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The Night Watch: Evening Bargain Hunters Scoop Up Tech Issues

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(Updated from 6:57 p.m. EST)

Big-hearted investors picked up downtrodden technology stocks in tonight's extended trading session, taking many of them in from the cold.

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After dropping 109 points to 2598 on Thursday and closing below 2600 for the first time since Aug. 12, 1999, the

Nasdaq Composite Index posted a 47.3 point gain to finish at 2645.2 today, giving beaten down tech a bit of much-needed relief. Still, the Comp is down nearly 50% since last March. For the week, the Nasdaq finished behind 8.9%.

On the night watch, shares of


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation Report

, climbed back 2.4% on


and edged up 2% on


, having tumbled more than 10% during the day.

Networking giant


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tacked on 1.5% on Instinet to its 1.3% daytime increase, while software honcho


(MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report

erased its regular session 1.3% loss with gains of more than 2% on Instinet and Island.



added 1.6% on the after-hours market. But fellow telecom issue



did not fare as well in after-hours trading: It dropped 1%. Both stocks gained more than 7% amid today's Nasdaq upswing.

Investors were less kind to

NorthPoint Communications Group


, which shed 47% to 53 cents on Island. Earlier this week, the company said it would explore "legal remedies" against

Verizon Communications

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, which backed out of an agreement to purchase a controlling stake in NorthPoint.

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explains how the rules change when the sun goes down in Investing Basics: Night Owl, a section devoted to after-hours trading.