Yen, AOL Take Toll on Internets

The good news of Friday didn’t carry over into the new week, as a negative report on America Online combined with a decline in the dollar compared to the Japanese yen caused the ISDEX to dive more than 4 percent.’s Internet Stock Index lost 22.03, or 4.26 percent, to 495.53, the Nasdaq Composite lost 42.28 to 2,844.78 and the Dow Jones industrial average gained 1.90 to 11,030.33.

America Online Inc. (AOL) lost 6-7/16 to 89-7/8. Shares were forced lower following comments by Doug Kass, manager of hedge fund Seabreeze Partners. Kass told Business Week AOL may be forced to lower its subscription fees as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), AT&T Corp. (T) and others plan low-cost Internet access offerings.

That helped send other Internets lower, including Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) lost 9-11/16 to 109-5/16, CMGI Inc. (CMGI) slumped 5-5/8 to 84-1/4, DoubleClick Inc. (DCLK) ended off 2-11/16 to 105-1/16 and eBay Inc. (EBAY) dropped 10-1/16 to 147-15/16.

Gainers included Inc. (TSCM) which rocketed 5-15/16 to 25-11/16. The company Monday formed a European subsidiary and announced plans to launch a UK version of its online news site early next year.

Hoovers Inc. (HOOV) soared 5-5/8 to 16-7/8, Inc. (BAMB) ended up 3-1/4 to 25-3/8 and Critical Path Inc. (CPTH)gained 4-1/2 to 36-1/8. Inc. (EMUS) closed up 4-61/64. The company, which offers music for download over the Internet, jumped on news that it has secured rights to music from a number of leading independent retailers.

USWeb/CKS (USWB) added 1-3/8 to 29-13/16 after the company was raised to a “strong buy” from a “buy” by SoundView Technology Group. Matthew Luckett set a 12-month price target of $45.

EToys (ETYS) jumped 4-1/8 to 57-1/8 after Thomas Weisel Partners’ Chris Vroom reiterated his “strong buy” and set an $80 12-month price target.

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