Futures activity indicates the market should open ever-so-slightly higher, but otherwise the market is taking a wait-and-see approach in preopen action. Even



, yesterday's loser after an earnings warning, hadn't traded in the early morning action yet, according to



Of late,

S&P 500 futures were trading down 1.50 points to 1445.50, about 2.1 points above fair value, and the

Nasdaq 100

futures were down 13 points to 3632, about 9 points above fair value. So trading in both futures contracts are suggesting the market will open a bit higher, although not by much, and for the last two days, fast starts out of the gate have proven only to be opportunities for investors to sell stocks.

News that

Exodus Communications


would buy

Global Crossing's


Globalcenter Web-hosting unit for about $6.5 billion in stock had those stocks on the move in early trading.

Exodus was lately traded at $52, down from Wednesday's close at $53.25, while Global Crossing was traded at $32, up from Wednesday's close at $29.88, according to Instinet.

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priceline.com, which was squashed

yesterday after the company warned of an earnings shortfall due to lackluster demand for their core airline ticketing business, hadn't traded in preopen action, but was offered at $11.25, up from the close at $10.75, according to Instinet. Another Internet bellwether,



, was offered slightly higher in preopen action.

European stocks were hurting, dropping in sympathy with the weakness in U.S. technology stocks yesterday. London's

FTSE 100

was down 27.50 to 6241.80; Paris'

CAC 40

dropped 29.18 to 6290.61 and Frankfurt's

Xetra Dax

fell 68.39 to 6755.68.


stocks closed weaker. Tokyo's

Nikkei 225

index fell 12.99 to 15,626.96, and Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

lost 28.38 to 15,415.75.

For Wednesday's postclose trading, see The Night Watch.