Blue-chips were enjoying a mild bounce to the upside as investors returned from the weekend in a buying mood. But technology stocks were having trouble shaking that old sinking feeling as the

Nasdaq Composite Index attempted unsuccessfully to move higher. At midday, it looked like the Comp could easily add some more downside to last week's 6% drop.

The Comp was lately down 12 to 3967, as it hovered near break-even. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 28 to 11,249, as strength in its financial and retail components offset weakness in the tech heavyweights. The

S&P 500 was also on the rise, lately up 5 to 1499, while the

Russell 2000

was up 1 to 536.

"The market was overdue for a bounce. By any of the short-term technical measures we use, the market had gotten oversold," said Chris Dickerson, analyst at

Global Market Strategists

in Gainesville, Ga. Noting the earlier jump in the Nasdaq, he said that, "the price moved lower but the momentum didn't. Whenever the price moves but the momentum does not register the same movement, it's a warning that the market is going to turn around. It was a classic Monday morning bottom followed by a rally."

Tech heavyweight

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

got knocked for a loop after

Goldman Sachs

cut third- and fourth-quarter revenue estimates, citing deteriorating currency and exchange rates. IBM was lately down 2.9%, but the damage could have looked a lot worse without today's upside bias to cushion the blow.

Financials were among the best performing stocks today, with

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

leading the way, up 5.2% on news that it will buy

New York Stock Exchange

specialist trading firm

Spear Leeds & Kellogg

for $6.5 billion.

J.P. Morgan

(JPM) - Get Report

also continues to get a boost from merger speculation, lately up 3% and adding nearly 30 points to the Dow.

Oil stocks were also much stronger, as crude oil prices continued their rise, on sentiment that

OPEC's

800,000 barrel-per-day increase will not be enough to cool prices.

Halliburton

(HAL) - Get Report

was up 4.7%, while

Global Marine

(GLM)

was gaining 5.8%.

Despite today's tame market tone, Dickinson expressed some caution about his outlook for September. "We are starting to break some support levels. September may live up to its reputation," as an historically weak month, he said. Still, he said he expects November and December to be good months for the market. Noting the recent spate of earnings warnings, he said "they are lowering the bar, so that when they meet lowered expectations, the rally cry will be heard."

Internet stocks were leaning to the upside with

The Street.com Internet Sector

index up 9 to 818. A report in

Barron's

that said the future looks good for tech stocks may be giving the sector a slight boost.

Market Internals

Breadth was positive on the Big Board and negative on the Nasdaq on decent volume.

New York Stock Exchange: 1,434 advancers, 1,171 decliners, 492 million shares. 157 new 52-week highs, 23 new lows.

Nasdaq Stock Market: 1,593 advancers, 2,145 decliners, 769 million shares. 60 new highs, 44 new lows.

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Most Active Stocks

NYSE Most Actives

  • Nortel (NT) : 12.4 million shares.
  • Lucent (LU) : 8.4 million shares.
  • AT&T (T) - Get Report: 7.2 million shares.

Nasdaq Most Actives

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Sector Watch

Speaking of small bounces, semiconductor stocks were attempting to repair some of last week's damage. The

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index

was up 1.7%, after suffering a 9% slide last week.

Advanced Micro Devices

(AMD) - Get Report

and

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

were moving higher.

Financials were strong with

American Stock Exchange Broker/Dealer Index

up 1.6% and the

Philadelphia Stock Exchange/KBW Bank Index

up 0.7%.

Continued strength in crude oil prices, despite OPEC's promise to boost production, was lifting both the

American Stock Exchange Oil & Gas Index

, up 2.9%, and the

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Oil Service Index

, which was rising 4.6%.

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Bonds/Economy

Oil prices are back up, and the bond market doesn't like it.

In the wake of

OPEC's

decision over the weekend to boost output by just 3%, oil, which tumbled 5% on Friday, is back near the 10-year high of $35.39 a barrel it hit on Thursday. With no economic data on the calendar, the negative implications for inflation are hurting bonds.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury note lately was down 10/32 to 99 25/32, its yield at 5.78%..

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International

Major European indices were lower in late trading with London's

FTSE

down 18.7 to 6582. Paris'

CAC

was off 28.35 to 6675.01 and the

DAX

in Germany was down 25.05 to 7242.72.

The euro was trading at $0.8596. The dollar was trading at 106.09 yen.

Asian markets stumbled overnight.

Despite strong economic numbers, Tokyo shares closed lower amid news of an index reshuffling that had investors scrambling to adjust portfolios. The key

Nikkei 225

index shed 370.65, or 2.3%, to close at 16,130.90,

With the euro hitting a new low, the greenback fell against the yen to fetch 106.21. in Tokyo trading. The dollar was lately trading at 106.04 yen.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index declined 267.47, or 1.6%, to close at 17,007.98 as shares of

Pacific Cyberworks

(PCW)

continued to be punished by investors.

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