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Best stocks to buy for the week ending Dec. 13, 2013: With many investors taking a guarded stance ahead of the Dec. 17-18 Federal Open Market Committee meeting, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index slipped 1.7% last week, logging a second weekly decline.
It was the benchmarks' first back-to-back weekly loss in more than two months. The Nasdaq also dipped, ending the week with a 1.5% loss.
However, 2013 has been good to investors overall. Stocks are up some 24.5% year to date, and deals on Wall Street are getting harder to find. Indeed, only 48 stocks in the broad-based S&P are recently in the red, according to Bespoke Investments.