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Five Stocks to Avoid for 2009

In the wake of the subprime lending crisis, many stock investing positions are selling far below their fair value. The year 2009 will exciting for investors who know how to sort the wheat from the chaff. Opportunities will abound, but not every stock is bargain. Some companies are still overvalued, even at their current price. Here are a few companies to avoid when revamping your portfolio.

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Options for Investing in the Auto Parts Industry

Slowing growth, decreased wages, and rising unemployment all spell doom for new car sales. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made in the automotive industry. There are plenty of companies who operate in the secondary automotive sector and who are in the business of repairing and maintaining used cars. In a recession, people are more likely to repair their current car rather then buy a completely new car. Some of the leading companies who operate in this secondary automotive sector include Monroe Muffler Brake Inc. (MNRO), AutoZone Inc. (AZO), and O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY).

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Mortgage-Related Stock Investing & Option Investing

Mortgage rates are near record lows. This came about from the Federal Reserve Board’s relentless downward bias pressure on interest rates. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, wants a near zero percent rate for short term interest rates based on prevailing economic data. With this near zero rates, the Fed’s goal of spurring up economic activity is gaining foothold in the industry where this financial mess started in the first place – the mortgage sector of the housing industry.