Money: Why Blue Chips Are Due

Bet you didn't know we've been in a bull market for six years.  It's true.  Despite the burst bubble, most stocks are up 75% or more since the end of 1999. They're probably not the ones you own, though. Big-name companies like GE, Pfizer and Microsoft--which investors and mutual-fund managers tend to gravitate to--have been flailing since the bust. That's why the popular market gauges that those stocks dominate (Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor's 500) still languish below their old highs. Yet the time may have come to stock up on the U.S.'s most recognizable corporate logos.

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