DOT Ends Day on Strength

The index rose 12.62 today to close at 745.41.
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On Aug. 9,

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index hit a low of 480.03. Screams could be heard from anguished investors on that day. Two months and two days later, the sector is the one screaming, up 55% over that span, while investors exhale softly, sighing a sigh of love. They love the net stocks, as measured by the DOT index, which rose 12.62 to 745.41 today. The last two hours were particularly lovely. The index rose 11 and finished strongly.

How strong is the love? Well, it should outlast

Dennis Rodman's

next nuptials.

Today's gain comes without any help from

America Online

(AOL)

,

Amazon.com

(AMZN) - Get Report

and

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

, which all gave up gains. AOL was disconnected suddenly and fell 13/16 to 121. Amazon was in the jungle, off 1 1/16 to 88 3/8. Yahoo! searched for answers, down 10 11/16 to 181 3/8, after last week's huge run-up.

Much like the

Red Sox's

23-run pummeling of the

Indians

, the DOT counted on the little guys to carry the team.

BroadVision

(BVSN) - Get Report

was

John Valentin

, up 10 3/4 to 182 13/16, hitting a 52-week high in the process.

RSA Security

(RSAS)

and

Macromedia

(MACR)

also hit 52-week highs.

Those wonder twins,

TheStreet.com E-Commerce

index and

TheStreet.com E-Finance

index, were nearly mirror images of each other today: The former was up 0.27 to 110.22, while the latter was off 0.28 to 63.84.

Ask Jeeves

(ASKJ)

is a natural-language search engine, meaning it searches for the answers to whole questions instead of just seeking out keywords. So, if you ask it, "What company went up 17 3/8 to 68 5/16 on news that

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

was expanding its use of the company's search engine?" it should return "Ask Jeeves." The company rose 34.3% on news that Microsoft would use the plain-English search engine on its customer-service pages.

Good NITE? Certainly not a good day.

Knight/Trimark

(NITE)

dropped 3 5/8, or 12.1%, to 26 3/8, after issuing a third-quarter earnings warning. Then, the analysts took action.

Merrill Lynch

cut its rating on the company to near-term neutral from accumulate. ABN Amro lowered its fiscal 1999 earnings estimate for the company to $1.19 a share from $1.32.

On a day where the exploits of Italian

Christopher Columbus

are celebrated, the actions of

Galileo

(GLC)

were not. The company was cut to neutral from strong buy by

Morgan Stanley

, right on the heels of its 16% drop on Oct. 5, when rival

Sabre

(TSG) - Get Report

announced the purchase of

Preview Travel

(PTVL)

. Things weren't adding up for Galileo, which hit a 52-week low and dropped 15/16, or 3.2%, to 28 3/16.