Editor's Note: Gary B. Smith's column runs exclusively on RealMoney.com; this is a special free look at his column. For a free trial subscription to RealMoney.com, click here. This article was published Feb. 1 on RealMoney. Boy, I am glad January is over. No matter what your approach is to trading or investing, I think that had to be deemed a rough month. But I'm always interested in how rough it specifically was for readers. Following on from a few weeks ago, I'm going to start a monthly survey at the beginning of each month that takes a snapshot as to where we all stand. As reference, the New York Stock Exchange finished the month down 1.9%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1%, and the Nasdaq down only 0.85%. Vote early, vote often, but do vote! Through January, I am... Down more than 5% Down 2% to 5% Down less than 2% to up less than 1% (essentially flat!) Up 1% to 4% Up more than 4% Today, the Nasdaq, Palm ( PALM), Accenture ( ACN), Ericsson ( ERICY), Ashland ( ASH), Network Appliance ( NTAP) and Halliburton ( HAL).
And that is a wrap from the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints, where I'm embarrassed to say that even the 70-year-old rowers participating are in better shape than I am. By this time next year, though, I hope to at least be competitive with them!