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Stocks rocketed into the green at the open this morning. Call it

Nasdaq 3000.

After the tech-heavy index closed below 3000 yesterday for the first time since Nov. 2, 1999, tech stocks were back in favor this morning. Ever-bullish

Abby Joseph Cohen

let investors know how she feels about the recent selloff, calling current levels the best buying opportunity all year. But, well, that's kind of after the fact. Besides, the bull has been bullish all year.

Anyway. Tech stocks helped the Nasdaq rip past 3000 at the bell, and were carrying the

Dow steadily higher as well.

Tech bellwethers were barreling forward all over the market, including Dow components software titan


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, semiconductor manufacturer


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and PC-makers


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. H-P took the heat for yesterday's selloff after the company missed earnings forecasts by 10 cents.

And all major tech sectors -- PC-makers, semiconductors, software stocks, networkers, and Internet stocks alike -- were climbing confidently.

Today's most actively traded stock was one of yesterday's biggest losers,


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, which was rising 11% to $27.50. Oracle was up partly on news of a deal with Citigroup

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this morning. Under the deal, Oracle will integrate Citigroup's payment and settlement systems in its products, while Citigroup will use Oracle technology for its internal procurement processes.

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But it was blue-chip retailers

Home Depot

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that were really charging up the Dow. After reporting strong earnings this morning, the pair was adding a combined 31 points to the index's upside. Financials

J.P. Morgan

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American Express

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were also doing their part, with a combined 37 points.

In fact, banks and the brokerages everywhere were turning around today. The two groups have been under a lot of pressure since last Friday.

One of the day's scarce losers, meanwhile, was doughnut king

Krispy Kreme


, after

Merrill Lynch

started coverage of the company this morning with a reduce rating, blaming bad brand management, possible fad status and predicted a stall in upcoming comparable store sales. Krispy Kreme was one of the year's hottest initial public offerings. The company's shares were falling 10.4%.

Can It Last?

Meanwhile, whether or not this thing can hold today may hang entirely on a court decision at midday today. In fact, news that a manual recount of votes in Florida has been halted, and that a resolution of the past week's election uncertainty may be near could be giving stocks some fuel this morning.

But whether that decision will actually come out at noon is, well, uncertain. And get this: markets don't like uncertainty. The ruling was initially scheduled to be issued at 10:30 a.m. EST, but it has been pushed back.

The court decision will determine whether today's 5 p.m. deadline to certify election results for Florida should stand or can be extended.

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Sector Watch

Sectors in the red were few and far between this morning. These few fatalities included paper stocks and utilities. The

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Forest & Paper Products Index

was lately falling 0.9%, while the

Dow Jones Utility Average

was off 0.98%.

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Bonds have opened weaker today after several days of strength due to strength in the equities markets.

The benchmark 10-year

Treasury note was lately down 6/32 to 99 21/32, yielding 5.795%.

The 30-year

Treasury bond was slipping 11/32 to 105 14/32, yielding 5.860%.


retail sales


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) showed that the decline in retail activity was far weaker than expected. The headline number showed a 0.1% rise, vs. forecasts of a 0.1% rise and the previous month's 0.9% increase.

The major negative factor was a 1% decline in new car-dealer sales, which account for a quarter of monthly retail business. There was little sign of a general slowdown in demand and the core number, which excludes autos, rose 0.4%, below September's 0.7% rise.

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