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  1. Watch A Bank's Liabilities

    May 3, 2010
    The Federal Reserve will eventually raise interest rates, raising the cost of funds for many banks.
  2. All Clear In Energy Services?

    April 28, 2010
    Schlumberger's management talked about a bottom in energy services, but do fundamentals matter in the face of energy prices? ...
  3. Companies Printing Money

    April 27, 2010
    Xerox and several other companies have turned in good earnings numbers here in the first quarter.
  4. Cal-Maine Foods: An "Egg-Citing" Company

    April 27, 2010
    Cal-Maine Foods is the largest egg prodcucer in the United States, and has grown through an aggressive acquisition strategy ...
  5. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Buy 'Em

    April 15, 2010
    Are a few deals the herald for a wave of M&A activity in energy?
  6. Royal Dutch Shell Moves To Increase Investment In U.S.

    April 8, 2010
    Royal Dutch Shell is exploring and developing onshore and offshore properties in the United States, as it attempts to jump-start ...
  7. Terex Reshapes For The Future

    March 15, 2010
    These divestitures have given Terex ample liquidity to ride the current economic hurricane the company is navigating.
  8. 5 Reasons To Love Greenlight Capital Re

    March 11, 2010
    David Einhorn, noted investor, is Chairman and largest shareholder of this Cayman Island reinsurance company.
  9. Private Equity Providing Big Returns

    March 9, 2010
    Listed private equity firms have been burning up the market, but will their hot 1-year returns will continue?
  10. Diamond Foods Chips In

    March 4, 2010
    Diamond Foods sells walnuts and popcorn, and now potato chips with the acquisition of Kettle Foods. We look at what this ...
  11. RiskMetrics Two Years After IPO

    March 4, 2010
    On March 1, 2010, MSCI announced it was buying RiskMetrics for $21.75 a share. We look at the winners and losers of this ...
  12. Making Sense Of Generac's IPO

    March 2, 2010
    On February 11 Generac Power Systemsits shares began trading on Nasdaq at $13 a share, but is it a good buy?
  13. A Different Magic Formula

    February 23, 2010
    Joel Greenblatt's Magic Formula is very useful when comparing some of the biggest processed and packaged goods companies ...
  14. El Paso Corporation Has It All

    February 2, 2010
    El Paso is a diversified energy company with assets in pipelines and exploration and production.
  15. Frozen Pizza: A Sizzling Investment

    January 13, 2010
    As long as Americans are pressed for time and money, frozen pizza is likely to remain a staple. Find out how to cash in on ...
  16. Millennial Stocks - Up By Over 1,000% In 2009

    December 31, 2009
    The greatest performers of 2009 can help investors predict 2010 successes.
  17. Losers Today, Winners Tomorrow?

    December 30, 2009
    Following a contrarian approach of avoiding investing with the masses, and instead focusing on value, offers the best recipe ...
  18. A Final Look At Agriculture Stocks

    December 28, 2009
    Agriculture's resilience during the recession points to a strong outlook for the next several years.
  19. A Case Can Be Made For Cheap Stocks

    December 23, 2009
    Net net working capital produced some stellar micro cap gains in 2009. Can it work for larger stocks?
  20. Own Stocks That Rent

    December 14, 2009
    The real estate market isn't the only one with huge potential in rentals.
  21. 5 Stocks For The Dollar Portfolio

    November 30, 2009
    These five stocks all have the word "dollar" in their corporate names, and all five look like decent investments.
  22. Strong Franchises Make Strong Investments

    November 24, 2009
    Dominantly entrenched companies with strong franchises offer a very sound investment strategy going forward.
  23. "Online Sales Ratio" Key To Retail Success

    November 18, 2009
    Some retailers are putting up some amazing numbers online, and it could point towards successful retail plays.
  24. Emerging Carbon Capture Plays

    November 12, 2009
    These companies all got into carbon capture for financial reasons, and it's paying off.
  25. 5 Stocks To Play The Low Dollar Trade

    November 6, 2009
    Here are five stocks that should benefit from a lower dollar in 2010.
  26. Caterpillar Plows Through

    October 22, 2009
    Though its profits fell 53%, Caterpillar still blew away analysts' estimates.
  27. 5 A-Rated Stocks With Healthy Dividends

    October 16, 2009
    These issues have distinguished themselves with stable growth, earnings and dividends over a 10-year period.
  28. Top 5 Companies In Danger Of Bankruptcy

    September 23, 2009
    Audit Intergity came out with its list of top ten bankruptcy candidates over the next year.
  29. Campbell Soup: Steady And Focused

    September 18, 2009
    Campbell Soup had a mixed earnings report but announced an intriguing commitment to remain a core-focused company.
  30. EnCana Splits In Two

    September 15, 2009
    EnCana announced its plan to split into two separate oil companies, but is this restructuring really necessary?
  31. Amusement Park Rebound

    September 2, 2009
    Cedar Fair, owner of parks such as Cedar Point and Kings Island, could be set for renewed success when the industry rebounds. ...
  32. Two Spinoffs Worth Following

    August 27, 2009
    Investment opportunities can occur when a company does a spinoff. Here are two spinoffs worth a look.
  33. A Green Chip Portfolio

    August 10, 2009
    While start-ups get all the alternative energy attention, there are plenty of well established large caps that have green ...
  34. Kellogg Earnings Almost Double-Good

    August 7, 2009
    Kellogg posted higher profits despite a slight revenue decrease, showing promise for the rest of the year and the end of ...
  35. 3 Food Stocks Flying Under The Radar

    July 29, 2009
    Food may not be a sexy stock pick, but these three companies seem to offer steady dividends and stable growth.
  36. Exxon Mobil Takes The Plunge Into Biofuels

    July 21, 2009
    Exxon Mobil committed $600 million to a joint veture to research biofuels made from Algae. This illustrates the importance ...
  37. High Yielding Financial Microcaps

    July 17, 2009
    Microcaps often trade under the radar - and offer great value.
  38. Dean Foods Organic Experiment

    July 14, 2009
    Dean Foods recently announced a lower-priced "natural dairy" product to complement its organic brands. The organics industry ...
  39. Dividend Divas For July 14

    July 14, 2009
    Companies that pay a high dividend show their commitment to returning money to shareholders. Here we drill down into the ...
  40. Dyncorp A Profitable Military Play

    June 30, 2009
    We take a look at Dyncorp's commitment to the military and how this translates into profit.
  41. Chinese Small Caps With Large Potential

    June 25, 2009
    China's growing population makes education and food a top priority. We look at which of these stocks has the most potential ...
  42. What Happens If Natural Gas Storage Fills Up?

    June 23, 2009
    Storage levels for natural gas are very high relative to cpacity and historical levels, setting up the possibility of full ...
  43. Casey's General Stores Stay Hungry

    June 17, 2009
    Casey’s continues to demonstrate it can grow profits in what is a challenging business even during the best of economic times. ...
  44. "But Do They Pay?" - A Look At Non-Cyclicals

    June 17, 2009
    Many consumer non-cyclicals don't offer investors the value or payout they need.
  45. Remember Net Interest Margins?

    May 25, 2009
    The market is obsessed with asset quality, and with good reason. However, once the crisis passes, investors will examine ...
  46. Walgreen Quietly Moves Ahead

    April 9, 2009
    Walgreen has been holding its own in the earnings department through the recession,and with a modest rise in March sales ...
  47. Shale Plays Gone Wild - The Haynesville

    March 20, 2009
    The Haynesville is the most popular shale play, but investors should know it's not the only game in town.
  48. Scripps Network Interactive Worth A Look

    March 11, 2009
    Is Scripps Network Interactive an attractive stock in this advertising slowdown.
  49. Insiders Cruising For Royal Caribbean Stocks

    March 10, 2009
    This cruise line's recent insider buys make it a company worth further consideration.
  50. A Little Trouble in Big China Airlines

    February 26, 2009
    As the global airline industry sinks amid reduced consumer travel, China Southern and the other big Chinese airlines face ...
  51. Cabela's One Retailer Making It Through The Recession

    February 25, 2009
    Like most retailers Cabela's initially suffered during the recession, but has it now recovered?
  52. Big Banks Sold Short

    February 13, 2009
    With four of the biggest banks being sold short, is this an area of investing you should be getting into during this bearish ...
  53. Bristol-Myers Pays Healthy Dividends

    February 12, 2009
    Bristol-Myers is among five companies with a great forward annual dividend yield.
  54. John Bean Plants The Seed For Growth

    January 22, 2009
    The ever-increasing demand for convenience food is a golden egg for profit-hungry investors.
  55. Five Reasons To Look At Canon

    January 21, 2009
    These reasons may make Canon an attractive stock to add to your portfolio.
  56. Executives Take Pay Cuts For The Team

    January 15, 2009
    Upper management salary cuts do not guarantee future performance, but they do indicate how the right team can add value during ...
  57. Airline Stocks Remain Grounded In 2009

    December 30, 2008
    We examine the year that was and the year that will be in the airline industry.
  58. Benjamin Graham's Recession-Resistant Valuation Metric

    December 10, 2008
    Should near-term earnings be taken seriously?
  59. Can Lumber Liquidators Pass The IPO Litmus Test?

    November 27, 2008
    One year out from Lumber Liquidators going public, we examine the deal to see if this was a successful IPO or yet another ...
  60. Heinz Cooks Up Global Expansion, Ketchup On The Side

    November 14, 2008
    Instead of waiting for the markets to settle, investors can find great picks by scanning their cupboards for investment ideas. ...
  61. Infrastructure Substitutes For Bechtel

    November 13, 2008
    It's too bad you can't buy stock in privately held Bechtel, but we've come up with a few solid alternatives that should also ...
  62. No Butterfly In Sight For Caterpillar

    October 29, 2008
    Falling commodity prices and a moribund housing market will make it hard for Caterpillar to grow until the recession lifts. ...
  63. Declare War On CEO Pay

    October 21, 2008
    Is there a way to keep CEO compensation reasonable while still providing incentives for performance?
  64. Percentage Gainers And Losers For October 15

    October 15, 2008
    Percentage gainers and losers for Wednesday include EnCana and Cadence Design Systems.
  65. Three Stocks With Downward Momentum

    October 13, 2008
    Find out if you could surf the momentum of these risky financial waters with three downward-momentum stocks.
  66. CNH Global Makes Its Case

    October 6, 2008
    Tractor manufacturer CNH Global is the top agricultural value play right now, bar none.
  67. Diamond Foods' Pop Secret Acquisition

    October 1, 2008
    Diamond Foods saw a 23% Q4 earnings surprise. Could its move beyond almonds and walnuts continue to pay dividends?
  68. Gas Shortage Hits Oil-Rich Alberta

    September 2, 2008
    A problem at a Petro Canada refinery left many pumps dry in Western Canada. Will this hurt the company's long term performance? ...
  69. Five Dividend Darlings For July 24

    July 28, 2008
    Royalty income trusts can provide a much needed cash dividend to your portfolio. We focus on Permian Basin Royalty Trust ...
  70. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  71. PEGY With A Value Twist

    July 2, 2008
    Add a margin of safety to your PEG calculations by using price/sales and dividend yield. We'll look at a ten-stock portfolio. ...
  72. Caterpillar Digs Emerging Markets

    June 30, 2008
    Caterpillar has made a big push into China and the Middle East. The move paid off and allowed the company to bury losses ...
  73. Private Equity For The Public

    June 19, 2008
    Private Equity firm American Capital Strategies offers an impressive dividend yield for those waiting out the credit crunch. ...
  74. Dean Foods Past Its Expiration Date?

    June 10, 2008
    Dairy producer Dean Foods is under pressure, and one of its directors just sold stock while it's on the way down, should ...
  75. American Airlines: Pack Light, Or Pay Up

    May 23, 2008
    AMR will now charge passengers $15 for their first checked bag. It's also cutting flights by 12% - bad news for AMR and the ...
  76. Cabela's Ready To Be Reeled In

    May 13, 2008
    Despite an 8.4% drop in comps, the fishing retailer's focus on customer care, store productivity and advertising will pay ...
  77. Kraft Sales Grow, Input Costs Drag

    April 30, 2008
    Despite a drop in profits, Kraft beat estimates and saw its sales climb.
  78. Bottom Fishing Among The Clouds

    April 15, 2008
    With recent declines in airline stocks, we could be on the verge of merger mania. That means there are bargains to be had. ...
  79. Home Run Hitting Stocks For Sports Fans

    April 2, 2008
    The era of the publicly owned sports team is at an end, but there are still places to make money investing in sports.
  80. Green Funds For The Faint Of Heart

    March 24, 2008
    Learn about two funds that go green without going overboard. Both invest in well-known companies with strong growth potential. ...
  81. Hoisting Heavy Returns In Heavy Equipment (CAT, TEX, CNH)

    September 26, 2007
    Big cranes and big tractors are impressive, but when it comes to the equipment makers, lean and mean is the key to success. ...
  82. Investigating A Corny Subject (ADM, CPO, CAG)

    July 25, 2007
    A look at three corn producers who use innovation to differentiate themselves in a competitive market.
  83. Build A Foundation For Your Portfolio (PKB)

    June 19, 2007
    Commercial and international building continues to surge, and there is an ETF that offers exposure to this growth sector. ...
  84. Business Intelligence for Dummies

    April 10, 2007
    An overview of the Business Intelligence industry and what opportunities it presents for investors.
  85. The Generation That Doesn't Cook (EAT)

    April 9, 2007
    A taste of Brinker International (EAT) - parent of Chili’s, On the Border, Maggiano’s, and Macaroni Grill.
  86. The Effects of the Altria-Kraft Spin-Off (MO, KFT)

    March 26, 2007
    An interesting look at the effects the Altria-Kraft spin-off could bring to the major stock market indices.
  87. Apollo Has Yield for the Masses (AINV)

    March 22, 2007
    Apollo Investments is a Business Development Company (BDC) that gives investors another alternative to getting exposure to ...
  88. Winners and Losers - January 15th - January 19th (MLS, RACK, ...

    January 19, 2007
    A look at some of the market's big winners and losers for the week of January 15th.
  89. Public Private Equity (ACAS)

    November 2, 2006
    Publicly-traded private equity firms offer investors an opportunity to invest in an otherwise exclusive market.
  90. Has LCA-Vision Lost Its Focus? (LCAV)

    October 3, 2006
    With a recent price plunge, shares of LCAV are starting to look like a real bargain.
  91. Winners and Losers - September 4th - 8th (SYX, BNP, EFX, ADLR, ...

    September 8, 2006
    A look at the winners and losers for the week of September 4th.
  92. The Little Things That Matter

    October 26, 2005
    Everybody's talking about it but how exactly do you invest in nanotechnology? Let David Harper shed some light on the subject. ...
  93. The Law of Large Numbers

    August 8, 2005
    How big is too big? In this piece we tackle the problem of companies that may be 'too big' for your portfolio.
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