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David Asman: Spam (search)! You can't delete it from your email box fast enough! So should you be buying the stocks the stocks that fight spam?
We'll start with two companies that can make spam disappear! Network Associates (NET) and Symantec (SYMC)
Bill Baldwin, editor: It would be great if you could put a price tag on your mail box and charge spammers for every item they send you. Since AOL would never go for that.. I think the next best thing is to invest in companies that think they can control spam. Even if they can't, I think they're going to sell a lot of software. Network Associates is one of them, Symantec is another.
David Asman: Are they priced well at the moment?
Bill Baldwin: No, they're ridiculously overpriced, but BUT.. this is a growth industry!
David Asman: Bruce you have another anti-spam stock?
Bruce Upbin, senior editor: Internet Security Systems (ISSX), I'll throw them into the mix. They're coming through some troubles right now, so the stock may be a little cheaper than those others.
David Asman: Do you have any price targets for any of these stocks?
Bruce Upbin: I'd buy ISSX at around $10 or $12, and Bill's stocks are overpriced, but I'd buy Symantec below $60.
David Asman: Lea, are there any of these stocks that are priced right for the market?
Lea Goldman, senior reporter: I think Check Point Software (CHKP) is priced right right now. They're an Israeli-based company, they specialize in firewalls. They're sitting on a half-billion dollars in cash right now. They're going to make a play into other venues like anti-spam, anti-virus.
David Asman: What happens if you get the perfect anti-spam software, and then the spammers come out with something better, and you're wiped out?
Lea Goldman: Precisely! There's no silver bullet, you're never going to be able to get rid of spam entirely. No prosecution, no legislation. Deal with it. Get a good service.
David Asman: Now Mike, is that why you're a humbug about these stocks?
Mike Ozanian: That's one of the reasons. One of the reasons Lea's stock, Check Point, is priced right is the company's earnings are supposed to go down the next two years. So that's why the price is good. As Bill eluded to, the other companies are very expensive. Bruce's stock is earning 1 percent on his shareholder's money, I could do better in a CD. I mean, if you're going to go with risky stocks, put it in a biotech company like Genentech (DNA), where at least they're trying to find a cure for cancer.
David Asman: Bruce if you had your choice, biotech or anti-spam, which would you choose?
Bruce Upbin: I'd rather buy wireless stocks. People are going to be using their cellphone more, and avoiding their email inbox.
David Asman: But with the spam stocks, should we get in now, or wait for the prices to calm down?
Bruce Upbin: Wait until they calm down.