Stephen D. Simpson, CFA


Stock Analysis

  1. Weak Profits Don't Help The Case For U.S. Bancorp

    Quality isn't the problem with U.S. Bancorp, but near-term growth prospects certainly ...
  2. CSX On Target, But Hard To Find A Reason To Pay Up

    CSX does as expected for the second quarter, but valuations seem to be getting a ...
  3. Yahoo! Still Needs To Generate Better Intrinsic Value

    Yahoo! still has a lot of work to do in turning around its core operations.
  4. Drugs Driving JNJ, With Slow Progress In Devices And Consumer

    JNJ is getting great performance out of its drug business, but the remainder still ...
  5. Even When Coca-Cola Stumbles, It Does Okay

    Coca-Cola's volume shortfall isn't that big of a deal long term, but more clarity ...
  6. Absent Higher Rates, Comerica Has Probably Gone Far Enough ...

    Comerica's sluggish growth isn't unusual, but the value argument seems harder to ...
  7. Abbott Adds Two Promising Products

    Abbott makes two solid growth acquisitions that should address large markets.
  8. Intermodal Growth Continues To Push J.B. Hunt Higher

    J.B. Hunt continues to build its scale and moat in the growing intermodal business, ...
  9. Yara Built To Last, But Looking At A Downturn In The Cycle

    Yara is an excellent company, but facing a potentially significant decline in prices ...
  10. AT&T Makes One Small Step For Leap

    AT&T's surprising bid for Leap may be about denying rivals the chance to own it.
  11. Citigroup Continues The Theme Of Decent Big Bank Earnings

    Citi continues to fix its legacy problems, but core growth remains weak.
  12. So Long, Spreadtrum

    The identity of Spreadtrum's buyer is a little different, but buying the share-leader ...
  13. Infosys Hints At What It Can Do

    A surprisingly strong quarter from Infosys may be only a glimpse of things to come. ...
  14. Wells Fargo Managing The Slowdown Quite Well

    This is a slow-growth environment for big banks, but Wells Fargo is mangaging the ...
  15. JPMorgan Seeing Strong Credit, But Iffy Growth Momentum

    JPMorgan continues to hit its marks on credit, though loan growth and NIM were both ...
  16. Will The Recovery Underwhelm Linear Technology Investors?

    Linear could be setting up for near-term underperformance.
  17. Noble Energy Looks Great, But Is The Valuation Too Filling?

    Noble has an excellent production growth profile, but is the valuation already too ...
  18. Oceaneering Is A Great Business, But How Much Are You Willing ...

    Oceaneering is a great way to play the growth in offshore energy, but the market ...
  19. Yum! Brands On Simmer For Now

    Yum! Brands showed surprising margin vulnerability in the quarter, but investors ...
  20. Komatsu Looks Like A Winner, But Valuation Is Tricky

    Komatsu is still waiting for the recovery in construction, but valuation looks appealing ...
  21. Fastenal Still Growing, But Still Highly Valued

    Fastenal is navigating this industrial slowdown quite well, but the valuation is ...
  22. Best-Of-Breed Status Keeping Helmerich & Payne Near Fair ...

    The only real problem with Helmerich & Payne is that it's a little too popular on ...
  23. POSCO's Above-Average Quality Already In The Shares

    POSCO is one of the best steel companies in the world, and the stock is priced accordingly. ...
  24. Can Apache Regain Its Reputation?

    Apache needs to repair its reputation, but the valuation is appealing
  25. Wolverine Surpassing Its Marks, But Not Cheap

    Wolverine continues to execute well, but the value looks stretched, particular with ...
  26. Kroger Leverages Its Strength To Get Even Stronger

    Buying Harris Teeter could be a very savvy long-term move, but only if Kroger leaves ...
  27. Alcoa Running Hard To Go Nowhere

    Alcoa can't get ahead of eroding aluminum prices.
  28. Cemex Looking For U.S. Prices To Get Firmer

    Cemex could have room to run as housing and construction picks up in the U.S.
  29. Intuitive Surgical's Miss Looks Systemic And Company-Specific

    A surprising drop in U.S. system placements is going to put Intuitive Surgical in ...
  30. Siemens Definitely Slimming Down, But Execution Is The Big ...

    For Siemens to produce value, it all comes down to better operating margins and cash ...
  31. Genworth Looking At A Lot Of Heavy Lifting

    Genworth is looking at serious pressure from competition, weakening pricing, and ...
  32. Hartford's Transformation Continuing To Unlock Value

    Hartford's transformation is going better than expected, and the shares could still ...
  33. Reports Of TSMC's Imminent Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated

    Intel will be a serious competitor in the fab space, but TSMC isn't exactly helpless
  34. Stanley Black & Decker Offers Leverage To Construction And ...

    Have the changes at Stanley Black & Decker neutralized its leverage to an eventual ...
  35. A New Era For Chesapeake Energy

    A more disciplined strategy at Chesapeake should lead to better results eventually
  36. Rayonier Not Really An Income Play On A Housing Recovery

    Rayonier has good assets and a good business, but not a good valuation.
  37. Rates Are A Risk, But PVR Partners Still An Interesting ...

    PVR is a little stretched at the moment, but looks like a quality long-term income ...
  38. New Gas Prices Help PetroChina, But Multiple Challenges ...

    A recent natural gas price hike will help PetroChina, but the company still needs ...
  39. Greenbrier Comes Up Short Again

    Greenbrier has an opportunity in tank cars, but they must profitably ramp up production ...
  40. Constellation Comes In A Little Soft, But Will Anyone Really ...

    Constellation is highly prized by the Street, but operating performance came up a ...
  41. Petrobras Will Grow, But Will It Be Profitable Growth?

    Petrobras is looking at tremendous production growth, but also huge capital outlays. ...
  42. CEMIG Not The Cheap Dividend Stock It Appears To Be

    CEMIG is likely to find it hard to maintain, let alone raise, its dividend in the ...
  43. Nokia Buys Out Siemens, Are Phones Now On The Block?

    In buying Siemens' share of Nokia Siemens Network, Nokia may have just bought its ...
  44. Amgen Puts Onyx Pharmaceuticals In Play

    An unsolicited $120/share bid has sent Onyx soaring and rival bidders circling.
  45. Nike Stretches Its Lead

    Nike continues to be Nike, matching strong growth with excellent execution
  46. Weak Consulting Stings Accenture, But The Valuation Is Interesting

    A softening IT spending environment is a real challenge, but Accenture's long-term ...
  47. BlackBerry Still Doesn't Get It

    BlackBerry is showing no signs that it can execute a turnaround
  48. Adobe Patches A Hole With A $600M Purchase

    Adobe adds more functionality to its digital marketing platform with a $600 million ...
  49. Paychex Still Muddling Through

    Paychex's recovery potential is more than reflected in today's price.
  50. Progress Software Showing Signs Of Life In A Tough Market

    Progress may be showing signs of the growth that investors badly need from its restructuring ...
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