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Do your investments keep you awake at night? "If you can't stomach the stock market's swings as it searches for a bottom, look for 'quiet' stocks," says Forbes, Feb. 5. Listed under the heading "Stocks To Help You Sleep at Night" are Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Darden Restaurants Inc., H. J. Heinz Co., NCR Corp., Tenet Healthcare Corp. and ConAgra Foods Inc.

VALUE LIST: "Growth stocks are still pricey," says Ken Safian, investment adviser. "But value stocks like Caterpillar Inc., Dow Chemical Co., and Ingersoll Rand Co. should benefit from a weaker dollar, lower trade deficit, tax cuts and more public spending."

FUND FACTS: Did you know that more than half of Americans don't know the difference between a stock and a bond? That only 12 percent know the difference between a load and a no-load fund? That only 16 percent have a clear understanding of an IRA (Individual Retirement Account)? (Better Investing, March)

WALL STREET WATCH: "I have always been intrigued that only one company in American history has been able to grow at 15 percent or higher for 15 consecutive years--and that was IBM." (Kenneth Janke, President, National Association of Investment Clubs)

"Everyone has the brainpower to follow the stock market. If you made it through fifth-grade math, you can do it." (Peter Lynch, former CEO, Fidelity Magellan Fund)

"This is no time to be bearish. Recent interest-rate cuts are clarion calls to investors that the market will strengthen. In the past, sharp declines in rates have produced higher stock prices." (Personal Finance)

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