Netscape's Second Wind

A major coup has given it a push in the E-commerce market

James L. Barksdale, chief executive of Netscape Communications Corp., just invested $7.3 million of his own cash in his company--the first time the 56-year-old executive has added to the $100 million-plus worth of stock options he received as compensation. Why the sudden affection for Netscape shares? For the first time in months, Barksdale has something to crow about: He pulled off a major coup in May, persuading Citibank to spend more than $20 million on Netscape software for its online financial-services empire.

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