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Dotcom stocks could be poised for a comeback.

By Julie Monahan

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Whether the result of savvy investing or short-term memory loss,Internet stocks appear to be climbing out of the rubble of thedotcom fallout. For the first half of 2003, companies large andsmall experienced a burst of investor interest that lifted manyshares to their first real gains in three years.

Are dotcoms on the comeback trail? Depends whom you ask. Themore pessimistic view sees the share increases as an intermittentstock market blip or the impact of short sellers waiting for thestocks to drop again. "Another minibubble," says PeterDoyle, chief investment strategist for Kinetics Asset ManagementInc. in White Plains, New York, and manager of the KineticsInternet Fund, an Internet-themed mutual fund. "It appears thelessons of the last craze weren't learned by the typicalinvestor."

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