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Storage Stocks Weather Monday's Selloff

The storage networking industry remained mostly insulated from Monday's widespread stock market decline, perhaps due to an inevitable heightened awareness of the need for data backup and recovery.

In the first trading since last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., most technology and networking stocks were in decline (see Market Reopens, LR Index Hits New Low). Storage networking companies, however, suffered only minor losses, and in some cases they even registed a small gain.

Sector bellwether EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) lost only 20 cents per share from its previous closing price, ending the day at $13.75. Other storage-specific companies weathered the day with similar small losses: Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) dropped 17 cents per share to $20.23, Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) was down 65 cents to $9.97, and Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) was down 85 cents to $23.17. All avoided large declines.

Two tape-library leaders, StorageTek (NYSE: STK) and Advanced Digital Information Corp. (Nasdaq: ADIC), even eked out rare gains on Monday, with StorageTek climbing 51 cents per share to $14.41, while ADIC added 47 cents per share to finish at $11.92.

Wall Street analysts covering the storage industry say that last week's terrorist attacks may spur companies that hadn't yet implemented data storage and backup plans to do so, leading to incremental sales gains in the latter part of the year.

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