eBay Surges as Most Stocks Keep Languishing

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Stocks continued lower this afternoon, while Internet fever has lifted one market newcomer.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

was down 73 to 8081. The

S&P 500

was down 13 to 1053, while the

Nasdaq Composite Index

was down 16 to 1745 and the

Russell 2000

was down 3 to 373.

The 30-year Treasury bond was recently up 3/32 to 105 5/32, yielding 5.16%.

eBay

(EBAY:Nasdaq) is making an eye-popping splash today. The Internet auction site's stock -- in its first day of trading -- was up 29, or 161.1%, to 47 and has traded as high as 54 1/4. It was priced yesterday at 18.

On the

New York Stock Exchange

, 1,761 decliners were leading 1,204 advancers on 518 million shares.

Nasdaq Stock Market

losers were beating winners 2,110 to 1,703 on 534 million shares.

On the NYSE, 89 issues were at new 52-week lows while 36 were at new highs. On the Nasdaq, 100 issues were at new lows while new highs totaled 33.

Among the biggest Dow component dogs today:

J.P. Morgan

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, off 5 5/8, or 6%, to 87 1/2, and

American Express

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, down 3 5/8 to 79 13/16.

Bank stocks have been pounded today in part because of the

Long Term Capital Management

debacle.

In other news,

NationsBank

(NB)

shareholders approved its merger with

BankAmerica

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. NationsBank shares fell 3 7/8, or 6.6%, to 54 7/8 while BankAmerica dropped 4 1/4, or 6.5%, to 61.

Sector Focus: Drugs

A couple of drug companies have been relatively prominent in the news today. Drug stocks in general have been relatively popular lately as a haven from the market's recent turbulence.

Recently,

Pfizer

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said its board authorized a stock buyback program totaling up to $5 billion over two years. Shares jumped 1 15/16 to 108 3/8.

Elsewhere in the news today,

Prudential Securities

upgraded

Bristol-Myers

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to strong buy from accumulate. Shares of the company have jumped 1 5/8 to 101 9/16.