Mr. Market couldn't seem to figure out whether to zig or zag this week but ultimately ended on a high note.
Gain / Loss
Gain / Loss %
|Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI )||+142.36||+1.17%||12,359.92|
The indices can't appear to decide whether they want to heave or ho in the tug-of-war between good news and bad, but that doesn't mean some companies haven't made up their mind that they want to be sterling performers regardless.
The bright spots
Bank of America
Tech stalwart Microsoft
Bringing up third for the winners this week is Disney
Looking past the January effect
The January Effect seems to be on everyone's mind. I think that's a little myopic, and I recommend that investors take a longer-term approach. What better way to get out of that mindset and fix your sights on a good growth story? In fact, I have just the one.
It's not located on the Dow, but you can uncover "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2012," in our brand-new free report. We reveal a stock with some of the biggest growth potential I've ever seen. Grab your free copy today before it's gone.
Austin Smith owns no shares of the companies mentioned here. The Motley Fool owns shares of Microsoft, Google, and Bank of America. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Microsoft, Google, and Walt Disney and creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.