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The Top 10 PC and Storage Stocks of 2010

 It's been a pretty kind year to stock investors, with the S&P showing a 12.7% gain in 2010. Of course, kindness might still feel relative after a lost decade of negative returns that included the nauseating depths and panic of the financial crisis.


2 Winners to Watch and 1 to Buy Now

What companies are tomorrow's big winners? In our ongoing series, I'm chatting with Fool analysts and advisors to discover the stocks they're watching, and the catalysts that would signal a time to buy.

This Steel Stock Should Be on Your Radar

 Raw materials and metals are one of the very few sectors of the market which have provided relative safety to investors in 2010. As the global economy begins to recover, it pays to keep a close eye on which countries are showing significantly stronger GDP growth than the norm.


Howard Stern Is Back Where He Belongs

 The "will he or won't he" drama is over. Howard Stern announced this morning that he's sticking around with Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) for another five years.


Greeting card maker pole dances in store

New York -- A New York greeting card designer said she has found success with her business model, which includes in-store pole dances.

Jill-Anne, owner of Jill-Anne's on the Lower East Side, said she has been performing in the store for the past two months and any customers who spend at least $50 on her hand-made greeting cards get a personal pole dance, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"I always swore to myself I would always have fun at work. I have a wonderful time with my company, but I also need mini breaks and since I don't have a water cooler or the Starbucks around the corner, I have my pole," she said.

This Just In: Upgrades and Downgrades

 At The Motley Fool, we poke plenty of fun at Wall Street analysts and their endless cycle of upgrades, downgrades, and "initiating coverage at neutral." So you might think we'd be the last people to give virtual ink to such "news." And we would be -- if that were all we were doing.


4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Guess?

 Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, apparel retailer Guess? (NYSE: GES) has earned a respected four-star ranking.


Mercury may be turning Fla. birds gay

Miami -- Florida researchers say high mercury levels among wading birds in the Everglades may be hampering breeding efforts by turning some of the birds gay.

University of Florida researchers studied the mating behaviors and reproductive success of four captive groups of ibises fed varying levels of mercury during a three-year period, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.

In the first year, the researchers said, 55 percent of the males given the highest doses of mercury in their feed hooked up with other males during breeding season.

"They pretty much did everything except lay eggs," Peter Frederick, a UF wildlife ecologist said. "They built nests, they copulated, they sat in the nests together."

The Worst Way to Pick Stocks

 A little more than three years ago, I moved to Las Vegas. I knew full well that it is a city of flashing lights, the electronic whirring of slots, and the kind of easy-come-easy-go attitude toward money that only casinos can engender. What I didn't realize at the time was that it's also the home of one of the top college basketball programs in Division I history: the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.


Study: Primates best at coping with change

Durham, N.C. -- Primates are more adept than other animals at dealing with seasonal environmental changes, especially rainfall, U.S. researchers say.

To find out how well primates cope with unpredictability, compared with other animals, researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, N.C., analyzed decades of birth and survival data for seven species of wild primates, a center release reported Wednesday.

"Wild animals deal with a world that's unpredictable from year to year," study lead author Bill Morris, a biologist at Duke University, said. "The weather can change a lot; there can be years with plenty of food and years of famine."