The Net sector was showing some muscle in early trading today with Internet Sector

index rising 26.5, or 2.06%, to 1314.52 and the

Nasdaq Composite Index

up 73.77, or 1.5%, to 4971.03.

Shares of

America Online


were flying higher by more than 9% after CEO Steve Case told the


news agency that it continues to talk with


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about forming a partnership.

Credit Suisse First Boston

repeated a strong buy rating on the stock, expressing confidence in its underlying fundamentals. The stock was the most active on the

New York Stock Exchange

with 22 million shares changing hands.


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were also getting a pop off general Net optimism. Yahoo was up 5 3/16, or 3%, to 182 3/16, while Amazon was adding 3 15/16, or 6%, to 67 9/16.


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was feeling less-than-excited though, lately off 1 to 29 7/8.

Network Solutions


was ramping up 41 9/16, or 10%, to 465, after some of Tuesday's merger momentum cooled off yesterday. The company is being acquired by


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in a deal currently valued at $17.25 billion. Network Solutions was the Comp's top highflier at midday.

Internet access equipment supplier



was deep in the green, up 18 5/16, or 6%, to 346 on last night's news that it will split its stock 2-for-1.