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Metromedia Fiber Network


was up 23.5% near midday after it

reported a third-quarter loss of 17 cents per share, handily beating the Street's estimate of 22 cents. The company lost 16 cents per share in the year-ago period. Metromedia was boosting other network companies.


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was up 4.9%, and

Rhythms NetConnections


, which is due to report results after the close, was up 32.7%.