications Inc. (EXDS) plunged 25-3/16 to 82-1/2. The Web hosting firm reported a first-quarter loss of 32 cents due to higher acquisition costs. That’s up substantially from a loss of 14 cents a year ago. Robertson Stephens Monday reiterated its “buy” on the stock, setting a $245 target. Senior E-Commerce Analyst Rick Juarez raised fiscal 2000 revenue estimates to
$780.5 million from $752.9 million and fiscal year 2001 revenues to
$1.65 billion from $1.4 billion.

“We believe that Exodus is one of the leading contenders in a new
category that we term the Internet Utility Platform or IUP provider,
which tightly integrates the access and hosting components. We believe long-term gross margin improvements
will be driven by contribution from higher margin managed services and
improved economies of sale. Yet, we believe that short-term gross
profits will reflect costs associated with the company’s accelerated
buildout schedule,” he wrote in a research note.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) lost 9-1/4 to 113-7/8. Barron’s reported the company’s advertising revenue may be hurt by a dry up of venture capital funding for Internet companies. Inc. (PCLN) tumbled 6-1/8 to 61-3/4. The company reported a first-quarter loss of 4 cents a share, 2 cents better than expected.

Critical Path (CPTH) dropped 8-1/8 to 37. The fall came despite a report of better-than-expected quarterly earnings. In its latest quarter, the e-mail outsourcing company lost 33 cents a share, 8 cents better than forecasts.

Advancers included NetZero Inc. (NZRO), vaulted 3-5/32 to 11-7/16. Wireless communications firm Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) invested $144 million in the free ISP. (GDEN) jumped 1/2 to 5-3/4. The company reported a loss of 65 cents a share as revenue tripled.

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