New York Knicks

evened their series with the

Indiana Pacers

; the

New Jersey Devils

made the Stanley Cup finals and the

New York Yankees'

Roger Clemens beat the

Red Sox's

Pedro Martinez ... well, that last one didn't happen, but two out of three ain't bad. The point is that Wall Street was in a better mood today and just maybe it was contributing to the lift in the markets.

In early trading, the


was up 131.22, or 4.09%, to 3336.33. Internet Sector

index was up 36.18, or 4.81%, to 788.41.

Among stocks in the news,


was up 9/16 to 9 5/16 on news that it had purchased a minority interest in

. said the two companies would form Barnes & Noble University, which would offer free online education. The terms call for to become the major distributor of's eduCommerce course materials.



was up 3/8 to 15 1/4 on news that it would team with

Ernst & Young

to establish a new company that will provide financial advice for investors by creating a personal electronic advisory service for E*Trade customers. The companies will each contribute $25 million to the joint venture.



said it would use a processor from chipmaker Transmeta to run Web appliances it is making with

America Online


. Gateway said it tapped Transmeta to provide the operating system for the products, turning away from the combination of


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hardware and


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InterNAP Network Services

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, an Internet connectivity provider, was up 1 5/8 to 27 1/4 on news that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire

CO Space

, a colocation service provider. The acquisition will give InterNAP the ability to accelerate the delivery of its IP connectivity service to customers with colocation requirements. Terms of the agreement call for InterNAP common stock, with an aggregate value of approximately $244 million, to be exchanged for all outstanding shares and rights to acquire shares of CO Space's capital stock.



was up 3 to 62 after

ABN Amro

upgraded the stock to buy from hold due to its attractive valuation spread following its recent acquisition by

Terra Networks