Stephen D. Simpson, CFA

  1. GE's Guidance Wasn't Great, But Expectations Seem Low
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    GE's Guidance Wasn't Great, But Expectations Seem Low

    GE looks underpriced on its long-term growth potential.
  2. Is Controversy About Robot-Assisted Surgery Showing In Intuitive ...
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    Is Controversy About Robot-Assisted Surgery Showing In Intuitive ...

    Uncertainty about procedure growth may be opening a window in these often-expensive shares
  3. Does A Tough Patch Really Matter To McDonald's Shareholders?
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    Does A Tough Patch Really Matter To McDonald's Shareholders?

    Investors are paying a premium for the security McDonald's offers
  4. IBM Makes It Official – Tech Has Some Troubles
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    IBM Makes It Official – Tech Has Some Troubles

    IBM sees a broad miss and the valuation is still too high.
  5. Weak PC Growth And Slow Mobile Penetration Weighing On Microsoft
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    Weak PC Growth And Slow Mobile Penetration Weighing On Microsoft

    Microsoft is still not delivering what tech investors really want, but the value looks real.
  6. Thermo Steps Up And Seals A Deal For Life Technologies
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    Thermo Steps Up And Seals A Deal For Life Technologies

    Speculation has been all over the place for an M&A with LifeTech, but the final announcement is consistent with my expectations.
  7. Mediocre Performance Clouding BB&T's Long-Term Value
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    Mediocre Performance Clouding BB&T's Long-Term Value

    I remain quite positive on BB&T shares, though I am more bullish than most sell-side analysts.
  8. Nokia Still Straddling Fault Lines
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    Nokia Still Straddling Fault Lines

    Nokia Still Straddling Fault Lines by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA Roughly 18 months into his tenure as the CEO of Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Stephen Elop hasn't yet proven much of anything about the future of this ...
  9. Broad Weakness Makes It Harder To Like St. Jude Today
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    Broad Weakness Makes It Harder To Like St. Jude Today

    Although I do believe the long-term expectations for St. Jude are increasingly beatable, this could be a frustrating stock to own for a little while yet.
  10. Dover May Be Bottoming, But The Street's Already Thinking ...
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    Dover May Be Bottoming, But The Street's Already Thinking ...

    Dover management is continuing to make the case that results will improve in the second half of 2013. Remember that while the news (and anticipation) cycle has already moved on to the future, what we're ...
  11. Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America
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    Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America

    In any case, I think U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo offer more upside from today's levels than Bank of America.
  12. Intel – A Bond's Downside And A Stock's Upside?
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    Intel – A Bond's Downside And A Stock's Upside?

    With only decent earnings being reported, Intel must reignite growth to see meaningful capital appreciation.
  13. CSX Adapting To New Realities
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    CSX Adapting To New Realities

    It wasn't long ago at all that the rails seemed to have things pretty much all going their way. Better management was producing better margins, pricing advantages over trucking...
  14. Pharma Is Doing All The Pulling For Johnson & Johnson
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    Pharma Is Doing All The Pulling For Johnson & Johnson

    Although JNJ reported decent earnings and has some major new drugs lined up - downside risk is definitely still present.
  15. Comerica Looks Like A Slow-Coiling Spring
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    Comerica Looks Like A Slow-Coiling Spring

    With interest rates so low, loan demand pretty sluggish, and regulations chewing into once-lucrative sources of income, most banks are stuck in a holding pattern. That's particularly true for those banks ...
  16. U.S. Bancorp Is Strong But Needs Growth
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    U.S. Bancorp Is Strong But Needs Growth

    As is the case at other regional/super-regional banks like Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp looks undervalued today provided you're willing to project improving returns.
  17. On Track With Volumes And Margins, Coca-Cola Refreshes
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    On Track With Volumes And Margins, Coca-Cola Refreshes

    Coca-Cola offers something almost like a hybrid of stock and bond, but investors need to be OK with its valuation.
  18. Infosys Struggling To Make The Changes
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    Infosys Struggling To Make The Changes

    The unsatisfying results that Infosys has reported recently, combined with pretty non-specific guidance, has created a pretty large spread in sell-side estimates for revenue and free cash flow over the ...
  19. Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days
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    Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days

    With its first full quarter with new CEO Michael Corbat in charge now in the books, Citigroup (NYSE:C) continues to make progress towards operating more like the large money-center bank that it is. While ...
  20. Core Growth At Wells Fargo Is Weak, But The Multiple Doesn't ...
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    Core Growth At Wells Fargo Is Weak, But The Multiple Doesn't ...

    Wells Fargo is growth-challenged today, but that's creating a long-term buying opportunity in the shares.
  21. Bank Of The Ozarks Continues To Build Value
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    Bank Of The Ozarks Continues To Build Value

    Bank of the Ozarks deserves its premium, as it continues to demonstrate a rare combo of growth and quality.
  22. J.B. Hunt's Bigger Challenge Today: Expectations Not Operations, ...
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    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.
  23. Titan Machinery's Margin Problem
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    Titan Machinery's Margin Problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ongoing revenue growth struggles and eroding market share is making the deep-value case harder at AngioDynamics.
  30. GE Pays Up To Get Into Another Attractive Energy Business
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    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 Lufkin Industries.
  31. For Alcoa, It Can Still Get Worse Before It Gets Better
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    For Alcoa, It Can Still Get Worse Before It Gets Better

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

    F5's guidance adds more fuel to the tech bear bonfire.
  33. RPM's Performance Isn't Perfect, But Continues To Generate ...
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    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.
  34. Schnitzer's Results Are Better, But The Challenges Are Still ...
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    Schnitzer's Results Are Better, But The Challenges Are Still ...

    Even with a sequential improvement in volumes and margins, Schnitzer faces significant long-term challenges to its business.
  35. Samsung Stores A No-Risk Opportunity For Best Buy
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    Samsung Stores A No-Risk Opportunity For Best Buy

    Will new mini-Samsung stores rejuvenate Best Buy and threaten Apple?
  36. A Thick Order Book Is Only Part Of The Story For Greenbrier
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    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 questions.
  37. Global Payments Still Feeling An Uncomfortable Squeeze
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    Global Payments Still Feeling An Uncomfortable Squeeze

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

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

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

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

    Volatile farming results and worries about Argentina have pushed Adecoagro shares well below the value of the company's land.
  42. A Slimmed Down Vestas Hopes For More Than Just Survival
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    A Slimmed Down Vestas Hopes For More Than Just Survival

    Vestas is clearly struggling, but may just manage to do more than survive.
  43. Verizon, AT&T And Vodafone – Here We Go Again
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    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 of Vodafone.
  44. McCormick Continues To Defy Gravity
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    McCormick Continues To Defy Gravity

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

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

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

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

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

    Another disappointing quarter makes it harder to believe in TIBCO's potential.
  50. Sequestration: What Will It Do And What Should You Do?
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    Sequestration: What Will It Do And What Should You Do?

    Learn about the sequester, and possible ways to play it.