New Year's week brought a sharp increase in traffic at financial Web sites as Internet users--finished with their holiday shopping and spending--reviewed their finances and checked on news about the Y2K computer bug.

Wells Fargo's banking and finance site (www.wellsfargo.com) saw usage jump 54 percent in the week ending Jan. 2, compared with the average of the previous three weeks, according to a survey by Media Metrix. Usage of Intuit's personal finance site (www.intuit.com) grew 45 percent, followed by the Charles Schwab stock-trading site (www. schwab.com), which had an increase in users of 39 percent.

"Genres of popular financial-site gainers ran the gamut last week," said Doug McFarland, general manager of Media Metrix. "People were interested in many different subjects, including banking, tax, investing and news."

And as New Year's resolutions kicked in, traffic jumped at health sites, too. WebMD (www. webmd.com) saw a 67 percent increase in visitors for the week, and OnHealth (www.onhealth.com) enjoyed a 50 percent jump.

GAINERS ON THE WEB

Internet users showed increased interest in financial issues in the week ended Jan. 2 as they reviewed finances and checked on the Y2K computer bug. Wells Fargo's banking and finance site showed a 54 percent increase.

Visitors to financial sites for week ended Jan. 2

* Average daily unique visitors: Wellsfargo.com (163,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 54%

* Average daily unique visitors: Intuit.com (183,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 45%

* Average daily unique visitors: Schwab.com (141,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 39%

* Average daily unique visitors: Smartmoney.com (56,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 36%

* Average daily unique visitors: Morningstar.com (54,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 30%

* Average daily unique visitors: Multexinvestor.com (53,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 27%

* Average daily unique visitors: Vanguard.com (53,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 27%

* Average daily unique visitors: Cnnfn.com (214,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 23%

* Average daily unique visitors: Ameritrade.com (54,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 23%

* Average daily unique visitors: Fidelity.com (187,000)

Percentage gain compared with average for three prior weeks: 20%

SOURCE: Media Metrix