This column was originally published on RealMoney on Dec. 7 at 8:43 a.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.

There's been a great debate going on recently where folks are arguing the merits of owning

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

vs. those of owning

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

.

I can't agree or disagree with any of the fundamental arguments, because I don't believe they matter. Or at least they don't matter in my analysis.

As usual, I'm looking at what the stock charts of these two technology behemoths are saying.

Once again, they tell all and provide a very clear direction to trade.

I'll check back in a few weeks to see how it worked out.

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Also today, the

Nasdaq

,

Schering-Plough

(SGP)

,

Stratex Networks

(STXN)

,

Ford

(F) - Get Report

,

Sears Holdings

(SHLD)

and

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

.

And that is the final word from Winter Garden, Fla., where the most dramatic sporting event of the year still has to be the PGA Tour Qualifying School. I can't even imagine the pressure of a 6-day tournament where your performance determines your livelihood for the next 12 months. Worst of all, you can't even blame it on subjectivity. Instead your "worth" is all there in cold, hard numbers.

Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider Stratex Networks to be a small-cap stock. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

Buy Microsoft, Short Google

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Worden Brothers Inc.

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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.

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