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Two Ways to Play: Microsoft Joins the Motion Control Game


Strengthen your portfolio in good times and bad.

The way we use computers and other electronic devices is changing. Normally, these devices are controlled by pounding a keyboard and moving a mouse, but then came Apple's (AAPL) iPhone touch technology and Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii motion-sensing technology.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, tonight at the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft (MSFT) is set to showcase new products with natural user interfaces. Besides a new line of touch-sensitive computers using the Windows 7 operating system, the company is planning on showing "Project Natal", a video camera designed to let users play the Xbox 360 video games purely with body movements.

From the Bullpen: It's no secret that Apple has been leading the rush to touch screens and many analysts expect the Tablet will be a "game changing" product when it's introduced later this month. Those bullish could buy it here with a stop loss at $210.

From the Bear Cave: Shares of Palm (PALM) have been beating up lately. Those bearish could consider shorting the stock around $11.50 with a buy stop at $12.50.

A Quick Check Around the World:

Asian trading closed with the Nikkei 0.46%, India 0.08%, Hang Seng 0.62%, Shanghai 0.45%, and Taiwan 1.42%.

Across the pond, we see the FTSE -0.25%, CAC -0.03%, DAX 0.05%, Swiss Market 0.01%, ATX (Closed), and Stockholm (Closed).

In commodities, crude oil is trading -0.23 to 81.54 while gold is trading +3.60 to 1122.30 this morning.

A quick check of the EUR/USD -.0019 to 1.4348 and the USD/JPY +0.78 to 92.46.

Good luck today!
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