A Start-Stop-Start Month for Funds

As the Street's mood fluctuated in November, precious metals funds wound up as the top performers, with real estate coming in next

November was a roller coaster of a month in which investors' enthusiasm for stocks rose, fell, and then rose again, ending the month little changed. The bull market's mid-month breather began as investors worried that all the positive economic news had already been priced into stocks and as they witnessed a scary spike in global terrorism. But by month's end, stocks were on the rise again as healthy retail sales over Thanksgiving weekend spurred hopes for continued strong consumer spending.

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