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The stock market held its gains of earlier today, although doubts about how financial companies are going to raise capital when their balance sheets are in complete disarray are prevalent on the street. The Dow was up 70 points and the Nasdaq up 18 points - thus providing some relative stability in the financial markets this week. Some tech stocks in the news include Advanced Micro Devices and Expedia. Says Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors, appearing on CNBC this afternoon, both stocks have issues, but they also have merit. ""You can find opportunities when things drop out of sentiment that …

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A lousy way to start off the week on Wall Street. Stocks were down 250 points by 1 PM Monday, mostly from downbeat earnings expectations from financial giant AIG. Adding fuel to the fire was a modest spike in oil prices (to $115 per barrel) mostly due the onslaught of the hurricane season and uncertainties about the health of Georgia’s oil supplies after its wrestling match with Russia. Some good news? Housing sales were up 3.1% last month – way better than real estate analysts had expected and gasoline prices have fallen significantly (down to $3.40 a gallon in bucolic …

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