MARKET FOCUS: INVESTOR RELATIONS - Are PR players to blame for Internet IPO hype?/Dot-com start-ups are valued in millions of dollars before earning a penny in profit. Is PR fanning the flames of the current bull market? Isadore Barmash reports

Amazon.com. EarthWeb. Inktomi. Initial public offerings for Internet start-ups have helped ignite the stock market over the last 18 months, a time during which the Dow Jones industrial average propelled into and well above the unbelievable 11,000 level. Some Net stocks shot up astronomically and stayed there. Many fizzled.

by ISADORE BARMASH

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