Publish date:

Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Technology reigns at end of today's rally. The Kosovo Liberation Army reaffirms its agreement to lay down heavy arms but says not all rebels may follow its lead.

Markets

So that's what everyone was waiting for.

Volume returned to the market today after a

tamer-than-expected reading on the

Consumer Price Index

made those far-deferred profits in the technology sector seem a little safer than they have for much of the previous month. Tomorrow we get the G-man's reaction, when

Fed

boss

Alan Greenspan

testifies on monetary policy and the economy before the Joint Economic Committee.

Today's rally was broad, but technology was king. The

Nasdaq Composite Index

surged 103.00 -- a record single-day advance -- to 2517.67; the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

gained 189.96 to 10,784.95; the

S&P 500

picked up 29.22 to 1330.38; the smallish-cap

Russell 2000

added 7.19 to 441.20; and

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index jumped 44.42 to 548.50.

The big European indices finished higher, paced by the Paris

CAC

, which advanced about 1.4%.

Asian markets were mixed overnight, as Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

added 219.71, or 1.7%, to close at 13,155.21, while Tokyo's

Nikkei

sank 71.82 to 17,210.18.

More markets news and commentary is available in

TSC's

Markets section.

Companies

Cendant

(CD)

authorized a plan to buy back up to 50 million shares of its common stock, or about 7% of its outstanding shares. The buyback will take the form of a Dutch auction, with interested stockholders tendering shares at prices of $19.75 to $22.50 apiece.

Deutsche Bank

said

Bankers Trust

CFO Richard Daniel will leave the company "in a few days"; he's the most senior executive to quit since Deutsche Bank finalized its purchase of BT. Separately, German tax authorities are investigating Deutsche Bank CEO

Rolf Breuer

and three board members to see whether the bank installed systems designed to help customers evade taxes, a charge Deutsche Bank has denied.

Cincinnati-based

Fifth Third Bancorp

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agreed to acquire Indiana bank

CNB Bancshares

(BNK)

in a $2.1 billion stock transaction.

Hasbro

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said this morning that sales of

Star Wars

merchandise are meeting, and in some cases beating, estimates. The company declined to give any specific sales figures.

Pharmacia & Upjohn

(PNU)

agreed to acquire biotechnology company

Sugen

(SUGN)

for about $728 million in Pharmacia stock, or about $31 a share. Sugen closed Tuesday at 22 1/2.

Commercial mortgage lender

Starwood Financial Trust

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agreed to acquire

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TriNet Corporate Realty Trust

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for about $1.57 billion in stock.

More news on companies and stocks is available in

TSC's

Stock News section.

Tech

Amazon.com

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is sinking $45 million into

Sotheby's

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, and will create a joint online auction service with the venerable auctioneer.

CareInsite

(CARI:Nasdaq) picked a good day to start trading. The healthcare and e-commerce company gained 12 7/8, or 71.5%, to 30 15/16 after being priced yesterday at 18.

CBS

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said it is buying 30% of closely held

ThirdAge Media

, an online service targeted at Baby Boomers. CBS said it will spend $54 million promoting ThirdAge on its various media properties.

Oracle

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last night reported fourth-quarter earnings of 36 cents a share, topping the 30-analyst

First Call

prediction of 32 cents and moving ahead of the year-ago 27 cents.

More tech news and commentary is available in

TSC's

Tech Stocks section.

General News

The

Labor Department

released its Consumer Price Index, which came in unchanged for May, below the 0.2% increase expected by economists and down from last month's 0.7% rise. The core rate, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.1%, 0.1 percentage point lower than forecast and below April's 0.4% gain.

The Kosovo Liberation Army reaffirmed its committment to surrender its heavy weapons, according to the

State Department

. But KLA leaders said that they may not have control over every ethnic Albanian rebel unit. Meanwhile, Russian forces still control the airport in the capital of Pristina and are refusing entry to NATO troops.

International

U.K. soft-drinks bottler

Coca-Cola Beverages

said it is in talks to be acquired by Greece's

Hellenic Bottling

in a $6.9 billion deal. U.S.-based

Coke

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owns 50.1% of both companies.

More international news and commentary is available in

TSC's

International section.

Elsewhere

Zen master

Phil Jackson

has agreed in principle to coach the

Los Angeles Lakers

next year. Jackson, who's expected to be introduced at a news conference today, will sign a multiyear deal worth about $7 million a year, according to

ESPN

.

The working-class

Buffalo Sabres

beat the high-concept

Dallas Stars

2-1 last night to even the

Stanley Cup

finals at two games apiece.

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