The Top 10 Most Searched Stocks on TheStreet.com

Apple was on readers' minds after CEO Steve Jobs said he would be taking a leave of absence until the end of June.
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Technology stocks led the way in the latest edition of the top 10 most searched stocks on

TheStreet.com

, with

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

in particular in the spotlight.

Apple was on readers' minds after CEO

Steve Jobs

said Wednesday that he would be taking a leave of absence until the end of June due to health reasons.

With the brains behind the Apple machine on leave, could

Research in Motion

(RIMM)

capture market share? That's what many analysts are trying to figure out. RIM has long been strong among enterprise users, but it has been looking for a way to make more inroads in the consumer market.

Next up is

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

, which became a popular search topic after competitor

Lexmark

(LXK)

preannounced dismal fourth-quarter results, citing weak printer sales.

Financials are also a leading sector in the top 10. First up is

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

. In order to digest its

Merrill Lynch

acquisition, the struggling bank is seeking a

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

-type deal for more than $15 billion in extra TARP money.

Citigroup

is also on the list. The big bank will announce its quarterly numbers on Friday, and it's expected to post its fifth straight quarterly loss. Many analysts are also looking for details on the potential break-up of the company.

Citi already said this week it will merge its Smith Barney brokerage unit with a division of

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

.

Next up is

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

, which said its jet-engine unit will lay off more than 1,000 workers. Jim Cramer is a buyer of this stock, and he owns shares for his Action Alerts Plus Portfolio. To see what else Cramer is buying,

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Industrial company

Caterpillar

(CAT) - Get Report

is next on the list. Cramer says this is the best way to play Obama's stimulus package, but some analysts wonder if that will be enough to help the stock.

OPEC's lower demand expectations for 2009 put

ConocoPhillips

(COP) - Get Report

on the list. The company reports its mid-quarter update on Friday, after which Cramer says to consider buying the stock.

Cramer said on Mad Money

that it trades at the steepest discount ever to its peers. (To get up-to-the-minute analysis from Cramer, check out RealMoney.com.

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Next on the list is

DryShips

(DRYS) - Get Report

. This stock is incredibly volatile, but

Cramer said on Mad Money

he would be a buyer. He thinks the sector is going to benefit from China's upcoming stimulus and telecom packages.

Finally, there's

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

. The consumer is not spending a great deal, but anyone who is, is going to Wal-Mart. Many analysts say it's the one retailer worth owning. Although the company lowered guidance, Cramer is adding it to his Action Alerts Plus portfolio.

Alix joined TheStreet.com TV in February 2007. Previously, she held positions in film and theater production, management, and legal administration. Alix has a degree in communications and theater from Northwestern University.