Stephen D. Simpson, CFA

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  1. 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?
  2. Familiar Challenges, Familiar Opportunities At Chico's
    Stock Analysis

    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
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Brown Shoe Continues Its Turnaround With Sharper Execution
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    Brown Shoe Continues Its Turnaround With Sharper Execution

    Brown Shoe delivers another strong quarter in its turnaround.
  6. The Fresh Market Facing Its First Real Challenge
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    The Fresh Market Facing Its First Real Challenge

    If The Fresh Market can reignite its comp-store growth, momentum investors should return.
  7. A Summer Window Of Opportunity For Altera
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    A Summer Window Of Opportunity For Altera

    Altera has lagged and languished a bit, but that could be setting up an attractive long-term opportunity
  8. Alnylam Basking In Orphan Drug Attention
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    Alnylam Basking In Orphan Drug Attention

    Alnylam has already seen a big run, but clinical success could bring even more gains.
  9. Scotiabank's Balanced Model Continues To Deliver
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    Scotiabank's Balanced Model Continues To Deliver

    Scotiabank looks undervalued on the prospects for balanced long-term global growth potential.
  10. Tiffany Logs A Big Beat, But Fiscal 2014 Still A Work In ...
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    Tiffany Logs A Big Beat, But Fiscal 2014 Still A Work In ...

    Tiffany still needs to work out its silver strategy, but a strong rebound in comps is a good sign.
  11. Seadrill Still In Motion, But Delivering Better Utilization ...
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    Seadrill Still In Motion, But Delivering Better Utilization ...

    Still an aggressively-run company, Seadrill offers highly leveraged exposure to the growing offshore drilling market.
  12. AstraZeneca Looks To Fish Oil To Round Out Its Cardio Portfolio
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    AstraZeneca Looks To Fish Oil To Round Out Its Cardio Portfolio

    AstraZeneca validates the purified fish oil concept, but not at an especially high price.
  13. Cost Discipline Driving The Story At PNC Financial
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    Cost Discipline Driving The Story At PNC Financial

    If PNC can execute on it cost-cutting initiatves, the value creation could be meaningful
  14. Lenovo Still Far From Getting Its Due
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    Lenovo Still Far From Getting Its Due

    Lenovo's leading share in emerging market IT seems undervalued.
  15. Pandora Goes To Up To 11
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    Pandora Goes To Up To 11

    Pandora is showing that it can deliver on its model and its goals.
  16. Salesforce.com Still Growing And Still Expensive
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    Salesforce.com Still Growing And Still Expensive

    Cloud software and services continues to take share in the enterprise IT market, and Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) remains a major player within that trend. Even so, growth is slowing and the company has yet ...
  17. Marvell Unloved, But Does That Mean Undervalued?
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    Marvell Unloved, But Does That Mean Undervalued?

    Marvell has a lot of doubters, but also a history of building solid market share in multiple markets.
  18. What Forex Traders Need To Know About The Yen
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    What Forex Traders Need To Know About The Yen

    The Japanese Yen possesses some unique qualities that traders should know before jumping in.
  19. If Investors Won't Buy Retailers, Private Equity Will!
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    If Investors Won't Buy Retailers, Private Equity Will!

    Private equity seems to think the apparel retailing sector is on sale
  20. Hormel Transforming, But Valuation Already Ahead Of It
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    Hormel Transforming, But Valuation Already Ahead Of It

    Hormel is very well-run and has above-average growth prospects, but investors have already bid the shares up accordingly
  21. It's Still Miller Time In The Emerging Markets
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    It's Still Miller Time In The Emerging Markets

    SABMiller is expensive, but the company's long-term growth potential in emerging markets is enormous.
  22. After Some Preening, American Eagle Could Fly Again
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    After Some Preening, American Eagle Could Fly Again

    Management has to reinvest in the business, but the market seems to be undervaluing American Eagle's cash flow prospects.
  23. Cost Improvements Are Good, But Hewlett-Packard Needs Revenue ...
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    Cost Improvements Are Good, But Hewlett-Packard Needs Revenue ...

    Restructuring seems to be helping margins, but HP needs revenue growth to really turn around
  24. Ultratech Knocked Back, Not Knocked Out
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    Ultratech Knocked Back, Not Knocked Out

    Expectations for market growth are aggressive, but Ultratech could be a major winner over the next three to five years.
  25. Lowe's Had Better Start Improving
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    Lowe's Had Better Start Improving

    Lowe's is lagging Home Depot to an extent that just the weather can't explain
  26. Can Intuit Get Back Into Wall Street's Good Graces?
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    Can Intuit Get Back Into Wall Street's Good Graces?

    Uneven performance, particularly in tax software, has weighed on the shares of a former growth darling.
  27. NetApp Is Probably Cheap, But The Headwinds Aren't Going ...
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    NetApp Is Probably Cheap, But The Headwinds Aren't Going ...

    NetApp is suffering from the wider tech malaise, but the company appears to have established itself as the clear #2 player in a growing market.
  28. After A Big Recovery Rally, It's Up To Renew Blue For Best ...
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    After A Big Recovery Rally, It's Up To Renew Blue For Best ...

    Investors have bought Best Buy's story, but this quarter shows that a lot of work remains to be done
  29. Home Depot Continues To Rack Up Impressive Numbers
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    Home Depot Continues To Rack Up Impressive Numbers

    Top-notch execution is letting Home Depot thrive
  30. Roche, Reloaded
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    Roche, Reloaded

    Roche has one of the best long-term growth profiles in the Big Pharma space
  31. A Good Deal For Actavis, But Warner Chilcott Goes A Little ...
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    A Good Deal For Actavis, But Warner Chilcott Goes A Little ...

    Actavis gets a very useful asset, while Warner Chilcott shareholders get a decent exit.
  32. Elan Continues To Make Baffling Strategic Decision
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    Elan Continues To Make Baffling Strategic Decision

    Elan seems to be set on wasting the Tysabri windfall instead of returning it to shareholders
  33. Strategically-Challenged Websense Gets A Fair Deal
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    Strategically-Challenged Websense Gets A Fair Deal

    Websense gets a fair deal, given its ongoing growth problems.
  34. Campbell Soup Shows That Shoppers More Price-Sensitive Than ...
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    Campbell Soup Shows That Shoppers More Price-Sensitive Than ...

    Campbell Soup remains volatile, but investors haven't minded
  35. After A Big Rally, Pfizer Might Need Some Rest
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    After A Big Rally, Pfizer Might Need Some Rest

    A big rally has brought Pfizer back to fair value.
  36. Yahoo! Adds Tumblr, But Is This Another Underpants Gnome ...
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    Yahoo! Adds Tumblr, But Is This Another Underpants Gnome ...

    Tumblr is a high-potential asset, but Yahoo! absolutely must execute.
  37. Wal-Mart Uses Rigorous Cost Control To Offset Weaker Sales
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    Wal-Mart Uses Rigorous Cost Control To Offset Weaker Sales

    Sluggish sales growth at Wal-Mart isn't a big surprise, but it could keep a lid on the stock.
  38. Fear Of Cisco Leads The Market To Abandon Aruba Networks
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    Fear Of Cisco Leads The Market To Abandon Aruba Networks

    The spectre of share loss to Cisco has become real.
  39. Should Investors Hang Around For More From Applied Materials?
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    Should Investors Hang Around For More From Applied Materials?

    Applied Materials is showing progress, but has the 50% recovery already anticipated these improvements?
  40. How Much Further Can Value Carry Autodesk?
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    How Much Further Can Value Carry Autodesk?

    Autodesk comes up short again as the macro environment stays soft.
  41. Brocade's Uncertain New Direction
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    Brocade's Uncertain New Direction

    Brocade badly needs to prove that it can grow again.
  42. Kohl's Could Work For A Trade, But It's In A Brutal Business
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    Kohl's Could Work For A Trade, But It's In A Brutal Business

    Kohl's did okay by the analysts, but core operating trends here certainly aren't strong.
  43. Investors Already Thinking Recovery For Cummins
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    Investors Already Thinking Recovery For Cummins

    Cummins is still bottoming, but the Street is already thinking recovery
  44. Agilent Isn't Making It Easy On Investors
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    Agilent Isn't Making It Easy On Investors

    Core operating performance at Agilent needs to improve
  45. BP Looks Cheap, But A Lot Of Improvements Have To Come Through
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    BP Looks Cheap, But A Lot Of Improvements Have To Come Through

    Even with its problems and challenges, BP seems too cheap today
  46. Waiting For Housing To Recover, Valspar's Recovery Already ...
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    Waiting For Housing To Recover, Valspar's Recovery Already ...

    Valspar's market share and performance suggest the stock has recovered far enough.
  47. Chipotle Executing Well, But Valuation Leaves No Margin ...
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    Chipotle Executing Well, But Valuation Leaves No Margin ...

    Weak traffic isn't worrying investors who still prize Chipotle's mid-teens operating growth.
  48. Danaher Proves Even The Nimble Can Stumble
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    Danaher Proves Even The Nimble Can Stumble

    Danaher won't stay stuck for long.
  49. Roper A Little Short On Growth, But A Proven Builder Of ...
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    Roper A Little Short On Growth, But A Proven Builder Of ...

    Roper's organic growth isn't great now, but the market's love for this M&A frequent flyer is unlikely to dim
  50. BorgWarner Still In A Long-Term Growth Lane
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    BorgWarner Still In A Long-Term Growth Lane

    BorgWarner has intriguing growth prospects, but the shares have already recovered quite a bit of ground.
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