The fourth-quarter earnings season is likely to feature an uneasy combination of caution and celebration.
If you look at the list of companies that fared the best over the final month of 2012, you'll find a number of them are technology and internet related.
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And if talk about control laws continues to grow louder, firearms makers could see a rush in sales before any legislation takes effect.
Mutual fund flows suggest investors have been moving out of equities, but that data doesn't account for the increasing appeal of ETFs.
Each of these potential buys is a stalwart of one corner of the technology world; each offers investors a good bargain now and upside potential over the longer haul.
The Leucadia transaction could give the company the kind of capital it needs to embark on the final stage of that transformation from a second-tier trading firm into the latest generation of white-shoe investment bank.
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