MINNEAPOLIS (Stockpickr) -- Depending on your viewpoint, the market is either teetering on the brink of a potential collapse and correction or simply building a base for more gains. Knowing the outcome at this point in the game is a guess at best.I can make a case for both. On one hand, a market that puts up a record gain for December is long due of a pause. On the other hand, stimulus, value vs. bonds, a strengthening job market, a more-optimistic consumer and impressive corporate earnings suggest that stocks are due for more gains. These are very difficult circumstances for traders. In fact, the conditions are perfect for those patient investors who adhere to a buy-and-hold strategy. Ah yes, the same buy-and-hold strategy that has been so disastrous to investors over the last decade. Hey, I'm open to giving any approach its due. The market is notorious for swinging from one extreme to another. Trading indeed has ruled the day for much of the past three years or more, but who is to say that trading makes the most sense at this very moment in time? Related: 7 Big Brands, 7 Big Stocks I'm not suggesting that trading is dead. Instead, investors might benefit from taking a break from the day-to-day or tick-by-tick action in the market. Give yourself a breather and let Mr. Market do whatever he is going to do in the short term. If you have a portfolio, let current positions run. My guess is that you will end up wiser and richer for it down the road. In my opinion, letting your investments ripen now beats banging your head against the wall in search of clues on direction that cannot be found. While we sit back and enjoy the show, here are some musings on 13 names that are on my radar due to recent news or active trading -- several of which strike me as strong buy-and-hold candidates. Goldman Sachs ( GS): Signs of a market top: The king of deal-making is in the news with respect to its investment in Internet fad and social network king Facebook. It is interesting to note that one of the company's fund managers took a pass on the deal, citing that an investment in Facebook did not fit the investment strategy of the fund. Funny: Goldman will make a ton of money selling the deal to others, but the investment was not strong enough for its own proprietary product.
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