Stocks Watch

September 14, 2004

LOCALLY

Black & Decker Corp.

Shares of the Towson-based toolmaker, one of the beneficiaries of the housing boom and hurricane repairs, rose $1.04 to $74.43 yesterday. The stock has risen all but two days this month and has gained nearly 51 percent this year.

NATIONALLY

MicroStrategy Inc.

The company, which makes software that mines information from corporate databases, rose 16 percent yesterday after an analyst at First Albany Corp. predicted that a new product will accelerate sales growth. The company's shares had plunged 29 percent this year on investors' concerns about slowing sales growth and Microsoft Corp.'s plans to sell a competing program.

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