Stocks Pause in Advance of Employment Report

The markets were subdued Wednesday, anticipating the upcoming employment report on Friday.’s Internet Stock Index ended off 9.61, or 1.97 percent, to
478.63, the Nasdaq Composite climbed 11.46 to 2,750.81 and the Dow
Jones industrial average jumped 107.65 to 10,936.93.

The high-speed networking company Juniper (JNPR)
plunged 24-3/4 to 180-1/4. The company, which has been red-hot since its June IPO, announced it will offer as many as 5.7 million shares in a
secondary offering. The pricing details were not disclosed.

Intel Corp. (INTC)
was up 1-1/4 to 83-7/16. The chip-maker announced its new network
processor that is based on its Internet Exchange Architecture. The company
also announced a new investment fund of $200 million to support IX
Architecture companies.

As for the Net leaders, America Online
dipped 7/16 to 90-7/8, eBay Inc. (EBAY)
fell 3-5/8 to 121-15/16, Corp. (AMZN)
down 5-5/16 to 119-1/16 and Ariba
off 5 to 134.

There were more signs of consolidation in the brokerage business, as H&R Block (HRB)
purchased privately-held Olde Financial Corp. for $850 million. H&R Block
says it intends to enter the online trading market. The stock was off
4-5/8 to 51.

CyberSource (CYBS)
was up 2-1/8 to 34-3/16. The company announced an agreement with Visa
to jointly develop and promote the CyberSource Internet Fraud Screen

Big Entertainment Inc. (BIGE)
was up 3/4 to 18-1/8. CBS Wednesday announced it had changed the terms of its investment in the publisher of

It will now swap $105 million in advertising for a 30 percent stake. It
will also get three seats on the company’s board and will have warrants
allowing it to buy an additional 5 percent.

Starmedia Network (STRM)
was up 4-21/32 to 43-11/32. The company announced the launch of its
ISP service in Brazil, called Starmedia Acesso. Inc. (PCLN)
was down 2-17/32 to 65-19/32. Priceline Wednesday expanded its real
estate offerings by partnering with Alliance Capital for “name-your price” mortgages.

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