Rewinding the Tape On Tech

Sure, they've punished us in the past year. But over the past five years, and 10 and, yes, 50 years--techs have paid

It would be easy to give up on technology stocks. They're stumbling again, as the likes of Lucent and Nortel pile on bad news. Everyone knows about the glut of cell phones, PCs, chips and fiber-optic line gathering dust. Earnings stink across the board, and stock-market gurus predict we're headed for a demoralizing test of the April lows. In short, gloom is as plentiful as the routers and switches Cisco can't sell. So a lot of investors are hedging their allegiance to technology--and rightfully so. If you want easy odds, take the Lakers to threepeat. Investing in tech has never been...

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