Analysis & Opinions

  1. The Importance Of The Cash Conversion Cycle

    Follow these examples to add cash conversion cycle to your stock analysis toolkit.
  2. CNH Global Makes Its Case

    Tractor manufacturer CNH Global is the top agricultural value play right now, bar none.
  3. Check Out Time At Marriott

    The hotel chain did surprisingly well in the third quarter, but investors shouldn't expect the rest of the year to be as ...
  4. Cypress Semiconductor Spinoff Confuses Investors

    Cypress Semiconductor spun off SunPower confusing many in the market who thought the shares dropped 70%.
  5. Has Anyone Seen Glass Or Steagall?

    Legislation's effect on the creation of universal banks like Citigroup and the latest entry Bank of America.
  6. Gmarket: The Ebay Of The East

    Gmarket is winning the ecommerce battle in Korea and has designs on the rest of Asia. Learn why online giant Ebay is looking ...
  7. Buy Into Berkshire's Struggles

    Warren Buffett's firm has been struggling in 2008 as it underperforms the major benchmarks. It could be time to take advantage ...
  8. Heckmann Loves Other People's Money

    Richard Heckmann has been buying companies for years, usually with other people's money. We'll look at his latest foray into ...
  9. The Short Side Of EAFE

    European, Asian and Far East markets are supposed to rise when U.S. markets fall, but not lately. Does going international ...
  10. Knowing When To Rebalance

    Creating a schedule or setting performance limits can keep your portfolio rebalancing on track. We highlight a few funds ...
  11. Shariah Compliance Principles

    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  12. Five Stocks For The Socially Responsible Investor

    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  13. Bidding Frenzy Hits Genetic Testing Stocks

    Genetic testing to assess future disease risk is about to go mainstream. This promted a take-over free-for-all in the sector.
  14. Five Must-Ask Questions Before Taking The IPO Bait

    IPOs often make great discussion but lousy investments. Learn how to avoid getting burned.
  15. Who's Really Winning The Heart-Stent Race?

    All the stent makers claim they're the sole industry leader. We help cut through the clutter.
  16. Citigroup Sheds $12 billion In Risky Loans

    Frozen credit markets may be beginning to thaw. Citi managed to sell $12 billion in leveraged loans, and other sales could ...
  17. Sipping The Good Stuff

    Scotch Whisky is one of the fastest growing products in the liquor business. Learn which companies are cashing in.
  18. The Stealth Wealth In Municipal Bonds

    For a few municipal bond ETFs the present risk within muni markets might actually be a blessing in disguise.
  19. AnnTaylor Crushes The Competition In Style

    An impressive and improving gross margin set AnnTaylor apart from its high-end rivals. It now has the flexibility to survive ...
  20. 'High Touch' Equals High Return (MON, MMM, ECL)

    We examine three companies responding to the backlash against hi-tech, computer-driven sales by adding the human touch.
  21. Prison Stock 'That's Hot' (CXW, GEO)

    Paris Hilton's recent jail stint has investors thinking about private jails. Learn why three jail stocks are hitting new ...
  22. GE vs 3M -- Who's Better After Earnings?

    A side-by-side comparison of two conglomerate heavyweights.
  23. Unlocking Value In Closed-ended Funds

    A look at three Closed-ended mutual funds that offer great opportunities for investors to profit.
  24. Business Intelligence for Dummies

    An overview of the Business Intelligence industry and what opportunities it presents for investors.
  25. Starbucks' Growth Aspirations Might Come at a Cost (SBUX)

    Starbucks has a bold plan to open 10,000 new stores, but such rapid expansion in a short time could come at a high price.
  26. The Effects of the Altria-Kraft Spin-Off (MO, KFT)

    An interesting look at the effects the Altria-Kraft spin-off could bring to the major stock market indices.
  27. Equity Office Properties Nears a Decision (EOD)

    A high profile private equity deal highlights the hidden value of good dividend-paying REITs.
  28. Margin of Error (SUN)

    Lower margins and higher expansion costs should keep Sunoco shares in check.
  29. Weakness At Target A Reason For Concern (TGT)

    With an economic slowdown in the mix, Target may feel the pinch more than investors expect.
  30. What Volatility Really Means

    When it comes to volatile, high-risk stocks, it's often much easier to talk the talk than it is to walk the walk.
  31. Taking a Closer Look at Chemical Companies

    The chemical sector may be painted with an outdated brush there might be a lot more opportunity here than many investors ...
  32. Taking Beverages to the Extreme

    One of the hotest markets in the US over the last five years has been energy drinks. But can the growth continue?
  33. The Most Important Metric You Forgot

    The cash conversion cycle (or cash cycle) is one of the best early-warning systems available to you. Let's take a closer ...
  34. Our Top Down Approach

    Learn about how we use a top-down approach in our stock selections.
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