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You might want to make a copy of the following five Benchmark Investing selections for January 1, 2001 from the DJIA for your records. (Please see disclaimer at end of this message).

Alcoa (AA) $33.50
Hewlett-Packard (HWP) $31.56
Home Depot (HD) $45.69
Int'l Paper (IP) $40.81
Microsoft (MSFT) $43.38

Other DJIA stocks that were trading at or below their downside price targets but didn't pass the 10% estimated earnings screen included:

Eastman Kodak
Procter & Gamble

Finally, here are the DJIA stocks that barely missed being included in the buy list by virtue of being closest to their downside price targets:

DuPont (still didn't meet eps bogey anyway)
General Motors (didn't meet eps bogey either)
McDonald's (a buy a month ago using 2001 estimates)
Philip Morris (a buy a month ago)
United Technologies (another buy last month with 2001 estimates)

Please don't rush out and buy any stock simply because it made someone's list! Instead, you should perform your own due diligence on any stock before you invest. Investing is not easy! I repeat: investing is tough. All five stocks that made this year's list could lose money!!!

So be careful when you invest.

Lastly, I personally will not invest in International Paper this year even though it makes the official Benchmark Investing list. That's because I favor stocks that have enjoyed higher ROEs than IP has over the past decade. Anyway, as the Desk Sergeant always warned on Hill Street Blues: be careful out there!

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