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Amgen's Climbing Up the Ladder

Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) finds itself at the bottom
of the colorectal-cancer ladder these days. And that's not a great
place to be -- especially when you consider what lies at the end of the
colon.

Up More Than 100% and Still a Bargain

In normal times, an unemployment figure hovering within spitting
distance of 10% would be bad news indeed. These are far from normal
times, of course, and the government's latest reading of 9.4% was taken
as excellent news, with the stock market shooting up nicely in
response. That's particularly remarkable given the months-long rally
we've been on, an upswing that's seen the S&P 500 tack on more than
40% since hitting its March lows.

Microsoft's Bing Hit With Illegal Pharmacy Ads

It's usually a compliment to be compared to China's fast-growing Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), but Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Bing is being compared in a notorious way.

Lessons I've Learned -- the Hard Way

I've written more articles about the mistakes I've made in investing
than I'd care to count. Still, it's an important subject to reflect on
now and then. We all do regrettable things in our investing careers,
after all, and if we're smart, we spend some time thinking about them
and learning from them.

Options? Are You Nuts?!

Well, so much for that summer rally.

At minimum, it looks like we're in for a period of heavy back-and-forth volatility like that we saw several months ago.

What the Zune HD Can Do for NVIDIA

OK, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) won't do much damage to the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone with the release of the Zune HD media player. In fact, it probably won't even dent the iPod Touch, which is a closer rival in the pure media-player space.

Did Apple Do Dell Another Favor?

China was supposed to belong to the iPhone. Sorry, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL); Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) beat you to it.

Warren Buffett Goes Buying … and Selling

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

It's not surprising that mimicking Warren Buffett's moves
over the years would leave you well ahead of the pack. That's why it's
great news that as an elephant-sized investment vehicle, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) is required to periodically report some of its investments.

7 Shots at Superior Returns

Finding those superior investment ideas for putting your hard-earned dollars to work can be quite intimidating. Value? Momentum? Five-star? What factor will give you that edge to find a 10-bagger?

Confessions of a Large-Cap Chauvinist

Last week, I warned people not to make dumb decisions
in the face of financial pressure. Many readers took issue with me for
warning people about penny stocks, accusing me of "large-cap
chauvinism."