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Net Stocks Inch Up in Afternoon Action

The index was lately up nearly 2%.

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index was up 21.05, or 2%, at 1073.19 in recent trading. The DOT is now roughly 40 points above its session low of 1033.73, having rebounded, along with the rest of the technology sector, from an early morning setback. Today's trading pattern was similar to yesterday's, though today lacked the sharp drop early and today's comeback came in the morning rather than in the afternoon. But, as was the case yesterday, buying on dips remains the mantra of the market.

Network Solutions


was up 19 7/8, or 9%, at 236 3/4 on news that the

Department of Justice

has closed its antitrust investigation of the domain-name registrar.



, up 6 3/4, or 2%, at 328 3/4, was lately attempting to string together consecutive positive sessions. Earlier today,


Helene Meisler

did an in-depth

analysis of Yahoo!, indicating the stock should find a bottom between 250 and 300 before resuming its climb to 500, where it peaked Jan. 4.

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, which announced a 2-for-1 split yesterday but got caught up in the selling that hit many Net stocks Monday, was up 8, or 6%, at 148 1/8.



was up 2 7/16, or 15%, at 18 13/16, though without any news to account for the move.

On the downside was

Kana Communications


-- off 16 5/16, or 7%, at 233 5/8. The stock peaked at 284 3/4 on Jan. 27, about a week after the company's earnings and on the same day that

ING Barings

initiated coverage of the e-commerce software provider with a buy rating. The stock also had a run-up after announcing a stock split on Jan. 10.


NBC Internet


, which had a strong run-up ahead of its earnings report last Thursday, was down 5 11/16, or 6%, at 89 7/16 in what was likely profit-taking.