"October great for investors" by: John Sample

   October may have Halloween and scare people but it was great for investors. 
   The S&P 500-stock index rose 8 percent in October. 
   An interesting statistical note is that November rises after a gain in October over 75 percent of the time. 
   You can almost bet the ranch that it won’t happen this time around.
   In this era of counter intuitive moves, one has to look at the different paths that two old PC competitors have taken. 
   Michael Dell got tired of putting up with Wall Street and took his firm private. 
   In the interim he has decided to merge his private company with EMC. 
   Hewlett-Packard on the other hand has decided to split itself into two companies. 

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