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It's ironic that although much of my focus is on the short term, my

column a few weeks ago highlighting

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as a terrific long-term holding generated a lot of response.

In case you missed that column, I'll summarize it here.

Naturally, I put the fundamentals aside.

I opted instead to review a thing of charting beauty:

Exxon Mobil's 20 years of almost uninterrupted growth.

And being a well-reasoned trader, I offered an exit strategy too.

"Sell, of course, when we stop driving cars."

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And that is the final word from Mountain View, Calif., where I'm guessing it won't be too long before the Google witch-hunt begins. Forget the benefits of free WiFi, a virtual Library of Congress and the greatest search engine ever. Instead, you'll hear the usual cries of "monopoly," "too powerful," "too greedy" and "bug-ridden."

Eventually, some congressman will be authoring a windfall tax bill directed specifically at the company. Of course, the Justice Department will be looking to break it up anyway, and the EU will pretty much have outlawed its existence!

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Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks.

Smith writes a daily technical analysis column for and also produces a daily premium product for called The Chartman's Top Stocks --

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