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pcOrder.com dinged by downgrades

    E-commerce technology and content provider pcOrder.com fell 1 7/8, or 12 percent, to 14 1/4 Monday after a pair of brokerage firms downgraded the stock.

    Last week, pcOrder.com (Nasdaq: PCOR) posted a first-quarter loss of $2.4 million, or 14 cents a share, on sales of $15.3 million.

    On Monday, Pacific Growth Equities cut the stock from a "strong buy" recommendation to a "buy" while Southwest Securities chopped it from a "buy" rating to "accumulate."

    The $15.3 million in sales represented a 100 percent jump from the year-ago quarter when it lost $2.8 million, or 20 cents a share, on sales of $7.6 million.

    "In the first quarter, we focused on our core business -- expanding our content reach and contributing to the success of our current customers' businesses," said CEO Ross Cooley in a prepared release. "The convergence of content and commerce presents significant opportunity for pcOrder in the coming quarters as we continue to help our customers take advantage of the Internet as a business-to-business lifeline."

    pcOrder.com shares got off to a terrific start in its initial public offering in February 1999. Since then, its shares moved as high as 73 3/4 in November.

    Three of the four analysts tracking the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."

    First Call Corp. expects to lose 14 cents a share in its second quarter and 46 cents a share in the fiscal year.