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Pockets of Opportunity

Our best stock ideas for the new year and some names to keep on your radar screen.

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After the furious market rally for most of 2009, are there still pockets of opportunity left for investors? For the most part the market looks fairly valued, but some stocks and sectors still look cheap enough to pique interest. We'll take a look at the best ideas in a few sectors, along with some of the major trends to watch over the next 12 months.

Macroeconomic concerns aside, technology companies must constantly deal with disruptive trends. Next year doesn't look like it will be an exception. We see two major trends on the horizon that could upend existing business models: cloud computing and the growth of smartphones. does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.