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Market Outlook -- 1/16/05

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The earnings season "hits its stride" this week and if the recent volatility in equity values is any indication of things to come, get ready for a roller-coaster ride. Our objective is to avoid the headaches associated with falling stock prices, especially those migraines that come when a portfolio position is hammered on weak profits or a mediocre outlook. With that attititude in mind, we chose a stock in the healthcare group; a segment of the market which has been posting some outstanding profits this quarter. We also looked at a number of companies in the Internet group, as they led the advance in technology shares Friday. After some lengthy scans, the obvious winner was a bullish web retailer. Look to the next post for these new positions...
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