Over the river and through the woods to online brokers they go. Investors kept the capitalist spirit alive on the trading platforms tonight.

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Shares of

Chiron

(CHIR) - Get Report

, tonight's most-active stock, shed 75 cents, or 1.71%, to $43.13 on

Island

ECN and slid 88 cents, or 2%, to $43 on

Instinet

.

After the closing bell, the biotechnology firm was officially added to the

S&P 500 Index, a move that generally boosts a company's stock price. But although Chiron finished up 9% on the day, it began to lose ground late this afternoon as the markets expressed frustration about the current political stalemate.

To recap: This afternoon,

George W. Bush

will file an appeal with the

U.S. Supreme Court

to stop the hand-recounted votes from being added to the final tally in Florida. The Bush team is asking the high court to consolidate appeals over two cases where their requests to stop the manual counts were rejected.

Earlier in the day, Miami/Dade County announced that it would halt its planned recount of votes in the presidential election. County officials said that there was not enough time to meet the Sunday deadline for the recount. That announcement came on the back of the

Florida Supreme Court's

decision that the hand recount of votes in that state should continue and must be included in the final tally.

Elsewhere on the night watch, large-cap technology stocks that are popular with the after-hours crowd saw some pre-Thanksgiving activity.

Shares of

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

, recovered a little territory tonight. The networking equipment manufacturer gained 88 cents, or 1.7%, to $51.44 on Island and advanced 67 cents, or 1.3%, to $51.23 on Instinet.

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, which is expected to benefit from a Bush victory, dropped 63 cents, or 0.92%, to $67.63 on Island and decreased 50 cents, or 0.7%, to $67.75 on Instinet, having boosted 0.7% during the regular session.

Juniper Networks

(JNPR) - Get Report

extended its gains in nighttime action. Downgraded earlier in the week by

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

, Juniper finished up 5.3% on the day. Tonight, the company's stock lifted 88 cents, or 0.7%, to $120.50 on Island.

Finally, software manufacturer

i2 Technologies

(ITWO)

dropped sharply in extended trading. This evening, the company announced that its chief operating officer has resigned. i2 Technologies dropped $9.63, or 9%, to $97 on Instinet.

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