Stephen D. Simpson, CFA


Stock Analysis

  1. Will Patience Pay For Walgreen Shareholders?

    The drug retailing business is getting tougher, but Walgreen is a proven winner.
  2. The Best And Worst Of Times In Shoes

    Shoe stocks have been all over the map, but there seems to be a lack of real causes ...
  3. Quest Diagnostics Opens Its Wallet One More Time

    Quest shows once again that it is willing to pay for what may become valuable testing ...
  4. AT&T Gives Deutsche Telekom Its Out

    AT&T makes a surprising bid to become #1 in the U.S. cellular market.
  5. Truck-Makers Still Hauling In Profits

    Strong growth in commercial truck demand suggests that investors may want to consider ...
  6. Heavily Shorted Stocks Near Their Highs

    When hot stocks have high short interest, investors should pause and reexamine their ...
  7. A Sustainable Boost To Japanese Banks?

    Operating conditions will soon be very different for Japanese banks, but the long-term ...
  8. FedEx Looks Like It's Coming And Going

    If FedEx can better leverage its existing assets, shareholders could stand to benefit.
  9. How Far Can Lululemon Stretch?

    Lululemon is an exceptional retailer with a great stock price, but the risk for LULU ...
  10. Solid Consumer Companies For Patient Dividend Investors

    These names offer dividend investors some high-quailty income options.
  11. Nuclear Energy - The Emotion Trade Is In Full Swing

    Emotion has taken a bite out of nuclear energy stocks, but investors should approach ...
  12. Financial Services That Buffett Could Love

    Buffett may or may not have any interest in these names, but they are quality companies ...
  13. Healthy Dividend-Growth Ideas In Healthcare

    Healthcare is an increasingly worthwhile destination for dividend shoppers.
  14. Buffett Brings Lubrizol Into The Fold

    Berkshire makes a logical, although unexpected, deal for Lubrizol.
  15. Urban Warfare

    A stumble in merchandising does not mean Urban's long-term growth story is over.
  16. Here Comes The Tricky Part For Rail Traffic

    February was the second straight month where rail traffic data looked a bit odd.
  17. 8 Tech Stocks With Big Dividends

    There are only a few tech stocks that fit a dividend growth model. Check them out ...
  18. 6 Banks That Still Need To Roll Up Their TARP

    While bank stocks have generally recovered, a few stragglers remain.
  19. Severe Static For Telco Suppliers

    Telecomm equipment stocks went too far too fast, and signs of demand weakness have ...
  20. Not All Shipping Is Sinking

    Containerships and containers themselves look like a strong play on global trade.
  21. The Japanese Earthquake's Effects On Insurers

    A severe earthquake in Japan is likely to mean billions in losses for insurance companies.
  22. Can James River Thrive On Luck And Timing?

    James River's earnings were nothing special, but an attractively-priced deal has ...
  23. Glaxo And Human Genome Find Rare FDA Success

    With an increasingly scarce FDA approval in hand, HGSI and GSK look to build a blockbuster ...
  24. DexCom Shows Diabetes Still A Growth Industry

    DexCom shows that, although times are tough, people will still adopt better technology.
  25. Marvell Technology: Not So Marvell-ous

    Marvell's fourth quarter disappointed the Street, and near-term prospects aren't ...
  26. Western Digital Doubles Up On Storage

    Western Digital is paying a high premium for Hitachi's business to become the major ...
  27. Central European Distribution: From Russia, With Disappointment

    CEDC continues to disappoint and investors are growing tired of the excuses.
  28. Heinz Sticking To A Smart Plan

    Slow and steady wins the race, and Heinz is fully aware of that. The company is set ...
  29. Darling: Dirty Business, Sweet Cash Flow

    Darling's business may be dirty and disgusting, but the cash flow smells sweet.
  30. What's Happening To The Best Trades Of Our Lives?

    So far, 2011 has not been a great year for many major emerging markets.
  31. VeriFone Makes Its Skeptics Pay

    VeriFone continues to validate a premium valuation with premium growth.
  32. Noble's Permit No Giant Leap For Drillers

    Noble's permit is just one small step back towards normal.
  33. Salix Proves There Is Still Growth In Pharma

    Salix has taken another blow from the FDA, but seems too cheap given its prospects.
  34. Joy Global's Mixed Quarter

    Joy Global's mixed earnings won't help already nervous investors.
  35. Medicis - Generic Reprieve And Shareholder Relief

    Medicis gets a big boost from patent settlements.
  36. Hot Stocks To Start 2011

    We'll look at the hottest sectors so far this year.
  37. Playing The Applied Materials Rollercoaster

    Applied is a high-quality, undervalued tech stock, but the unpredictability of its ...
  38. OmniVision Hosts A Bear Roast

    OmniVision brings the pain to shorts. See if this tech company finally has to momentum ...
  39. Is The New Smartphone ETF A Smart Idea?

    FONE offers an unusually broad definition of the smartphone market opportunity.
  40. HSBC Faces A Longer Road Back To Normal

    HSBC lowered its growth expectations, but there is still value in this global banking ...
  41. Novavax Gets A Booster Shot From The Government

    Novavax gets a sizable contract from the government that will largely fund its remaining ...
  42. Home Depot Pulls Ahead Of Lowe's

    Home Depot has pulled back into the lead in the battle between the two big-box home ...
  43. Can Chico's Be Chic Again?

    Chico's won't impress anybody with trailing same-store sales growth of 1%, but the ...
  44. Salesforce.com - High-Octane Growth With A Price To Match

    Salesforce.com continues to make its valuation moot with excellent growth.
  45. Can NutriSystem Find A Healthy Size?

    NutriSystem got crushed on bad earnings guidance, but there could be more value here ...
  46. Hewlett-Packard Primed For An Overreaction Trade

    HP is getting hit hard after first quarter earnings, but there is still value in ...
  47. Lincoln: Electric A Quality Niche Industrial

    With the rebound in industrial activity, welding has come back strong, and Lincoln ...
  48. A Win-Win For Chespeake And BHP?

    Chesapeake and BHP Billiton both get soemthing they need after a multi-billion dollar ...
  49. Medco Looks To Stay In The Pink

    Medco continues to deliver the goods, while contract worries hang over the stock.
  50. Medtronic's Midlife Crisis

    Medtronic lacks growth, but quality is still in place.
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