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Stock Watch: NDB Shares Rise on Higher Earnings Forecast

National Discount Brokers Group, Inc. rose 14 1/2 to 45 1/2 Tuesday after the company reported that earnings and revenue for the just-completed quarter would "substantially exceed" analysts' forecasts. The company credited the booming stock market and the success of its online brokerage unit, NDB.com ...

Stock Watch: 24/7 Deal Boosts Exactis

Exactis.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: XACT) rose 7 13/16 to 26 1/2 Tuesday following news that the e-mail marketing company will be acquired by 24/7 Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: TFSM) in an all-stock deal worth about $490 million. Under the agreement, each Exactis common share will be exchanged for 0.60 24/7 common shares. Shares of 24/7, a global advertising and direct-marketing company, closed at 46 1/2 down 3...

Stock Watch: MatrixOne IPO Set To Soar

The initial public offering of MatrixOne, a software company that develops Internet business collaboration solutions, is expected to get off to an extremely strong start today. The company priced five million shares at $25 per share, above the IPO's revised price range of $20 to $22 and more than double the low end of the original range of $12 to $14...

Stock Watch: Stellar Debuts for Net.Genesis, Avenue A

The online marketing/advertising sector is currently dominated by DoubleClick and Engage Technologies, but investors clearly think there is a lot of room for competition. Online marketing/advertising companies Net.Genesis (Nasdaq: NTGX) and Avenue A (Nasdaq: AVEA) both went public on Tuesday and racked up tremendous gains. Shares of Net.Genesis more than tripled, soaring 38-13/16 to 56-13/16, a gain of nearly 216 percent. Meanwhile, shares of Avenue A tripled, gaining 48 to 72...

Stock Watch: Niku IPO Also Rockets

The initial public offering of e-business software company Niku Corporation (Nasdaq: NIKU) also had a great first day on a busy Tuesday for big IPOs. Shares of Niku, which sells software that helps online businesses manage professional services, gained 45 to close at 69 on Tuesday. Niku priced eight million shares at $24, above its revised range of $20 to $22 and double the high end of its original range of $10 to $12...

Stock Watch: Sears Rises After News of E-Commerce Venture

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) rose 1 3/8 to 27 5/16 Monday after the venerable retailer announced a deal with French department store company Carrefour SA to form a global Internet-based venture to link retailers and suppliers. The plan, which follows a similar alliance announced Friday by the Big Three auto manufacturers, is designed to cut costs and speed up ordering. The companies plan to have the exchange operating in about a month...

Stock Watch: LookSmart Climbs on Bullish Analyst Report

Shares of Web directory provider LookSmart Ltd. (Nasdaq: LOOK) gained 6 3/8 to 48 1/16 Monday after U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray began coverage of the stock with a "strong buy" recommendation. Analyst Safa Rashtchy set a 12-month price target for the stock at $94, based on a multiple of 48 times his calendar 2001 revenue estimate of $168 million ...

Stock Watch: Lawsuit Sends Musicmaker Lower

Musicmaker.com (Nasdaq: HITS) fell 13 percent Monday, following news that a class action lawsuit had been filed on behalf of everyone who bought Musicmaker shares between July 7 and November 15, 1999. The company, which provides custom CDs and digital downloading of licensed music from the Internet, said it had not seen the complaint and was not aware of the basis for the charges...

Stock Watch: Palm Raises IPO Range

As expected, the terms for the already huge initial public offering from Palm Pilot manufacturer and 3Com subsidiary Palm, Inc. have gotten even larger. Monday, Palm set the top end of its proposed price range at $30 to $32 after targeting an original range of $14 to $16. Palm, which is expected to go public on Wednesday, will offer 23 million shares...

Stock Watch: Puma Technology Keeps Soaring

Shares of Puma Technology (Nasdaq: PUMA), which develops software for handheld computers and other wireless devices, continued a remarkable run on Monday, gaining 16-3/16 to 178-3/4. Puma Technology's stock is now nearly 48 times higher than its 52-week low ...

Stock Watch: $200 Price Target for Digital Island

Shares of Digital Island (Nasdaq: ISLD), which provides a global delivery network for online businesses, climbed 2 to 111 on Monday after Bear Stearns reiterated its buy rating on the company and gave the stock a $200 price target. Bear Stearns was the lead underwriter for Digital Island's initial public offering last June. On Friday, Lehman Brothers, which was a co-manager for Digital Island's IPO, started coverage of the company with a buy rating...

Stock Watch: Big Three Automakers Boost Commerce One, Oracle

Business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions provider Commerce One, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMRC) closed up 34 at 213.06 Friday after General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG announced a plan to create an online purchasing exchange for parts and supplies. Commerce One is GM 's technology partner in the Web venture. Oracle Corp., which has a similar agreement with Ford, closed up 8.69 at70 5/8. Ford and GM will also swap stakes in one another's technology partners, and Oracle and Commerce One will have representation on the new venture's board. The companies said Friday that other automakers may also join the alliance...

Stock Watch: Internet Capital Falls as Investor Bails Out

Internet Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICGE) fell 10 percent Friday after Ipalco Enterprises, Inc. and its affiliate Mid-America Capital Resources, Inc. said they sold 50,000 Internet Capital shares at an average price of $113 5/8 each. Internet Capital is the holding company for a number of B2B e-commerce ventures ...

Stock Watch: Digital Think IPO Gets Good Reception

DigitalThink, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTHK), which calls itself "an e-learning company," more than doubled in its first day of trading. The software company sold 4.4 million common shares at $14 each in an offering managed by Credit Suisse First Boston, Chase H&H and Robertson Stephens. The company provides training courses to such clients as Cisco Systems, Adobe Systems, KPMG and Deutsche Bank...

Stock Watch: Another Big Week for IPOs

The marquee initial public offering scheduled for this week is the long-awaited 3Com spinoff of Palm, Inc., which manufactures the Palm Pilot. In a whopping offering of 23 million shares, the company is expected to raise about $345 million, based on the proposed price range of $14 to $16. That range, however, has a good chance of being raised ...

Stock Watch: Nortel Agreement Puts ‘Research’ In Motion

Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) rose 24 percent to a 52-week high Thursday after the company and Nortel Networks Corp. revealed plans to offer wireless Internet services and "connected computing appliances." ...

Stock Watch: Priceline Jumps on News of New CFO

Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) rose more than nine percent to close at 56.75 Thursday after the "name-your-own price" pioneer announced the hiring of former Citigroup chief financial officer Heidi Miller as its new CFO ...

Stock Watch: MyPoints Gains on Successful Stock Sale

MyPoints.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYPT) gained 5.88 to close at 51.88 Thursday after the direct-marketing company said it sold $183.5 million worth of common shares in a secondary offering. MyPoints, which runs customer-reward programs for retailers, said the sale of four million shares at $45.875 each raised $105 million before underwriting expenses. Some of the shares were sold by stockholders...

Stock Watch: Broadvision, Art Technology Settle Suit

One day after e-commerce infrastructure companies Broadvision (Nasdaq: BVSN) and Art Technology (Nasdaq: ARTG) settled a patent infringement suit, investors bid up the stocks of both companies. Shares of Broadvision, one of the top-performing stocks in the past year, soared 10.3 percent on Thursday, gaining 21-7/16 to 229-3/16. Shares of Art Technology gained more than 3.4 percent, climbing 4-13/16 to 144-13/16...

Stock Watch: Transaction Systems Flies High After Upgrade

Shares of e-commerce software company Transaction Systems (Nasdaq: TSAI) soared 43.7 percent on Thursday, thundering ahead 12-1/8 to 39-7/8 after Credit Suisse First Boston upgraded the stock to strong buy from buy. The investment firm has a $60 price target on Transaction Systems, which develops electronic payment/funds transfer solutions ...

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