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Did you look for me on the


show today? Yeah, I wasn't there. I had to miss the Friday taping so I could watch Diana swim in the finals of the 50-yard breaststroke. She was seeded fifth going into the prelims -- and that's exactly how she finished in the morning. It's Friday afternoon as I write this, and we head back to the pool in a few hours. She has an outside shot at a top three spot, but realistically, the 50-yard is not her strong suit. Frankly, I'll be satisfied with a personal best.

Tomorrow night, though, is the 100-yard breaststroke finals -- assuming she qualifies! -- where if she's going to make her mark, that will be the event. I don't even want to speculate what could, should or would happen in that one. I'm getting nervous just writing this paragraph!

But I am never nervous answering your questions. At least the easy ones, which, as I am judge and jury for this column, are the only ones I select anyway. So fire away. I bail out on all high hard ones, but hanging curveballs? I'm swinging away, folks!

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A Falling Food Chain

Gary: What is your technical take on Albertson's (ABS) ? These guys have taken a dive from the 60s to the mid-20s. They are the second-largest food chain in the world, great educational philanthropists, too, but their amount of giving is tied to their stock price. Looking at the five-year chart they seem to have hit bottom support. Is this a good time to invest? Please advise! Bruce Paul Marks

A Take on Terayon

Gary: What about Terayon (TERN) ? Martha Ann Daniel

Counting on Coffee

Gary: Starbucks (SBUX) broke above 28 and went to 34. It is now 33. What is your reading of the chart? John Bushnell

CHiPs Ahoy!

Gary: My son the California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer is driving a new BMW bike but owns a Harley-Davidson undefined and also Harley stock. He loves the heated handgrips on the BMW, but should he continue to grip his Harley stock to keep him warm? Robert Barnett

KIDE Stuff

Gary: I have been holding 4 Kids Entertainment (KIDE) for almost a year now. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Please make a chart and give me your opinion. Mohammed Ashraf

A Check Point Checkup

Gary: What are your recommendations on Check Point Software (CHKP) ? I have owned this stock for 18 months at a cost basis of 17. Do I hold or take my profits now? Jerome H.

Compaq vs. Dell

Gary: We need to sell either Compaq undefined or Dell (DELL) -- how about a chart analysis? Phyllis Barrow

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