Welcome to week 13 of my stock-picking throwdown with Mr. Market. Let's get right to the numbers:


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Taiwan Semiconductor




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Source: Yahoo! Finance as of Nov. 6, 2008.

At least my tech portfolio took a week to backslide 6%. The S&P 500 fell 10% over two days, Wednesday and Thursday. Some non-tech decliners during that time included The Blackstone Group, down around 16%.

Of course, high tech has its losers, too. CEO Jerry Yang, fresh off an embarrassing breakup with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), now says he wants Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) to tie the knot with Mr. Softy.

So be it. Top investors look to invest in businesses with sustainable, long-term advantages, and in doing so, produce superior returns -- like when David Gardner produced a decade of 20% returns, annualized, by buying and holding the likes of Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and eBay in the real-money Rule Breaker portfolio, or when Tom Gardner selected a "simpleton portfolio" to hold for a decade, with market-crushing results. I think these five tech stocks will produce plenty of durable gains.

Checkup time!
Now, let's move on to the rest of today's update:

There's your checkup. See you back here next week for more tech stock talk.

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