iXL Enterprises

(IIXL)

was up 6.7% midafternoon after it announced that several investors, among them its largest shareholders, bought 15.9 million shares of the Internet consulting company. Another Internet consultant,

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, was unchanged at 6 cents.

Prudential Securities

this afternoon said it was dropping coverage in the wake of the ailing company's decision to sell parts of its operation. ". . .when the end comes, there will be no value to common shareholders," Prudential said.