Stephen D. Simpson, CFA


Stock Analysis

  1. ConAgra Does Appear To Be On A Better Path

    ConAgra hasn't answered every question, but signs of progress are evident.
  2. General Mills Getting Back To Norm

    Results at General Mills were as expected, and some of the momentum seems to be leaving ...
  3. The Wait For $5 Gas Could Be A Long One At Ultra Petroleum

    Ultra Petroleum may no longer be the top-notch gas producer it has long been thought ...
  4. Monsanto Has Eased Off, But Still Not Cheap

    Monsanto's earnings quality is flagging, setting up a trade-off between short- and ...
  5. Should Investors Dividend Shop At Weingarten Realty Investors?

    Weingarten has solid assets, but REIT valuations are looking riskier these days
  6. MTN Group Has The Growth, But Ample Uncertainties

    Regulation and economic uncertainty up the risks, but MTN Group is an investment ...
  7. Down In The Vale

    Vale has gotten hammered on lower iron ore pricing, but the company's cost structure ...
  8. Teck Profitable, Liquid, And Maybe Too Cheap

    These are tough times for Teck, but even in hard times the company is profitable ...
  9. Turkcell Is Undervalued, But Also A Complete Mess

    Shareholder squabbles have crippled Turkcell's ability to pay dividends, but not ...
  10. Symantec Fixing What Was Never Too Badly Broken

    Symantec's restructuring starts from a good place and should enhance shareholder ...
  11. China Mobile Trades Growth For Stability

    China Mobile's 4G rollout is a risk, but the stock price offers solid compensation.
  12. France Telecom Under Pressure From Both Sides

    France Telecom looks cheap by many metrics, but there are good reasons for that.
  13. Above Average Opportunities Largely In The NXP Semiconductors ...

    Above Average Opportunities Largely In The NXP Semiconductors Price by Stephen D. ...
  14. Could Alcatel-Lucent's Restructuring Boost Ericsson Further?

    Alcatel-Lucent's latest restructuring plan could ultimately boost the fortunes of ...
  15. The SoftBank-Sprint-Clearwire-Dish Network Game Of Musical ...

    It looks like the wrangling for Sprint and Clearwire is over, with Dish Network once ...
  16. TIBCO Stabilizes, But Needs Growth

    TIBCO didn't miss, but the company needs to start showing better growth and expanding ...
  17. Is It Oracle, Or Is It The Market?

    Another miss at Oracle, but the long-term value is still very interesting
  18. Relief At Red Hat, But The Long-Term Growth Debate Will ...

    Red Hat didn't miss, but significant growth reaccleration is still missing
  19. Finisar Perking Up On Datacom, With Telecom (Hopefully) ...

    Finisar is seeing a solid datacom upgrade cycle, and a telecom recovery should boost ...
  20. The Craziness Is Well Underway Again At Micron

    Micron is enjoying the upswing in memory, but history says it won't last
  21. With So Many Sluggish Markets, There's Little Jabil Can ...

    Jabil's time to shine is still a little ways off
  22. Actuant Still Working Through A Lull

    Actuant is seeing a significant demand lull in heavy industrial and energy market ...
  23. FedEx Not Particularly Expensive, But Analysts Still Too ...

    FedEx is doing better with margins and free cash flow, but expectations may yet be ...
  24. Will A New Alcatel-Lucent Plan Lead To Better Results?

    Alcatel-Lucent's new plan sounds good, but the planning will be the easy part.
  25. Wall Street Has Converted To Adobe's New Model; Will Customers?

    Adobe has finally sold the Street on its new plans, and the stock has done well as ...
  26. Amdocs A Good Value As Is, But With Growth Upside

    Amdocs needs to generate better growth, but even without it the valuation is pretty ...
  27. Valuation Is Finally Reasonable At FactSet, But Growth Is ...

    FactSet's valuation is more reasonable today, but the growth issues are greater. ...
  28. W.R. Grace – Maybe The Most Valuable Bankrupt Company Going

    Grace will emerge from bankruptcy as a great specialty chemicals company, but not ...
  29. Enthusiasm Over SK Telecom Has Gone Far Enough

    After a big rally, SK Telecom looks fully valued now and with questionable growth ...
  30. Elan Shareholders Bring Management To Heel

    The rejection of Elan management's proposed transactions ought to accelerate the ...
  31. Does AT&T Have Global Ambitions?

    Rumors are swirling that AT&T approached Telefonica with a buyout bid
  32. Rockwood Gets Its Deal For CeramTec

    Rockwood gets a solid multiple for its high-margin, growing CeramTec business.
  33. Weyerhaeuser Has A Busy Father's Day

    Weyerhaeuser makes a serious of moves that should build long-term value
  34. Even Near A 52-Week High, MetLife Seems Undervalued

    MetLife has rebounded nicely, but should outperform as rates move up again.
  35. Can National Oilwell Varco Win Back The Love?

    The Street seems to have forgotten its love of this leading energy equipment company.
  36. Peabody Energy Carries Higher Expectations, But Solid Value

    Peabody gets more benefit of the doubt than most, but still looks attractively priced ...
  37. With Freeport McMoRan, It's Time To Get Over It And Move ...

    With the oil and gas deals done, Freeport McMoRan looks undervalued even on conservative ...
  38. Cloud Peak Energy May Have A Steeper Road To Recovery

    Cloud Peak has high-quality thermal coal assets, but the recovery hasn't materialized ...
  39. Challenging Conditions And Conservatism Keeping U.S. Bancorp ...

    The banking market hasn't gotten much better so far this summer, but U.S. Bancorp ...
  40. Absent A Quick Turnaround In Power, GE Has Gone Far Enough ...

    GE's industrial operations are in a bit of a rut, but the long-term quality is still ...
  41. Dover's Opportunities Matched Only By Wall Street's Enthusiasm ...

    Dover is increasingly focused on solid long-term markets where it can create a sustainable ...
  42. After A Strong Recovery, What Moves ADM From Here?

    ADM is in better shape these days, but it will likely take a strong harvest to move ...
  43. After A Good Run, Novartis Looks Fairly Valued

    Novartis is a well-balanced, high-quality pharma with growth credentials, but also ...
  44. Impala Platinum Trying To Survive Multiple Challenges

    Impala has been pummeled by weaker prices, higher costs, adverse geology, and political ...
  45. Pandora Ups The Stakes In A Brewing Royal(ty) Battle

    Pandora buys a radio station to increase its bargaining power. What does this mean ...
  46. Annie's Still A High Growth-High Multiple Proposition

    Annie's continues its rapid growth, but the valuation already baked this in
  47. Navistar In The Early Stages Of Turning It Around

    Navistar is on the road back to share regrowth and profits.
  48. Diamond Foods Making Better Moves, But Large Uncertainties ...

    Diamond Foods' turnaround continues, but the company cannot afford to slip against ...
  49. As One Problem Fades at lululemon athletica, Another One ...

    More unsettling news from lululemon sends the shares down hard.
  50. AstraZeneca Pays Up To Patch Up Another Key Area

    In buying Pearl, AstraZeneca is taking some of the risk out of its valuable COPD ...
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