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Caption only: The great race: Week of October 24, 1997

Present value of $10,000 investment made January 3, 1997 minus fees and commissions. Rates reflect Wednesday close. Copyright 1997, The Meyers Report

Some were tricked, others were treated, as the Halloween horses headed down Wall Street carrying mixed bags. OTC tore a hole is his goody sack and lost $116, but he's still leading the pack. Lipper Mutual made a pretty good haul, stashing $11 to stay in second. Blue Chip, dressed as a bear, didn't scare anyone with his $3 gain. On the other hand, Lipper International put a fright into a lot of folks when he dropped $180. However, he still has a firm hold on fourth. A black cat spooked 30-Year T-Bond, as he took a $12 dive. The saver steeds took off their masks and went bobbing for apples, with each coming up a winner. EE Bonds, Money Market and 90-Day CD posted gains of $11, $10 and $8, to hold sixth, seventh and eighth places, respectively. Costumed as a witch, Silver cast a $50 spell which made investors smile. Gold, the scariest horse of them all, headed toward the graveyard to play some Halloween tricks, but ended up getting buried with a $107 loss.