Mighty Hard to Find a Recent Dow Winner

The government shutdown looms -- and lest you think that is the only issue if this doesn't come to pass, we have the congressional debt-ceiling debate coming in mid-October. If that is not enough for you, then what about earnings? Oh yes, earnings: They still matter, don't they?

Did you ever notice that Wall Street loves catch phrases? All summer long we heard we were in a "stock-pickers" market. Now all we hear about is "price-to-earnings expansion." This weekend I thought about the "stock-pickers market" as I went through a pile of big-cap stock charts. I began with the 30 stocks in the Dow industrials. Before you scoff, I am not referring to the ancient index but rather the 30 individual names that make up the index -- and, wow, is it hard to find a winner in that pile!...636 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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