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Is It Time to Sell This Sector?

Running a 24-hour live chat for charity last week was fun and helped a good cause. It also provided a good snippet of what is on the minds of investors in The Motley Fool community.

This NICE Deal Could Foreshadow 2011

There's no doubt that the topic of health-care reform ruled 2010 for health-care stocks -- and 2009, for that matter. This article alone had 284 comments and nearly 150 recommendations

The Optimist's Guide to 2011

Things tend to get better over time. That's just the way it works. Life expectancy, real income, technology, medicine, transportation, communication ... these things tend to rise relentlessly higher for the majority of the world over time, pushing aside wars, famines, recessions, and natural disasters that get in their way.

Can the Economy Recover in 2011?

 Before you get too excited, I'm not planning on throwing my hat in the ring with my own predictions for the economy next year. I find plenty of ways to be wrong, and that is the kind of make-me-look-silly opportunity that I'm more than happy to pass on.


5 Christmas Stocks that Lynch Could Love

To celebrate the holidays, we here at the Fool are devoting extra virtual ink to all things consumer-focused in a special section, "The 12 Days of Christmas." Over the coming week, we'll have our "12 Days of Content" surrounding consumer-focused names that look set to profit or perish from the holiday cheer.

High-Priced Stocks Worth Every Penny

Penny stocks are one way to double your money, though it's fraught with risk, but there are equally shiny opportunities trading at the other end of the price spectrum, too. I call 'em "three-digit stocks," yet if they're anything like Berkshire Hathaway they can trade in the four-, five-, and six-digit range, too.

2 Smart Sectors for 2011

As the year draws to a close, investors have started looking forward to 2011. With the market having made substantial gains over the past two years, it's more important than ever to make sure you identify investments that still have room to run. Otherwise, you could easily see the rebound you've probably enjoyed in your portfolio since the market meltdown reverse itself.

The Groupon of China

PricewaterhouseCoopers released its 2011 outlook for the consumer in Asia this past Monday, which concluded, among other things, that "Online retailing may be on the brink of staggering growth in China." The evidence supporting this thesis was that Internet sales in China are up 60% year over year despite the fact that the sector remains relatively immature and underdeveloped.

The Rise and Fall of Hot IPOs

Investors got excited when MakeMyTrip(Nasdaq: MMYT) went public this summer. India's leading online travel website popped 89% on its first day of trading, making it the hottest IPO in nearly three years.

A Netflix Bear Emerges From Hibernation

 After a torrid run, the bearish argument is building against Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst went on CNBC yesterday to explain his pessimistic view on the video-rental giant.