Net Stocks Off to Slow Start

Internet stocks were trading lower at midday Monday as investors were taking profits in a number of high-flying e-commerce stocks.

At 11:30 a.m. Eastern, internet.com’s Internet Stock Index was off 8.13, or 0.91 percent, to 886.49, the Nasdaq Composite had gained 4.58 to 4,239.98 and the Dow Jones industrial average had fallen 26.37 to 11,225.34.

Among the leaders taking a hit, Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) was off 14-9/16 to 297-7/8, eBay Inc. (EBAY) was off 7-1/4 to 143-1/4, Network Solutions Inc. (NSOL) had lost 15-5/8 to 256 and Verisign Inc. (VRSN) was down 8-3/16 to 199-3/4.

In the plus column were Checkpoint Software (CHKP), up 15-13/16 to 262-5/8, Broadvision Inc. (BVSN) had gained 4-1/8 to 166-1/8 and S1 Corp. (SONE) was up 4-3/4 to 99-3/4.

E-tail giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) had jumped 9-1/4 to 71-5/16. The company Monday invested another $30 million in drugstore.com (DSCM), bringing its total stake to almost 28 percent. Drugstore.com had gained 4-7/8 to 34.

MP3.com Inc. (MPPP) was off 1-15/16 to 27-11/16. Over the weekend, the company confirmed the Recording Industry Association of America had hit it with a copyright infringement lawsuit. The suit centers around its personalization initiative.

Liquid Audio Inc. (LQID) had soared 8-5/8 to 34-1/2 on news the company will add support for Microsoft Corp.‘s (MSFT) Windows Media format in its flagship audio player.

Quintiles Transnational Corp. (QTRN) had soared 6-5/16 to 30-3/4 and Healtheon/WebMD Corp. (HLTH) had gained 7-7/8 to 67-7/16. Healtheon is paying $2.5 billion in stock and cash to pay Quintiles, which conducts clinical drug trials.

Ask Jeeves Inc. (ASKJ) was up 5-3/16 to 104-3/4. Daimler Chrysler Monday agreed to use Ask Jeeves’ corporate search tool on its Web site.

Autobytel.com Inc. (ABTL) was up 15/16 to 13-1/2. The online car site plans to offer vehicles to consumers directly, bypassing dealers.

InterVU Inc. (ITVU) was up 4-7/16 to 99-3/8. The Internet audio and video provider Monday won a deal from Pseudo Programs Inc. to provide streaming for the online TV network.

Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) had fallen 7-3/8 to 142-9/16 and Extreme Networks Inc. (EXTR) was off 7/8 to 88. The companies are working together to give Internet providers faster-performing equipment and better network results.


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