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It's been the Nasdaq Composite Index's turn to shine today.

Following a 245-point

surge on the

Dow Jones Industrial Average's yesterday, the Nasdaq was looking downright cheap this morning. The Nasdaq has lost almost 300 points in little over a week, and was just a stone's throw from its lows for the year at yesterday's close. Investors stormed the index in search of bargains at the open and it was lately charging higher.

The Dow, meanwhile, was hanging on to yesterday's gains by its bootstraps, lately wavering near break-even. The king of


Procter & Gamble


wasn't helping any.

The consumer products giant reported earnings this morning in-line with estimates. The company's share price has been slashed by earnings warnings for most of this year, but had recovered some 19% since the company reiterated its earnings growth projections for fiscal 2000 and set moderate future targets. Procter & Gamble was lately falling 6.3% to $72.06 and was cutting over 26 points off of the Dow.

The few counterpoints to general weakness on the blue-chip included

General Motors


, adding 16 points of upswing,

Home Depot


, adding 12, and



, adding 11.

Fighting Back

Back on the Nasdaq, yesterday's most severely punished stock,



was being forgiven. Cisco tumbled yesterday after its earnings estimates were slashed by

Lehman Brothers

. It was lately the Nasdaq's most active, rising 6.1% to $51.

And after getting knocked down sector by sector on valuation concerns, the PC-makers, semiconductors and the optical and networking stocks, were looking relatively cheap. Optical and networking stocks were getting the biggest boost, lead by



, up 8.1%, as well as other beaten up tech sectors like the semiconductors and pc-makers. The

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Computer Box-Maker Index

was up 4% and the

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index

was 5.5% higher.

Nortel, which last week warned of slowing optical sales, has been responsible for much of the recent rout in the networking sector.

A bullish call on wireless communications company

Research in Motion



Credit Suisse First Boston

this morning was giving that stock a lift. CSFB resumed its coverage of Research in Motion with a buy rating and raised its 2001 and 2002 earnings per share estimates for the company. It was recently up 8.1% to $90.06.

And PC-making goliath



shares were rising 2.8% to $95.94 on news that its Japanese unit was planning a deal with Japan's


that would be worth $13.8 billion over a 10-year period.

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Sector Watch

The defensive favorites of yesterday were not getting any love today, with cyclicals, paper stocks and financials getting whacked.


Philadelphia Stock Exchange Forest & Paper Products Index

was 2.1% lower after soaring yesterday on an upgrade from

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

this morning. Dow components

International Paper





were falling 2.6% and 2.9%, respectively. The two names were upgraded to strong buy from buy by Deutsche yesterday.

Cyclicals rose yesterday after

Lehman Brothers

upped its weighting on this sector in its global portfolio this morning. But investors had had enough of these stocks today, and the

Morgan Stanley Cyclical Index

was lately down 0.2%.

Biotechs were finally rallying back after a three-day selloff, and the

Nasdaq Biotechnology Index

was up 3.4%.

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Bonds opened firmer with traders hopeful that this week's economic data will show further signs of a slowing economy and provide a supportive environment for the fixed income market.

The benchmark 10-year

Treasury note is at 100 9/32, up 8/32, to yield 5.713%.

The 30-year

Treasury bondis at 107 4/32, 7/32 higher, to yield 5.746%.


BTM Weekly U.S. Retail Chain Store Sales Index


definition |

chart ) for the week ended Oct. 28 slipped 1.2% after a decline of 0.2% in the prior week.


APICS Business Outlook Index


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) for September rose to 53.5 from 49.3 in August.

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