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LONDON -- It was a bit of a struggle out there this morning. The hands that were being sat on Thursday before the Bank of England's interest rate decision were in the same position and all but numb because of the nonfarm payroll and earnings data due out later today.


FTSE 100

at one point was 24 points higher, but by midmorning was down 1.9 points to 6417.7.



Thursday rally helped breathe some life into tech stocks. The


rose 20 points to 3425.4 as software and information technology consultancy group


-- the worst performing Footsie stock Thursday -- rallied 68p to

16.18 ($24.59).

Geo Interactive Media

, which came out with a positive earnings update Thursday and still lost ground, rebounded 57p to


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attracted further support and rose 16p to 725, but

Bookham Techology's


recent strong run came to an end as the stock was down 24p to

42.30 on light profit-taking.

In the telecom sector,

Cable & Wireless


was on the move again with rumors of a takeover bid from

Deutsche Telekom

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still making the rounds. C&W was up 7p to

11.97. Deutsche Telekom fell 0.20 euro to 58.25, however, erasing initial gains from news it would invest up to $1 billion with

Singapore Telecom


Globe Telecom

in a mobile phone venture in the Philippines.

Vodafone AirTouch

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encountered profit-taking after its recent strong run and slipped 4p to 308.

Among the media stocks,



was 25p lower to

12.68 as speculation surfaced again that



is preparing to unload its stake in the U.K. satellite TV broadcaster.


rose 33p to

19.88, but



was off 19p to


Tradepoint Financial Networks

was still benefiting from this week's news that the

Securities Exchange Commission

has given approval for U.S. investors to deal in European equities via its system. Tradepoint was up 15p to 188.

Most of Europe's other major stock markets were moderately higher, with technology and telecom shares leading the way. The

Xetra Dax

in Frankfurt was down 8.47 to 6942.62 and the

CAC 40

in Paris was 25.76 higher to 6479.73. The

Neuer Markt's


Nemax 50

index was up 20.7 to 6095.6.

Big German tech shares were slavishly following the Nasdaq's rebound, with



up 1.25 euros to 163.85 ($155.77),



up 2.77 euros to 110.15 and


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off 1.95 euros to 195.35.

Most European telcos were also higher early on, with

France Telecom


up 0.30 euro to 146.00 and


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up 0.21 euro to 24.21.

Telco equipment makers were also higher, as


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rose 22.50 kronar to 472.50 ($53.14),



gained 11.00 kronar to 190.00 and



was boosted 2.05 euros to 74.00.