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What are the top stocks owned by the Dems in Congress, and which stocks do the Republicans prefer?


I highly recommend any of Seth Godin's books on marketing. He sold his marketing company to Yahoo! ( YHOO) in the '90s for about $40 million and then went on to become an online marketing guru. Yesterday he wrote an interesting anecdote about Picasso. Not sure what it has to do with marketing, but it's worth thinking about.


The latest updated list of the top medical stocks, as ranked by Investor's Business Daily using its CANSLIM approach.


Wow! Ticker Sense notes something interesting about the current P/E ratios of growth stocks vs. value stocks. It appears growth is cheaper.


Seeking Alpha wonders whether Microsoft ( MSFT) should buy Research in Motion ( RIMM).


RealMoney contributor (and Stockpickr member) Michael Comeau unveils the Jack Bauer/"24" Portfolio: the companies that allow Bauer to "defeat terrorists and assorted evildoers."


Bill Cara does a good analysis of Amgen ( AMGN).


ET Stock Ideas believes banana company Chiquita Brands ( CQB) is attractive here.


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Former SEC chief Richard Breeden is one of the first ex-government officials to start an activist hedge fund. He must've had bad service one day in the suburbs because 13DTracker is noting that Breeden is going crazy all over Applebee's ( APPB).


I cannot imagine raising $4 million for a company when I was in high school. And, for that matter, I can't imagine giving money to high school kids.


Ahh, Google ( GOOG). We hardly knew ye. Google: 1997-2006.


If you are debating working on Wall Street, you have two choices: Banking or trading. Roger Ehrenberg at Information Arbitrage has a handle on both options.


David Neubert points out that Yahoo! blows away Google in time spent online.


Barry Ritholz and I have often debated on whether it's good for companies to buy back their shares. I believe it's an enormously bullish sign when profitable companies are going out there and backing up the truck on their own shares. This morning I point out what I believe are the top 10 companies maxing out their buyback programs.
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