BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Stock are trading this morning, following one of the worst weeks for stocks in 2010. The S&P 500 index fell 5.03% in the last five trading days, jarring investors who'd hoped that July would turn around the bearish sentiment and added volatility of the last two months.
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Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) has been enjoying the economic hemming and hawing this year. While many thought that the dollar store dominance would come to an end in 2010, these chains have thrived amid continued high unemployment and economic uncertainty, as well as cutbacks in consumer spending. And when it comes to discount retailers, Family Dollar provides investors with one of the most impressive footprints: 6,600 stores in 44 states.
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There's no question that First Solar ( FSLR) was one of Wall Street's darlings back in 2007 when alternative energy was hot and capital was cheap. But while the stock fell from grace in recent years, this solar panel giant could be making a big comeback in 2010 thanks to serious fundamental prowess.
Increasing analyst sentiment is also at play in shares of Aixtron Aktiengesellschaft ( AIXG), a German semiconductor ADR that trades on the Nasdaq. While this $2.63 billion chip play has hardly been a blip on most investors' radars this year, a colossal devaluation makes shares interesting right now -- particularly on the heels of a tumbling euro.
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