Updated from 4:11 p.m. EDT

With the exception of Yahoo! ( YHOO) Internet companies were mainly on the plus side Thursday, mimicking action in the broader market.

According to media reports, Thomas Weisel analyst Christa Quarles gleaned from a talk with Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz that the firm was more interested in improving its own products than in hooking up with Microsoft ( MSFT). Yahoo! shares ended the day down 1.5% to $13.35.

Yahoo!'s Internet brethren were faring better as the day wore on:

  • Google (GOOG) closed up 2.7% to $353.29 after announcing it would slash 200 jobs.
  • Amazon (AMZN) was up 1.8% to $73.69.
  • eBay (EBAY) rose 3.2% to $13.10.
  • Sina (SINA) was up 0.6% to $24.53.
  • Baidu (BIDU) was up 1.4% to $186.35.
  • Sohu (SOHU) rose 1.7% to $42.40.
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