Checklist of the good, the bad and the ugly as we ponder which stocks institutions are going to pile into at the end of the quarter:

  • The good: Personal computer companies and the semiconductors that go into them. Also, companies that make wireless handset equipment and the semis that go into them. And Net companies with earnings.
  • The bad: Companies that are totally conceptual in nature and derive most of their revenues from Net consulting.
  • The ugly: Companies that are totally conceptual, derive most of their revenues from Net consulting and have accounting problems, and biotech companies with patent problems.

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