Stocks were softer early on as the blue-chip

Dow Jones Industrial Average

continued its drift further and further away from the 10,000 level.

The Dow was down 61 to 9829. The

S&P 500

was down 9 to 1288. The

Nasdaq Composite Index

was down 9 to 2387. The

Russell 2000

was down 2 to 391.

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index was down 3 to 630.

TheStreet.com E-Commerce Index

was down 1 to 114.

The 30-year Treasury bond was up 2/32 to 95 14/32, yielding 5.56%.

Most Up at Open -- NYSE

Elan (ELN) , up 1 1/16 to 72 7/8

.

Most Up at Open -- Nasdaq

@Home (ATHM) - Get Report, up 4 1/8 to 144 1/8

.

Most Down at Open -- NYSE

Chase (CMB) , down 1 7/8 to 80

.

Most Down at Open -- Nasdaq

PathoGenesis (PGNS) , down 22 7/8 to 11 7/8

: The company yesterday warned it expects to report a first-quarter loss of 30 cents a share, a mile away from the earnings of 20 cents expected by the

First Call

six-analyst consensus.