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  • Risk averse? Think tech. Really.

    This article was published in the March issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica 

    The tech-heavy Nasdaq index may be nearing its early-2000 levels, but the technology sector looks nothing like it did in the bubble years.

    For starters, these shares are no longer absurdly valued. In fact, they trade at lower price/earnings ratios, based on projected profits, than the broad market. And many old-guard names are downright unloved, making them targets MORE

    Mar 10, 2014 9:26 AM ET
  • Riding momentum isn't a sin

    This article was published in the December issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    Buy low and sell high may be the first rule of investing, but that doesn't mean you should invest only in poorly performing shares while ignoring stocks on a roll.

    If this year's market has taught you anything, it's that stocks that go up can keep climbing higher. In fact, history shows investing in the prior year's top-returning groups MORE

    Dec 18, 2013 7:59 AM ET
  • How to profit from a breakup

    This article was published in the November issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    You'd think in a sluggish economy corporations sitting on mountains of cash would try to use some of that money to buy growth through acquisitions. Lately, though, the opposite has been taking place.

    Kraft (KRFT) just completed the sale of its global snack business to the public through a spinoff. Other giants, like News Corp. (NWSA), Pfizer MORE

    Nov 5, 2012 9:58 AM ET
  • Home is where the recovery is

    This article was published in the October issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: The housing market has finally hit bottom. After years of false hope, that may seem hard to believe. But home sales are indeed rebounding. And prices nationwide climbed 2.5% in June.

    Be careful, though, about how you invest in this nascent recovery. Homebuilder stocks have been surging for months MORE

    - Oct 4, 2012 10:12 AM ET
  • Rx for buying health care stocks

    This column appeared in the September issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    After the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the prognosis for health care shares generally improved. Some managed-care companies and hospitals were dubbed big winners, since reform's survival means that more Americans will probably utilize -- and have the coverage to pay for -- medical services.

    While the ruling clearly lifted a huge uncertainty from this sector, MORE

    - Aug 29, 2012 8:08 AM ET
  • Invest for a low, slow recovery


    This column appeared in the August issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    In three years since the Great Recession ended, the economy has been running at temps that only a barbecue pit master could love: just hot enough to smoke a bit but nowhere near enough to sizzle. And that's not likely to change anytime soon.

    In late June the Federal Reserve was predicting the U.S. economy would grow 1.9% MORE

    - Aug 1, 2012 9:36 AM ET
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#StupidStock Move of the Day! Yes, Urban Outfitters may be finally turnings things around. But $URBN up 17%? Seems a bit excessive, no?
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