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Editor's note: This series by James J. Cramer and Gary B. Smith examines the first 30 dot-com companies to go public. Cramer diagnoses how each company has weathered the sector's storms, while Smith charts their progress using technical analysis. Together, they offer a thorough, if abbreviated, sketch of the dot-com pioneers. Smith's first segment on the Dirty Thirty was published last Friday, as was the first part of Cramer's take on the group.

Seven more "Dirty 30" up, seven more "Dirty 30" down.

Is there a theme here? Yeah, I think so: the later you entered the game, the better your chart looks.

Let's see if that holds true when I do my next installment!


Gary B. Smith

and Silicon Valley columnist

Adam Lashinsky

face-off at the first


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Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. At time of publication, he held no positions in any securities mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Smith writes five technical analysis columns for each week, including Technician's Take, Charted Territory and TSC Technical Forum. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he welcomes your feedback at