PC maker

Gateway

(GTW)

was up 18.2% at midmorning after it reported third-quarter earnings of 46 cents a share, meeting the

First Call/Thomson Financial

forecast and beating the year-ago 35-cent result. The company said revenue growth of 20% to 21% is possible next year and indicated it is comfortable with earnings estimates of $2.29 a share for next year. Gateway lifted other PC stocks.

Compaq

(CPQ)

was up 6.9%,

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Apple

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was up 0.6% and

Dell

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was up 4.3%. The

Box Maker Index

(BMX)

was up 5.1%.