Best stocks to buy for the week ending Jan. 3, 2014: After closing out 2013 with stellar gains and numerous records - 52 all-time highs for the Dow, 45 for the S&P 500 Index, and 66 for the Russell 2000 - investors ushered in 2014 with a muted welcome.
The Dow dropped 135 points, or 0.8%, last Thursday, marking the first time since 2008 the blue-chip benchmark finished in the red on the first trading of the year. For the week, the 30-stock average lost 0.05%. The S&P 500 ended the first week of 2014 lower by 0.54%, and the Nasdaq was off 0.27%.
Trading was light in the shortened week, with many investors and traders still on extended holiday. Money Morning, however, remained hard at work bringing readers the latest news, best investment ideas, and best stocks to buy now. Here's a recap: