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This column was originally published on RealMoney on June 6 at 11:49 a.m. EDT. It's being republished as a bonus for readers.

The tug of war between slow but consistent growth and fast but inconsistent growth right now is being won by the former. That's how you see

Johnson & Johnson

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holding its ground but

U.S. Steel

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getting killed or

Allegheny Technologies

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getting clocked. People are just looking for safety wherever they can find it.

Can't blame anyone. The question is, how nimble can you be? Can you jump into J&J and


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and then jump out in time to catch


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Network Appliance

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? Are you able to leap from


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to momentum in tech in a single bound?

I always settle for an 18-month horizon for doing both ,but that might mean some serious pain, pain that can be alleviated by the Novocain of an all-beverage-and-cereal portfolio. But I can't get in and get out in time for

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Still, I ponder the great rush to own all sorts of companies that have sub-par but consistent growth. Many of the drug companies have that: Check out


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( WYE).

Many of the food companies have it too:

General Mills

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, Hershey and


( KFT).

But nobody cares at the inflection point.

I am not railing against the market. If you can be nimble, go for it.

Remember, though, that the market always, in the end, rewards growth -- wherever it can find it. If you can get out of Network Appliance and Apple to get back in three months from now, terrific.

I can't.

So I won't.

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