Happy, but not ecstatic -- perhaps investors in technology were finally showing some restraint.

In recent trading,

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index was up 24.06, or 2.7%, to 919.17. The

Nasdaq

was up 100.67, or 2.6%, to 3961.33. But our own

James Cramer

was not buying into what he claimed was a end-of-the-month markup day last Friday, preferring to let the market

come back to him.

According to one technology specialist, there was "cautious optimism" in the market. It was still too early to say the market would be able to sustain the momentum it has picked up over the past few sessions, but he doubted that the recent lows would be tested anytime soon. What will happen in the near-term is difficult to predict, he said, because the tech sector has been doing the things it normally does, only ahead of schedule. He said the rally seen at the beginning of the year was earlier than normal, as was the recent pullback, which he said typically occurs after earnings season. He therefore wondered if the rebound would now occur earlier than usual.

The specialist said the people he is talking to are looking for good, quality stocks rather than the speculative ones that many were jumping into. Some of the names recommended were

VeriSign

(VRSN) - Get Report

,

Software.com

(SWCM)

, and

Selectica

(SLTC)

. He said he also likes fiber optics, including

E-Tek Dynamics

(ETEK)

,

JDS Uniphase

(JDSU)

and

Nortel Networks

(NT)

.

Among the better performers Monday,

Sycamore Networks

(SCMR)

was up 6 5/8, 8.4%, to 85 1/8;

E.piphany

(EPNY)

was up 10 9/16, or 15.9%, to 76 3/8;

Ariba

(ARBA)

was up 7, or 9%, at 81; and

AskJeeves

(ASKJ)

was up 5 5/8, or 19%, at 36.

Traditional Internet plays were mixed.

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

was down 3 5/8, or 10.5%, at 38 3/16,

America Online

(AOL)

was down 13/16, or 1.4%, at 59 3/6, while

CNet

(CNET) - Get Report

was up 3 5/8, or 10.5%, at 38 3/16.

eBay

(EBAY) - Get Report

was down 4 5/16, or 2.7%, at 154 7/8, after being ripped in

Barron's

over the weekend. The article, penned by Mark Veverka, indicated that the online auctioneer had growth and valuation issues to contend with.