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Wednesday, August 4, 1999

Nasdaq closes 11.3% off its all-time high; Nortel will outsource part of its communications gear manufacturing to five companies.


Stocks stand corrected.

The stock market swooned again on another day of sharply negative breadth, with proxies led to the downside by the

Nasdaq Composite Index

. The Comp entered bona fide correction territory today with the loss of another 48.06 to 2539.93, 11.3% off the all-time high of 2864.40 it set on July 16.

The other indices suffered, too. The

S&P 500

shed 16.85 to 1305.33; the small-cap

Russell 2000

dumped 6.59 to 429.69; and Internet Sector

index plummeted 29.16.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

lost a scant 2.54 to 10,674.77, despite getting 53.82 points of support from acquisition target

Union Carbide



The 30-year bond was rallying on news that the

Treasury Department

scrapped its planned sale of long bonds in November. The Treasury also said it aims to begin a debt buyback by Jan. 1. The prospect of shrinking supply had lately sent the 30-year bond up 17/32 to 88 6/32, its yield falling to 6.121%.

The big European indices finished mixed, as France's


and the London


both closed in the red while Germany's

Xetra Dax

ended modestly higher.

Asian markets went both ways overnight, as Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

closed up 117.18 to 13,591.02, while Tokyo's


dropped 284.55, or 1.6%, to 17,685.38.

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Markets section.


Allegiance Telecom


said that

Vulcan Ventures

, the umbrella firm of


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co-founder Paul Allen, will buy 1.5 million shares of Allegiance common stock from its existing private equity investors at $50 a share.



said it plans to cut its management board to 10 to 13 members from the 17 now sitting on it. The company didn't set a date for the reduction.

Dow Chemical

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set plans to buy Dow (Jones Industrial Average, that is) component Union Carbide for $9.3 billion in stock. Union Carbide stockholders, who will get 0.537 Dow shares for each share of Union Carbide, will hold a 25% stake in Dow after the deal.

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is buying fellow health-care real estate investment trust

American Health Properties


for about $700 million in stock.

Nortel Networks


set plans to outsource parts of its communications gear manufacturing to five companies, including

SCI Systems

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C-MAC Industries



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Communications Test Design


United Tri-Tech

. Nortel said it will immediately receive about $400 from plant sales, and save $250 to $300 million each year once the reorganization is complete.

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Stock News section.


America Online


signed a 5 1/2-year, $100 million deal with

American Greetings

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to provide online greeting cards on AOL Web sites. The new deal is an expansion of a previous three-year, $10 million alliance between the two companies.

ADRs of Internet service provider

Internet Initiative of Japan

(IIJI:Nasdaq ADR) gained 8 5/16, or 36.1%, 31 5/16 in their trading debut.

Goldman Sachs

had priced the offering at $23 apiece, above the expected pricing range of $18 to $20 an ADR.


last night posted a second-quarter loss of 27 cents a share, narrower than the three-analyst

First Call

prediction of a 32-cent loss and better than the previous year's negative $1.65 a share.


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agreed to provide Internet access for users of

Sega Enterprises'

Dreamcast game console. Sega said that Dreamcast customers will be able to choose either 150 hours of monthly access for $19.95 a month, or unlimited access for $21.95 a month.

More tech news and commentary are available in


Tech Stocks section.

General News


ambassadors today agreed to make British Defense Secretary

George Robertson

the alliance's next secretary-general, according to several wire reports citing diplomatic sources.

U.S. war planes bombed four Iraqi antiaircraft artillery sites after coming under fire in the northern no-fly zone, the U.S. European Command said.

The death toll from Monday's head-on collision of two trains in India has climbed to 278. Workers are still sorting through the tangled wreck.


U.K. cable company

Telewest Communications


is set to unveil a high-speed Internet service along with major shareholder Microsoft, the

Financial Times


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International section.


Talk about lifestyles. Professional sycophant

Robin Leach

has been banned from Las Vegas'

Delmonico Steakhouse

after an incident in which he allegedly engaged in "lewd conduct" at a party in a private room of the casino restaurant. Witnesses claim to have spied Leach gamboling with several naked women through the glass windows that enclose the room in which the party was held. Leach said the incident was nothing more than "a harmless fun whipped-cream fight that lasted less than two minutes when dessert was served."