Stephen D. Simpson, CFA

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  1. Even Near A 52-Week High, MetLife Seems Undervalued
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    Even Near A 52-Week High, MetLife Seems Undervalued

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

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

    Peabody gets more benefit of the doubt than most, but still looks attractively priced for a global coal recovery
  4. With Freeport McMoRan, It's Time To Get Over It And Move ...
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    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 copper assumptions
  5. Cloud Peak Energy May Have A Steeper Road To Recovery
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    Cloud Peak Energy May Have A Steeper Road To Recovery

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

    The banking market hasn't gotten much better so far this summer, but U.S. Bancorp is still attractively priced for the long term.
  7. Absent A Quick Turnaround In Power, GE Has Gone Far Enough ...
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    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 top-notch.
  8. Dover's Opportunities Matched Only By Wall Street's Enthusiasm ...
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    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 advantage.
  9. After A Strong Recovery, What Moves ADM From Here?
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    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 the shares higher in the short term.
  10. After A Good Run, Novartis Looks Fairly Valued
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    After A Good Run, Novartis Looks Fairly Valued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In buying Pearl, AstraZeneca is taking some of the risk out of its valuable COPD franchise.
  18. Increasing Regulatory Burdens Depressing America Movil's ...
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    Increasing Regulatory Burdens Depressing America Movil's ...

    Increasing competition is going to cost America Movil margins and growth
  19. Google Goes A Waze To Stay Strong In Maps
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    Google Goes A Waze To Stay Strong In Maps

    Waze looks like a logical deal for shoring up the value of Google's mapping technology
  20. The Bar Is Rising For Atmel Again
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    The Bar Is Rising For Atmel Again

    With the prospect of improving operating leverage and new product opportunities on the way, Atmel shares have started to recover. The question is, however, can the company deliver even more upside than ...
  21. Will Chatter Around Samsung Shipments Spook Components Stocks?
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    Will Chatter Around Samsung Shipments Spook Components Stocks?

    Weaker sales of the Galaxy S4 could put a few potholes in the road for Samsung's suppliers.
  22. Honeywell Is Popular, But Built To Perform Well
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    Honeywell Is Popular, But Built To Perform Well

    Honeywell has the growth and margin drivers to be a solid stock for the long term.
  23. Smucker Does Alright, But The Street Goes Away Disappointed
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    Smucker Does Alright, But The Street Goes Away Disappointed

    Smucker's solid quarter is overshadowed by softer sales, particularly in K-cup coffee.
  24. UTi Worldwide Still A “Hurry Up And Wait” Story
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    UTi Worldwide Still A “Hurry Up And Wait” Story

    UTi Worldwide's success from here really does rely on successfully executing a long-anticipated operational improvement plan.
  25. Ciena And Carrier Spending – They're Baaa-aaack
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    Ciena And Carrier Spending – They're Baaa-aaack

    Ciena's strong revenue and margin numbers for the quarter may be the beginning of a major new cycle.
  26. Even With Steady Guidance, Titan Machinery Has A Lot To ...
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    Even With Steady Guidance, Titan Machinery Has A Lot To ...

    Titan needs to come through with a strong second quarter after this weak start to the year.
  27. Growing Pains For Francesca's Holdings
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    Growing Pains For Francesca's Holdings

    Francesca's misses on growth and margins, but could still be a successful growth stock
  28. Wall Street Clearly Underestimating VeriFone's Struggles
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    Wall Street Clearly Underestimating VeriFone's Struggles

    VeriFone continues to see its once-solid payments business erode under competitive pressure.
  29. Post-Barnes, MSC Industrial Has Multiple Growth Opportunities
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    Post-Barnes, MSC Industrial Has Multiple Growth Opportunities

    The economy is a short-term threat, but MSC's long-term prospects have never been better
  30. Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities ...
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    Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities ...

    Femsa's stock got a little too popular, but the long-term prospects are very good.
  31. Cameron – Come For The Orders, But Should You Stay For The ...
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    Cameron – Come For The Orders, But Should You Stay For The ...

    Orders continue to accumulate for this leading energy equipment company.
  32. IBM Spends $2 Billion To Improve Its Offense … And Defense
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    IBM Spends $2 Billion To Improve Its Offense … And Defense

    IBM pays up to build out its cloud service offerings.
  33. Salesforce.com Doesn't Wait Long To Build Its Marketing ...
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    Salesforce.com Doesn't Wait Long To Build Its Marketing ...

    As expected, Salesforce.com pays up to build out its marketing cloud capabilities.
  34. Statoil's Turnaround Proceeding Much Too Slowly
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    Statoil's Turnaround Proceeding Much Too Slowly

    Statoil continues to struggle, and the valuation reflects it
  35. Fifth Third Is One Of The Few Banks With Positive Levers ...
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    Fifth Third Is One Of The Few Banks With Positive Levers ...

    Fifth Third's capital return capabilities make it a relative standout in the sector.
  36. Apple Hopes iRadio Keeps Users Tuned In
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    Apple Hopes iRadio Keeps Users Tuned In

    Apple's gearing up to launch its own internet radio service, but how much will this really affect its stock?
  37. LSI Looks Too Cheap, But Only If You're A Believer
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    LSI Looks Too Cheap, But Only If You're A Believer

    LSI has the opportunity to leverage flash technology into a higher stock price
  38. Riverbed Technology Waiting On Synergies And Performance ...
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    Riverbed Technology Waiting On Synergies And Performance ...

    Riverbed's efforts to expand its addressable market hold significant promise relative to today's valuation.
  39. F5 Networks On Its Heels, But Hasn't Fallen Down Yet
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    F5 Networks On Its Heels, But Hasn't Fallen Down Yet

    F5 has work to do in convincing the Street that it can be a real growth company again
  40. WellPoint Cheaper Than UnitedHealth, But The Risks Are Higher
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    WellPoint Cheaper Than UnitedHealth, But The Risks Are Higher

    WellPoint may deserve a discount, but the shares look cheap even on modest expectations.
  41. OmniVision Showing Much-Needed Signs Of Improvement
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    OmniVision Showing Much-Needed Signs Of Improvement

    Always-volatile OmniVision is moving in a positive direction again.
  42. Splunk Delivering When Other Techs Are Not
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    Splunk Delivering When Other Techs Are Not

    Splunk's price is white-hot, but the company's performance is very strong as well.
  43. Sanderson Farms Riding Investor Enthusiasm For Protein
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    Sanderson Farms Riding Investor Enthusiasm For Protein

    Even with weaker margins, investors have bid the #3 poultry producer to all-time highs.
  44. Joy Global's Quality Not The Issue, But The Mining Capex ...
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    Joy Global's Quality Not The Issue, But The Mining Capex ...

    Joy Global is holding up well in this cyclical rough patch.
  45. EMC Opening Its Wallet And Bracing For The Next Evolution ...
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    EMC Opening Its Wallet And Bracing For The Next Evolution ...

    Facing a slowdown in storage demand, EMC looks to the future.
  46. Avago's Beat-And-Raise Speaks To A Strong Story
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    Avago's Beat-And-Raise Speaks To A Strong Story

    Avago's strong market share and multiple product opportunities make it an appealing stock today.
  47. Will Improving Thermal Coal Markets Boost Arch Coal?
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    Will Improving Thermal Coal Markets Boost Arch Coal?

    Arch Coal has been through the wringer, but are better days on the horizon?
  48. Familiar Challenges, Familiar Opportunities At Chico's
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    Familiar Challenges, Familiar Opportunities At Chico's

    Chico's is seeing the same weak business conditions as other retailers, but there could be value in these shares
  49. Smithfield Get It's Deal, But From A Surprising Bidder
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    Smithfield Get It's Deal, But From A Surprising Bidder

    Smithfield gets a lucrative bid from a Chinese buyer, but will the deal go through?
  50. Strong Growth Can Help United Natural Foods Grow Into Its ...
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    Strong Growth Can Help United Natural Foods Grow Into Its ...

    United Natural Foods continues to grow at a double-digit rate, but the valuation is already rich.
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