SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a little bit of something for everyone in the Internet sector today. There was news of another merger, kind words from analysts on a number of stocks, a solid earnings report and gains from a couple of industry bellwethers.

It added up to a mostly positive day for Net stocks. Internet Sector

index closed up 4.10, or 0.6%, at 657.20.

The merger news involved online retailer and auctioneer



and online computer and software retailer


. The deal was valued at approximately $400 million, but did not place much of a premium on Onsale finished down 1 1/2, or 6.7%, at 21, while closed down 5/16, or 2.6%, at 11 3/4.

Gains in both

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provided some underlying support in the sector. soared after the company said it had bought a 49% stake in

, an online seller of sporting goods at closeout prices. The move comes a day after the online retailer launched Electronics and Toys & Games. It finished up 8 7/8, or 7%, at 135.

Yahoo! closed up after it reported that profits for Yahoo! Japan increased nearly seven-fold from the year-ago period and that Yahoo! Japan stock would split 2-for-1. It closed up 2 1/2, or 1.6%, at 159 7/16.


Exodus Communications





can thank

Banc of America Securities'

Alan Braverman for at least a portion of their gains today. Braverman initiated coverage of both Exodus and Inktomi with buy ratings and 170 price targets for both. Exodus finished up 10 15/16, or 8%, at 146 7/16.

Inktomi, which reported earnings after the close, ended up 3 5/16, or 2.6%, at 128 7/8. It reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of 10 cents a share, 2 cents better than the 12-cent loss estimate from

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. Revenue was $19.6 million for the quarter, up 212% over the same period in 1998 and up 34% from its fiscal second quarter. The company showed continued strength in its network products division, whose main product is a traffic server. Traffic server revenues were $11.8 million, or 60% of the company's revenue, up from 56% last quarter.

But just so he doesn't get a big head,


notes that Braverman also initiated coverage of

Ticketmaster Online CitySearch


with a buy rating and a 55 price target, and it closed down 1, or 2.8%, at 34 1/4.

Shares of


, a directory that sells Internet listings, closed more than 25% higher after brokerage houses that brought public initiated coverage with positive ratings.

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette


Salomon Smith Barney


Thomas Weisel Partners

all initiated coverage of with buy ratings. It finished up 14 5/8, or 27%, at 68 5/8.

And the latest IPO to shine was

Tibco Software

(TIBX:Nasdaq). Tibco's products allow computer applications to communicate over the Internet. It closed up 17 3/8, or 116%, at 32 3/8.