There's always potential for the market to go nuts in a low-volume, preholiday-weekend day, but it appeared as though stocks would limp (but not stumble) into the weekend.

In recent trading, the


was down 28.88, or 0.9%, at 3176.47, and had traded in a range between 3150.78 and 3256.63. Internet Sector

index, or DOT, was down 3.76, or 0.5%, at 743.01 and had traded in a range between 738.13 and 762.36. The stalemate stems from traders nibbling on some stocks that have been hammered of late vs. traders who still see more losses to come and sell into any strength. Bears have had the upper hand of late, though shorts have had a propensity to cover at the first signs of a rebound, and while that generally takes place in the final hour of trading, traders may be looking to get out of town a little early today.

On to the numbers. Among traditional Net plays,



was down 3 7/8, or 8.5%, at 41 11/16.



was off 2, or 1.7%, at 113 and


was off 1 5/16, or 3.6%, at 34 15/16.

Among business-to-business and infrastructure plays,


was down 1 7/16, or 7%, at 19 1/16;

Kana Communications


was up 1 3/8, or 3.6%, at 40 1/8;



was down 3 3/8, or 8%, at 38 3/16;



was up 1 5/16, or 5.2%, at 26 3/16;

Juniper Networks

(JNPR) - Get Report

was down 6 5/16, or 4%, at 149; and

Copper Mountain Networks


was down 5 13/16, or 7.4%, at 72 13/16.