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Four stocks you can buy and hold for the long term

As the economy continues to improve, a lot of investors have started to come back to the stock market. While market conditions have been improving, the overall picture is still rather fragile. The best move an investor can make in any market is to search out solid long-term holdings, stocks they can buy and hold for an extended period of time. Let's take a look at four stocks investors can get into today and keep in their portfolios for the long run. With any investment there is always risk, but it can be reduced. These stocks are companies you can invest in today and won't need to watch constantly. Of course, we do not advise you to totally forget about them, but they are companies with solid futures that you can add to portfolio and hold for the long term. They are leaders in their industries, and pose little long-term risk to your portfolio.

1. Amazon.com (AMZN)
When it comes to e-commerce, Amazon.com is definitely standing at the top of the hill. The company has such a stranglehold on the industry that it is hard to imagine any other company coming in to challenge its dominance. Not only does Amazon dominate the growing e-commerce industry, it has also managed to chip away at the tablet market with the highly popular Kindle Fire. Amazon made a strategic decision to sell its tablet for little or no profit because it realizes how powerful the tablet can be as a point-of-sale device. The Kindle Fire is now the best selling Android-powered tablet, and as more get into the hands of users, Amazon will continue to improve its overall profit margins with additional digital downloads. Due to its strong e-commerce business, and growing exposure in the tablet market, Amazon is a company with a bright future.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.