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

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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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