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Extended trading was fairly quiet Thursday following a day in which the major stock averages gave back some of their big gains from the prior session.

WorldCom

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was among the volume leaders, trading down 0.5% to $2 following word that Moody's cut the company's debt to junk status.

Other widely held technology names were near the flatline.

Intel

(INTC)

was up 0.6% to $28.40, and

Microsoft

(MSFT)

was inching ahead 0.3% to $52.28.

Sun Micro

(SUNW)

was adding 0.4% to $6.70, and

Cisco

(CSCO)

was flat.

Oracle

(ORCL)

was up 0.7% to $8.54, while

Lucent

(LU)

and the

Nasdaq 100 Unit Trust

(QQQ)

were unchanged.

Among the stocks with news after the close,

Electronic Arts

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was one of the few winners. The video gamemaker was gaining 5.8% to $62.25. After the bell, the company reported a fourth-quarter profit that came in well ahead of analysts' expectations.

Several newsmakers were sliding following the end of regular action.

Western Wireless

(WWCA)

was dropping almost 14% to $4.90 after the company posted a loss in the latest quarter.

Protein Design

(PDLI)

was losing 5.7% to $11.60 after it took down its guidance for the full year, and

Plato Learning

(TUTR)

shed 13% to $11.50 on word second-quarter results will fall short of analysts' expectations.