Stephen D. Simpson, CFA


Stock Analysis

  1. J.B. Hunt's Bigger Challenge Today: Expectations Not Operations, ...

    J.B. Hunt is a good growth story and a well-run company, but valuation is steep. ...
  2. Titan Machinery's Margin Problem

    Revenue growth is still great, but Titan's margin issues threaten the long-term model
  3. Fortinet Stumbles, Making Tech Investors Very Insecure

    Does Fortinet's warning bode poorly for other IT companies?
  4. Progressive Improving Quality At The Expense Of Growth

    Progressive is still a fine insurance company, but the growth premium seems overdone ...
  5. Weak Metalworking Rusting MSC Industrial's Growth Outlook

    Long underestimated, MSC is still priced attractively.
  6. Slowing Sales At Fastenal Not Denting Investor Enthusiasm ...

    Fastenal's growth is definitely slowing, but the multiples haven't really shrunk ...
  7. ADTRAN Looks To Rebound From A Pretty Miserable 2012

    ADTRAN badly needs the long-awaited carrier spending recovery to unlock its value. ...
  8. AngioDynamics Still Struggling To Get Back On Track

    Ongoing revenue growth struggles and eroding market share is making the deep-value ...
  9. GE Pays Up To Get Into Another Attractive Energy Business

    GE is taking a deep dive into artificial lifts with a high-priced acquisition of ...
  10. For Alcoa, It Can Still Get Worse Before It Gets Better

    Alcoa's productivity is impressive, but industry oversupply is a huge problem.
  11. F5 Networks Takes Another Whirl In The Tech Spin-Cycle

    F5's guidance adds more fuel to the tech bear bonfire.
  12. RPM's Performance Isn't Perfect, But Continues To Generate ...

    RPM's performance was okay, but the valuation seems to be ahead of the stock.
  13. Schnitzer's Results Are Better, But The Challenges Are Still ...

    Even with a sequential improvement in volumes and margins, Schnitzer faces significant ...
  14. Samsung Stores A No-Risk Opportunity For Best Buy

    Will new mini-Samsung stores rejuvenate Best Buy and threaten Apple?
  15. A Thick Order Book Is Only Part Of The Story For Greenbrier

    Good order flow at Greenbrier doesn't answer long-term margin and economic return ...
  16. Global Payments Still Feeling An Uncomfortable Squeeze

    Global Payments' struggles create an opportunity, but beware of the long-term changes ...
  17. Hope Seems To Outshine Reality At Acuity Brands

    Acuity's near a 52-week high, but expectations seem high relative to margin and ROIC ...
  18. ConAgra Now Getting Almost Full Benefit Of The Doubt

    ConAgra's making slow progress, but it's progress all the same.
  19. Monsanto Looks A Bit Vulnerable At Current Levels

    Monsanto beat expectations, but they could have done better.
  20. The Market May Be Overestimating Adecoagro's Risks

    Volatile farming results and worries about Argentina have pushed Adecoagro shares ...
  21. A Slimmed Down Vestas Hopes For More Than Just Survival

    Vestas is clearly struggling, but may just manage to do more than survive.
  22. Verizon, AT&T And Vodafone – Here We Go Again

    A popular rumor gets new life with word that AT&T may help Verizon facilitate a buyout ...
  23. McCormick Continues To Defy Gravity

    McCormick's consumer volume growth looks great, but the valuation seems to preclude ...
  24. Red Hat's Valuation Looks More Reasonable, But Expectations ...

    While Red Hat's model doesn't generate much leverage, the revenue growth is still ...
  25. Lindsay Corp Still Reaping The Benefits Of The Drought

    Lindsay is still seeing significant drought-related growth, but how much longer can ...
  26. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  27. Nike Continues To Just Do It

    Nike seems nearly immune to thinner consumer wallets.
  28. Another Stumble At TIBCO Should Lead To Uncomfortable Questions

    Another disappointing quarter makes it harder to believe in TIBCO's potential.
  29. Steady Progress And Unappreciated Value At MetLife

    MetLife is still making steady improvements, but the stock doesn't reflect it.
  30. NetApp Seems Stupid-Cheap

    NetApp's valuation seems to expect a disastrous future. Fair value on NetApp shares ...
  31. Whole Foods Disappoints, Comes A Little Closer To Value

    Despite another disappointing quarter, Whole Foods has the potential to produce double-digit ...
  32. Cliffs Natural Resources Needs Another Iron Ore Boom

    Cliffs' high costs are a major issue if iron ore prices stagnate.
  33. Nestle A Little Light On Results, Heavy On Valuation

    Nestle is a premium performer and priced like it.
  34. Aixtron Is A Volatile Way To Play LED Growth

    Aixtron will benefit from a surge in LED lighting, but it isn't known when that will ...
  35. Weight Watchers Still Can't Get It Right

    Weight Watchers offers more excuses and poor performance.
  36. Coca-Cola's OK Results Won't KO The Stock

    Coca-Cola wasn't spectacular, but it was good enough. While the stock was and still ...
  37. Annie's Surfing A Rising Tide In Food

    Annie's is expensive, but that won't necessarily preclude more gains.
  38. Riptides At Riverbed Technology

    If Riverbed can produce a double-digit long-term free cash flow growth rate, fair ...
  39. Hercules Offshore Seeing Better Days In The Gulf

    Hercules Offshore has clearly rebounded strongly from the bottom of the cycle.
  40. Hess Has Good Assets, But What About Management?

    Hess has a great asset base, but can management exploit it effectively? Investors ...
  41. ON Semiconductor Seems To Have Found Bottom

    ON is looking better on both growth and margin potential.
  42. A Step Back For Atmel, But The Potential Is Interesting

    Atmel needs to win sockets for the shares to outperform.
  43. FEI Still A Big Play On The Very Small

    FEI has excellent growth potential, but valuation is a bit steep.
  44. Can ServiceSource Turn It Around?

    ServiceSource has to prove to the Street that it has a viable long-term model.
  45. Disney Has A Stable Of Horses To Ride

    Disney has plenty of opportunities to do better, and the stock price assumes it will. ...
  46. Chipotle Still Getting The Benefit Of The Doubt

    Chipotle needs to reignite the growth to validate the price.
  47. Kellogg Back In Its Groove

    Kellogg's brand-building will pressure margins, but strong sales growth is encouraging. ...
  48. Yum! Brands Still Has Indigestion, But Investors Have An ...

    A sharp drop in guidance for 2013 will spook investors, but may create a bargain. ...
  49. Barring Disaster, Anadarko Looks Too Cheap

    Andarko's valuable reserve base makes it a name worth considering, even with sizable ...
  50. Pricey Today, IDEX Deserves A Spot On Watchlists

    IDEX runs an interesting conglomerate, but valuation already anticipates a recovery. ...
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