Nets, Techs Hit Hard

Technology and Internet shares sold off sharply on Wednesday, as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling handing the presidential election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush didn’t help.

The ISDEX fell 26 to 474, and the Nasdaq lost 109 to 2822. The S&P 500 declined 11 to 1360, but the Dow climbed 26 to 10,794. Volume rose to 1.18 billion shares on the NYSE and 2.03 billion on the Nasdaq. Decliners led by 14 to 13 on the NYSE and 23 to 16 on the Nasdaq. For earnings reports, visit our earnings calendar and reported earnings. For after hours quotes and news, visit our after hours trading site.

Engage and Razorfish led all Internet stocks tracked by lower. Engage fell 19/32 to 1 3/8 after missing earnings estimates by 3 cents with a 26-cent loss, and said it expects to reduce 2001 guidance. Razorfish, off 1 5/16 to 1 25/32, issued an earnings warning, the latest of the embattled Internet consultants to warn.

NaviSite , off 1 9/16 to 3 3/4, beat loss estimates but lowered forward guidance.

Net2Phone surged 1 15/16 to 11 11/16 after beating estimates by a nicel with a 25-cent loss.

iBasis rose 13/16 to 7 1/2 after announcing the acquisition of Speech Application Service Provider PriceInteractive for 10.1 million shares and $50 million in cash.

Short sellers continued to get squeezed in the Linux space. Red Hat rose 1 to 9 1/2, and VA Linux climbed 1 13/16 to 12 13/16.

InfoSpace tacked on 1/8 to 11 5/8 after affirming previous earnings guidance.

Oplink Communications surged 2 5/16 to 22 9/16 on a deal with Corning .

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The Nasdaq 100 breached the neckline of its inverted head-and-shoulders bottom today; not a great sign. Also, the index began to fill the first of two gaps formed during the recent advance, and also may have broken out of a bearish rising wedge, so we could be headed for a retest of the lows. Given all the positives in the Nasdaq 100 over the last couple of weeks, we would expect the lows to hold, and perhaps a higher low to form; 2554 would fill both gaps. A close back above 2940 would be a plus. Oracle’s earnings are tomorrow night, and they haven’t been well-received since April.

The ISDEX also fell back into its inverted head-and-shoulders pattern. The index would fill gaps at 449 and 406.

The S&P 500 also appears to have broken down out of a rising wedge, setting up a possible retest of 1300. The 1325-1340 range could provide support, and a close above 1380 would be a plus.

The Dow still looks good, and may be forming an ascending triangle, with upside potential to about 11,300. A clean break of 10,900 would be a good sign. But again, we do not want to see sector rotation. A strong, broad-based rally would be more in keeping with a major bottom.

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