Nasdaq Composite Index
soared to a juicy 2.7% gain and the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
surged to an all-time closing high, Internet stocks also advanced -- though the gains in the sector were very un-Internet-stock-like.
TheStreet.com Internet Sector
index rose 10.29, or 0.9%, to 1108.24. The DOT traded as high as 1129.78, and as low as 1100.36 intraday. It peaked within the first hour of trading. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Comp surged 2.7%, and the Dow hopped 1.2%, an all-time closing high.
Leading the DOT higher was
Check Point Software Technologies
. It soared 38 3/8, or 19.4%, to 235 15/16. The company's shareholders approved a 2-for-1 stock split.
Stocks overall rallied on tame inflation data and decreased fears of big interest-rate hikes by the
. The inflation data of yesterday and today, along with traders looking at the sunny side of Fed Chairman
last night, heartened the market. Traders interpreted the Fed chief's remarks as not being overly hawkish on interest rates as players seemed more confident the Fed will only hike the target on the fed funds rate by 25 basis points on Feb. 2 and not 50 basis points as previously feared.
Today's benign inflation data came via the
Consumer Price Index
. The overall CPI rose 0.2%, one-tenth of a percentage point below the consensus estimate of economists polled by
. The core rate, which excludes food and energy prices, rose just 0.1%, as opposed to an expected 0.2% increase.
fell 2 3/8, or 3.6%, to 63 1/8, as did its planned acquisition,
. Time Warner slumped 1 1/2, or 1.8%, to 83 1/4.
AOL's takeover of Time Warner was announced on Monday before the opening. On Friday ahead of the news, AOL closed at 73 3/4, while Time Warner closed at 64 3/4.
Elsewhere in the Net sector,
TheStreet.com E-Commerce Index
gained 1.16, or 1.1%, to 106.36. Online-shopping titan
fell 1 11/16, or 2.6%, to 64 1/4.
TheStreet.com E-Finance Index
eked out a gain of 7/32, or 0.3%, to 75 19/32.
A couple of foreign Internet plays soared today.
hopped 16 1/4, or 20.8%, to 94 1/4.
initiated coverage of Terra, a Spanish-language Net access and content concern, with buy ratings both intermediate and long term.
"While the stock is undeniably expensive, we believe that Terra is 'must-own' in our European Internet basket," according to the Merrill research note on the stock.
Elsewhere, Merrill upgraded Britain's
to intermediate-term buy from accumulate. Merrill maintained a long-term-buy rating on the stock. Freeserve soared 6, or 8.2%, to 78 1/4.