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(NYSE: FNM) $250 $25 $67.31 www.fanniemae.com General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) 250 10 102.56 www.ge.com Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) 250 25 55.81 www.homedepot.com IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) 500 50 112.00 www.ibm.com Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) 1,000 100 56.00 www.lucent.com Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) 350 50 68.13 www.merck.com Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) 250 50 43.45 www.wal-mart.com Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) 50 50 23.75 www.walgreens.com Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) 1,000 100 28.81 www.disney.com Warner-Lambert Co. (NYSE: WLA) 250 50 61.81 www.warner-lambert.com * Closing price as of 6/1/99
Source: Netstock Direct

For First-Share Buyers
If you don’t have a single share of a company’s stock and want to avoid high initial investment fees, first-share purchase plans can help. The following are the stocks bought the most by members of the National Association of Investors Corp., a trade group for investment clubs, through its Low-Cost Investment Plans.

Company/Ticker

Number of Purchases*

Minimum Reinvestment

Stock Price**

Website

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) 11,000 N/A $50.69 www.intel.com
Wendy’s International Inc. (NYSE: WEN) 7,900 $20 27.81 www.wendys.com
Diebold Inc. (NYSE: DBD) 7,000 10 28.25 www.diebold.com
RPM Inc. (NYSE: RPM) 4,600 25 13.69 www.rpminc.com
LIGN=”TOP”>AFLAC Inc. (NYSE: AFL) 4,300 50 49.19 www.aflac.com
AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) 2,600 100 55.06 www.att.com/ir
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) 1,900 N/A 65.25 www.emersonelectric.com
GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE) 1,800 25 63.56 www.gte.com
Newell Corp. (NYSE: NWL) 1,600 10 43.00 www.newellco.com
* As of September 30, 1998, end of NAIC fiscal year; excludes stocks with minimum initial investment and other conditions.
** As of 6/1/99
Source: NAIC (www.better-investing.org)
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