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During the week of Nov. 19, readers searched for these 10 stocks more than any others. Research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.


E*Trade Financial

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: E*Trade is the most recent victim of the mortgage maelstrom. The company's brilliant strategy to diversify its business away from pure brokerage services has backfired, crushing current shareholders. However, speculation of a possible takeout by

Charles Schwab

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TD Ameritrade

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has buoyed the stock. However, I would not put any new money into this name, as many investors remain fearful of further losses yet to be announced. --




(GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Report

: I said to lock and load on this name

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last week, and if you pulled the trigger, you have a nice gain of over $60. At this level, I would wait on market weakness (i.e., continual bad news from the financial or housing sector) to add to any Google position. --




(AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report

: Same situation as Google. Apple made a nice run last week after being a victim of recent market weakness. I see no reason to "pay up," as the market environment will offer opportunities to buy this tech stalwart at lower levels. --





: This stock is down close to 30% in less than a month, with no change in fundamentals. I would be an aggressive buyer of the stock at these levels. --



Research In Motion


: I refer you to the notes on Google and Apple above. This is a great company in a tough overall market. Use weakness to your advantage. --




(CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems Inc. Report

: Last week, I said I would be an aggressive buyer of John Chambers and company below $29. I reiterate that stance today. --




(C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report

: Citi is such a mess that I am beginning to think the U.S. Congress looks diligent and conscientious in comparison. But the million-dollar question (more like multibillion-dollar) question is -- Does the current stock price reflect all the problems? With Citigroup management insisting that the dividend is safe, I find value at these levels. --



Freeport McMoRan

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: Commodity plays live and die by global economic growth, and FCX reflected this sentiment last week. The base metal traded down on higher inventory levels and macroeconomic fears of a potential U.S. slowdown or recession, and so did the stock. --



Sirius Satellite Radio

(SIRI) - Get Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Report

: Everything hinges on federal regulatory approval for the proposed marriage with

XM Satellite


. It is simply a waiting game. --




(BIDU) - Get Baidu Inc. 百度 Report

: A steep price correction that

did not come unexpectedly. I would build back a position in this highflying China stock with any dip below $300 as the next buy level. --


Patrick Schultz is a research associate at In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He has previously obtained Securities licenses under the NASD?s Series 7, Series 24, Series 52, and Series 63 exams and has worked in the financial markets on various trading desks in addition to trading for his own account. Schultz appreciates your feedback;

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