Stocks Take Breather

Internet stocks were pausing Friday after taking in several recent run-ups that have led the Nasdaq Composite to soar 13 percent this month and an incredible 53 percent this year going into the week’s last session.

Just after noon Eastern,’s Internet Stock Index was off 2.86, or 0.42 percent, to 677.41, the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.20 to 3,348.31 and the Dow Jones industrial average had shed 34.26 to 11,001.44.

Leaders were mixed, with Ariba Inc. (ARBA) up 4-1/2 to 210-3/4, Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) climbing 10-3/16 to 185, Broadvision Inc. (BVSN) adding 5-3/4 to 98 and Juniper Networks (JNPR) gaining 10-1/4 to 314.

On the losing side, CMGI Inc. (CMGI) was down 5-1/8 to 120-15/16, eBay Inc. (EBAY) had shed 4-1/16 to 148-3/16, Inktomi Corp. (INKT) had lost 4-5/8 to 130 and Network Solutions Inc. (NSOL) had tumbled 4-1/2 to 153-7/8.

Elsewhere in the sector, SportsLine USA (SPLN) had jumped 5-1/2 to 45-1/4. CBS, which owns a major stake in the company, Friday announced it had signed an 11-year, $6.2 billion agreement that gives it the right to broadcast NCAA college basketball. Corp. (CHINA) American depository receipts jumped another 22-1/2 to 115-7/8. The company acquired four Internet businesses in Asia and announced a 2-for-1 stock split.

Customer management and billing software maker Portal Software (PRSF) was up 4-1/8 to 96-1/8 after Merill Lynch raised its intermediate rating to “buy” from “accumulate” and set a $140 price target.

Finally, Newbridge Networks Corp. (NN) had tumbled 2-1/4 to 21-3/4. The Canadian networking company reported earnings of 8 cents a share, a penny below expectations.

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