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Nasdaq soars past 3,000 level

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New York market: Analysts predict market decline despite rally

SO much for the broad rally in US stocks. The number of stocks declining each day on the New York Stock Exchange has exceeded the advancing issues for most of the past three months, and the average stock in the Nasdaq is down 32 per cent from its peak of the past year.

Outlook: Hi-tech exchanges


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THE LONDON Stock Exchange is poised to launch a technology market modelled on America's highly successful Nasdaq market and the more recent German Neuer Markt.

Workplace founders pocket pounds 3m each

THE THREE founders of Workplace Technologies, the network services group, yesterday received multi-million pound payouts after the business was acquired for pounds 81m by NTL, the Nasdaq-listed company poised to become Britain's largest cable operator.

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