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Nasdaq Leads March Higher at Open

Tech and Internet issues are leading the charge.

An upbeat session led by Internet shares and other tech stocks got under way with index gains across the board.


Nasdaq Composite Index

was setting the pace among major indices, lately up 26 to 2552. As they did yesterday,




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were the early leaders among the Comp's largest issues. Internet Sector

index was up 11 to 646, sparked higher by

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter's

upgrade of

America Online


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to strong buy from outperform.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

was up a more modest 46 to 11,053 and the

S&P 500

was up 10 to 1350. The small-cap

Russell 2000

continued its recent strength, up 2 to 444.

The bellwether 30-year Treasury bond was up 1/32 to 92 12/32, its yield edging down to 5.79%.

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America Online, up 10 5/16 to 138 5/8

: In addition to the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter upgrade, AOL said it entered partnerships with four companies to develop its


product. The companies are the



Hughes Network Systems

units of

General Motors'

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Hughes Electronics



Philips Electronics

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; and

Network Computer


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Immunex (IMNX) , up 24 to 131

: The company late

yesterday said it plans to seek federal approval to market its


drug to early-stage rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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Tricon Global Restaurants (YUM) - Get Yum! Brands Inc. Report, down 1 5/8 to 60 3/8


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CNet (CNET) - Get ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. Report, down 9 11/16 to 126 1/2

: CNet soared yesterday on news of its participation in the

NBC Internet

venture, which also includes



General Electric's

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