SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology bellwethers were the big newsmakers in today's session, but with mixed results.
There was conciliatory news from
, a negative earnings outlook on
, a positive report on
and news that
might be looking to make a purchase. In addition, a potential price cut from
sent its stock lower.
Microsoft closed higher on reports that it was looking to begin settlement talks with the
and 19 states, a settlement that the Justice Department apparently would be open to. Microsoft ended up 1 5/8, or 1%, at 172 13/16, though investors apparently felt better about the news earlier as the stock reached a high of 174 15/16.
Dell tumbled after
Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette
trimmed its first-quarter revenue estimate on the boxmaker to 15 cents from 17 cents. That compares with a 16-cent estimate from
. Dell closed down 2 3/8, or 6%, at 37 7/8. Dell was most active on the
Nasdaq Stock Market
, with 55 million shares changing hands.
America Online closed 10 11/16 higher, or 9%, at 129 15/16 after
raised its price target on the stock to 180 from 100 and raised its earnings estimate for 199 to 36 cents a share from 32 cents a share. That compares to the 34-cent a share estimate from
News that Yahoo! was looking to buy
sent broadcast.com up 37%. It closed 31 1/2 points higher at 116 1/2. Yahoo! was down 5 or 3% at 165.
Intel slid on a couple of items. There were reports that the company would announce that it was lowering the price of its recently introduced Pentium III by 20%. The news should not have come as too much of a surprise to industry
watchers, as reports of the chips sales have not been glowing.
also reported today that retail sales of processors powered by
Advanced Micro Devices
chips exceeded 50% of U.S. retail sales for the first time in February 1999.
One Day Removed
A day after its initial day of trading, shares of
closed 9 3/8 lower, or 12%, at 70 3/4. In related news,
Women First Healthcare
, a San Diego based Internet firm that also targets women, has filed for an initial public offering. Women First Healthcare, which focuses on the changing health needs of middle-aged women, can be found at www.womenfirst.com.