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Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and IBM: Why These Stocks Matter

Here are some dividend-paying stalwarts -- all three of which are components of the Dow -- trading close to bargain pricing. They are "brands" that are well known, enduring and trusted for innovation and production. If you believe the stock market is going higher and that a "rising tide lifts all boats," then Microsoft, Intel and IBM pay you to ride them to higher tides.

Having mentioned in a recent article that I anticipate both Microsoft and another popular stock, Apple (AAPL), will correct a bit before continuing their ascent higher, I'm also wondering if two of the "dogs of the Dow," IBM and Intel, will do the same. In spite of all the street talk that IBM is losing business to "the cloud" and Intel's race to catch up with the demands of the mobile device manufacturers, both companies many ways to make money and have recurring streams of operating cash flow.

As for Amazon, perhaps the sky's the limit. On 60 Minutes Sunday night, CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrated that the company is "testing drones" for same-day package delivery. Sunday delivery for "prime" customers using the U.S. Postal Service wasn't impressive enough? Now I have visions of ordering a product at Amazon.com and within hours a drone missile flies down my chimney and delivers its payload to our shock and awe.

What will they think of next?

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Marc Courtenay is the founder and owner of Advanced Investor Technologies, LLC, as well as the publisher and editor of www.ChecktheMarkets.com.

Courtenay holds a Master's of Science degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, and is a former senior vice-president of Investments for two major brokerage firms. He's been a fiercely independent investment "investigator" and a consulting contributor to the investment publishing world for over 30 years. In addition to his role as an investment publisher and analyst, he serves as a marketing consultant to the investment media industries.

In his role as a financial editor, he specializes in unique investment strategies, overlooked stock investments, energy and resource companies, precious metals, emerging growth companies, the prudent use of option strategies,real estate related opportunities,wealth preservation, money-saving offers, risk management, tax issues, as well as "the psychology of investing". Because of his training and background in Clinical Counseling and Psychology, he enjoys writing about investor behavior, the ¿herd mentality, how to turn investment mistakes into investment breakthroughs and the stock market's behavioral trends and patterns.
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