A baker's dozen of stocks that have rewarded investors nicely


DO YOU want to invest in proven favorites? "Here are our analysts' favorite stocks among issues with the best five-year 'total return' [gain plus income] results," says S&P; Outlook, Sept. 15.

"In order, America Online Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp., Clear Channel Communications Inc., Intel Corp., International Business Machines Corp., Staples Inc., Pfizer Inc., Warner Lambert Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., American Express Co. and Home Depot Inc."

SAFETY NETS: Are you worried about the stock market -- even those analysts' favorites? "The bull market won't last forever," says Family Money, September-October, "so even bulls need bonds. Bonds and bond funds cushion the stock market's eventual fall. They provide a safety net, keeping your capital safe and providing a steady income to live on."

LOWER YOUR RISK: "Although risk is an inevitable part of investing, the longer your perspective the less you need to worry about risk. Stocks are risky short-term -- prices can fluctuate wildly -- but long-run, a diversified list of quality stocks is not risky." (Better Investing)

WALL STREET WATCH: "The S&P; 500 index is now forming a large 'head and shoulders' pattern, implying a possible downside reversal. The poor bond market also is a major negative." ("Wall Street Notes" in this week's Barron's)

"Technology stocks will lead the market into the next millennium." (Morgan Growth Stock Report)

"The market is now entering a dangerous period. The upside potential is extremely limited, and the risk is huge. If the Dow closes below 10,466, watch for a rush to the exits." (Wellington Letter)

"Market is oversold again and is likely to bounce higher -- but beware the September-October negative history." (Professional Tape Reader)

Pub Date: 9/22/99

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