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Lucent Technologies


rose 2.1% in early trading after announcing it won a $1 billion contract to be the main equipment supplier of data, voice and infrastructure technology for a major nationwide expansion by

SBC Communications


. SBC was up 1.7%.

Other network equipment stocks, hurt recently by fears of slowdown in telecommunications spending, were mixed early.


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was up 1.4%, but

Cisco Systems

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was down 1% in active trading and

Juniper Networks

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was down 1.9%.