Although technology remains absent from the investor's list of sure things, investors shouldn't write the industry off.
Murky economic data fail to lift major benchmarks. New jobless claims decline modestly. Alcoa and Cisco lead the Dow higher as Bank of America and Travelers lag behind.
The Chevy Volt is where the IBM PC was 1981: an overpriced, bulky first step toward a new world.
Financials lead the market. Existing-home sales increase, boosting homebuilder stocks. The government raises its third-quarter GDP estimate. Oil prices top $90.
These three bond funds employ strategies designed to excel in difficult market conditions.
US customers will soon be able to pay for their coffee with their smart phones.
These funds should capture the strength of the power industry in 2011.
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