The economy, Europe and earnings, including reports from Goldman Sachs, eBay, Google and Microsoft, will command a lot of investor attention. And 4 big reports will help clarify whether the housing market is starting to mend.
They handily outperformed in 2011, but recent technical action suggests the Dow could be more vulnerable than the now-lagging S&P 500.
The smarter tech companies have already moved away from the personal computer.
The storage market is rapidly changing in the age of big data and cloud computing.
Unless the company starts to serve third-party resellers better, it will begin to lose market share.
Surprising 2011 outperformance has left many big Dow stocks close to overbought, but several strong performers still have upside potential.
Satellite television, railroads and beverage packagers should be early beneficiaries of any recovery.
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