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  1. The Stealth Rally In Steel

    March 18, 2008
    Boring old steel companies have been market darlings as of late, but will steel prices and stocks be able to hold on to their ...
  2. Tobacco Stocks Light Up During Recession

    March 12, 2008
    The bear doesn't have his paws on most tobacco stocks yet. Maybe they're not the right brand, or maybe we really are in a ...
  3. Duke Energy Is High Yield Royalty

    March 4, 2008
    Duke Energy's very healthy dividend yield makes it a solid investment as a fixed-income proxy, especially during a flight ...
  4. Straight AAAs For Failing Bond Insurers

    February 27, 2008
    S&P reaffirmed the 'AAA' ratings of MBIA and Ambac - yet another case where the report card is more about self esteem ...
  5. Schering-Plough Clears The Way For Growth (SGP)

    February 15, 2008
    The drug maker has a strong product pipeline and timely diversification that should produce big results for long-suffering ...
  6. Schering-Plough's Smoke Screen (SGP)

    January 24, 2008
    CEO Fred Hassan will buy $2 million of company stock after Q4 earnings are released. Should investors follow, or is this ...
  7. Garmin Stumbles, TomTom Grabs Lead (GRMN)

    December 21, 2007
    GPS maker Garmin gave up its bid for Tele Atlas. It's losing market share, and the stock has plenty of downside left.
  8. Zander's Exit Leaves Icahn Free To Pull The Strings (MOT)

    December 10, 2007
    CEO Ed Zander's departure gives Motorola a fresh perspective and may clear the way for a little shareholder activism, too. ...
  9. Will Wendy's Hold Out For A Better Suitor? (TRY, WEN)

    November 16, 2007
    Investment company Triarc finally made a bid for Wendy's, but reports suggest that it came in lower than expected.
  10. Green Investing: ETFs vs. Individual Stocks

    November 13, 2007
    Discover which strategy suits your style: the safety of ETFs, or the volatile, yet possibly explosive returns of individual ...
  11. Safeway A Safe Play (SWY)

    October 19, 2007
    Safeway is coming off a solid third quarter, and management has provided an encouraging outlook for the remainder of the ...
  12. Research In Motion On The Move (RIMM)

    October 16, 2007
    Research In Motion beat expectations for the quarter and looks strong, but will its motion ulitmateley be down - not up? ...
  13. Retailers For The Holiday Season

    October 11, 2007
    It pays to start your Christmas shopping early. We run down the list of must-have stocks to help you beat the rush.
  14. Hunting The Headhunters (HSII, KFY, MAN, KELYA)

    September 18, 2007
    From the executive suite to temps in the typing pool, these firms have it covered.
  15. Medicine's Marketing Machines (CEPH, FRX, SHPGY)

    September 13, 2007
    We examine three pharmaceutical companies known as much for their ads as they are for their treatments.
  16. Energy MLPs Turn Up The Heat (EPD, KMP, BWP)

    September 11, 2007
    We examine three master limited partnerships who are set to profit when the snow begins to fly.
  17. Burger King Feasting On The 'Fourth Meal' (BKC)

    September 5, 2007
    Three meals a day? Bah! Burger King has found that if you're open, they will eat.
  18. Subprime Casualty List

    August 30, 2007
    A look at some of the major victims of the subprime fallout, and the possible opportunities within them.
  19. Feeding Our Offshore Addiction (TDW, HOS, CKH)

    August 22, 2007
    We need offshore oil, and offshore drillers need supplies – we examine three shipping companies who make it happen.
  20. Nokia Redistributes The Chips (NOK)

    August 16, 2007
    Three new companies are getting a chance to make chips for Nokia phones. Will this balance the game?
  21. Big Rig Emission Changes May Hurt Makers (CMI,OSK,VOLV)

    August 14, 2007
    New EPA rules mean short-term pain for long-term gain in the heavy truck industry.
  22. Insiders Bail On Crocs (CROX)

    August 9, 2007
    Crocs has had a good run, but insiders are beginning to sell - investors should pay attention.
  23. Qualcomm's Legal Problems Loom Large (QCOM)

    August 9, 2007
    Disputes with with Broadcom and Nokia are heating up. Investors beware, high litigation costs could be coming.
  24. Three Reasons Amazon Keeps Climbing (AMZN)

    August 7, 2007
    There is more to life than just books... at least, Amazon thinks so. This just might be why the stock is rising.
  25. Four Reasons Behind The Starbucks Stall (SBUX)

    August 3, 2007
    Starbucks is coming off a solid third quarter, but its stock has stalled. Read on to find out why.
  26. Nobody Does A Buyback Like Sara Lee (SLE)

    July 30, 2007
    Rising levels of dough are pitting shareholders and bondholders against each other.
  27. Computer-Aided Success (PMTC, DASTY, CTXS)

    July 13, 2007
    Research and development is the key to success in the highly competitive enterprise-software game.
  28. Coal-To-Oil: America's Energy Solution? (SSL, RTK, SYNM)

    July 6, 2007
    A JP Morgan study says coal-to-oil conversion could replace OPEC's oil.
  29. Something To Build On (OC, USG, ASD)

    June 21, 2007
    A little patience could reward investors in these three housing-industry stocks.
  30. 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. ...
  31. Making Change At The Bank

    June 14, 2007
    A look at three institutions who are pushing the standard definition of regional bank.
  32. Turning The Rumor Mill (DELL, TRMP, NFLX, MRK)

    June 12, 2007
    A roundup of the week's popular news stories and market rumors.
  33. Add Some Holdings To Your Holdings (BRK.A, AINV, LUK)

    June 12, 2007
    Some say the markets are ripe for a correction. Add these holding companies to make sure you aren't left behind.
  34. Is Micron Finally Bottoming Out? (MU)

    June 7, 2007
    Micron has been testing recent lows for most of 2007. Is it finally time to look at this leading tech indicator?
  35. The Coke Brothers (CCE, COKE, CCH, KOF)

    June 1, 2007
    A rundown of the many companies that sell Coke worldwide.
  36. Skechers A Takeover Candidate? (SKX)

    May 24, 2007
    Private equity firm KKR is rumored to be interested in Sketchers, but don't believe everything you hear.
  37. Specialty Steel: A Captive Market (CRS, ATI, AKS)

    May 24, 2007
    Specialty steel may be "flat rolled", but the profits and share performance of these three companies certainly aren’t flat. ...
  38. Hedge Against Falling Real Estate (SRS)

    May 23, 2007
    As real estate sentiment falls, the UltraShort Real Estate ProShares ETF can help investors hedge.
  39. The Nuts And Bolts Of Tool Making

    May 23, 2007
    The tool business is a good business to be in right now. Here are three companies with a grip on the industry.
  40. Merck Needs Investor Relations Lesson (MRK)

    May 17, 2007
    A top Merck exec said the company isn't considering any mega mergers. Is this a case of bad IR?
  41. Berkshire For The Bourgeois (LUK)

    May 11, 2007
    Investors seeking a low-cost alternative to Berkshire Hathaway should consider Leucadia National Corporation.
  42. Bean Counter Blues (RHI)

    May 10, 2007
    Pending changes to the Sarbanes Oxley Act will ease corporate reporting requirements and hurt demand for finance and accounting ...
  43. Buyout Or Not, Wendy's A Good Deal (WEN)

    May 2, 2007
    Billionaire Nelson Peltz is interested in Wendy's, but the company has upside beyond a simple buyout.
  44. Up on Amgen (AMGN)

    April 30, 2007
    Amgen shares are in a rut, and that could signal opportunity for investors.
  45. Cleaning Up With Clorox (CLX)

    April 27, 2007
    Widening margins and rapid debt reduction should make Clorox a long-term winner.
  46. The Cola Wars Continue (KO, PEP)

    April 24, 2007
    Coca-Cola's strong earnings results could mean good things are in store for PepsiCo shareholders as well.
  47. Kick The Tires (GPI, AN, SAH)

    April 24, 2007
    Selling cars involves more than a slick smile and a cheesy moustache. We glimpse the inner workings of three mega-dealers. ...
  48. Piping In Profits (ETP, EPE, KMP)

    April 24, 2007
    You can explore and drill all you want, but to get oil and gas to the consumer we need companies like these three.
  49. Johnson & Johnson Blows Away Q1 (JNJ)

    April 20, 2007
    J&J beat its Q1 consensus number with ease, so where is the stock is headed from here?
  50. Getting A Leg Up On The Market (LEG)

    April 20, 2007
    Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt has an enviable record of persistent and profitable growth.
  51. Locking On (ATK, BA, UTX)

    April 17, 2007
    A trio of defense contractors that are leading military one-up-manship into the 21st century.
  52. Why You Should Never Chase a Stock

    April 16, 2007
    With the massive move in Dendreon over the past few days, you may be tempted to chase the stock; here's why you shouldn't. ...
  53. Tying The Knot (KNOT)

    April 12, 2007
    Can a niche player web portal like "The Knot" outperform its bigger peers like Google and Yahoo?
  54. 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.
  55. Wired (KO, PEP, SBUX)

    April 5, 2007
    The results of status quo and stagnation vs. anticipation and innovation at Coke and Pepsi. What is Starbucks to do?
  56. Riding High Once Again (RL)

    March 27, 2007
    Is the quality of Polo Ralph Lauren stock as good as the clothes that the company makes? A brief look in Polo Ralph Lauren ...
  57. 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.
  58. Private Equity Fodder? (ROL, SMG, ABM)

    March 22, 2007
    Rollins, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and AMB Industries appear to have what private equity is seeking.
  59. Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers (BGG)

    March 21, 2007
    There is value to be had in the world’s largest manufacturer of lawnmower and garden equipment engines.
  60. Generic Manufacturers Go After Big Pharma

    March 14, 2007
    Generic drug manufacturers continue pose a potent threat to the established "big pharma" companies.
  61. Lending Support (WFC)

    March 1, 2007
    Are concerns regarding Wells Fargo's sub-prime mortgage exposure overdone?
  62. You Gotta Know When To Bail

    February 22, 2007
    When your stock's prospects take a turn for the worse, bailing out can be the best possible option.
  63. Starbucks Set To Pick Up (SBUX)

    February 20, 2007
    With strong growth prospects in the mix, SBUX shares look like a good bargain at current prices.
  64. Margins Matter (MCD, WEN, BKC)

    February 15, 2007
    Just how important are margins on your stocks' prices?
  65. Plantronics Still A Bad Call (PLT)

    February 8, 2007
    Despite a sunken share price, PLT's risky future prospects make it a stock to steer clear from.
  66. P/E Ratios Still Matter

    February 1, 2007
    High P/E stocks are almost always more glamorous than their low P/E counterparts, but are they more profitable?
  67. Paying Steep CEO Salaries For Flat Share Price Performance

    January 22, 2007
    Are the lucrative pay packages of today's prominent executives really worth the high price tag?
  68. 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.
  69. Will Merrill's Bleeding Stop At $15 Billion? (MER)

    January 14, 2007
    If news of the increased Merrill Lynch write down is correct, the financials still need time to sift through the subprime ...
  70. Bristol-Myers Hurt By Plavix, Saved By Demographics (BMY)

    November 16, 2006
    Despite BMY's recent struggles with its Plavix sales, favorable demographics make the stock a good investment to consider. ...
  71. Boston Scientific Shaken, But Not Stirred (BSX)

    November 8, 2006
    Boston Scientific looks poised for higher per share valuations in the future.
  72. Braving The Amazon (AMZN)

    October 30, 2006
    Can Amazon slow down technology and content spending without hurting its sales growth.
  73. Netflix Not Done Yet (NFLX)

    October 30, 2006
    Sizing up the many pros and cons of NFLX.
  74. Dude, You Should Buy Dell! (DELL)

    October 27, 2006
    Despite some historic blunders, Dell could be ready to mail you more then just computers.
  75. Nike No Longer The Top Banana (NKE)

    October 3, 2006
    While Nike managed beat estimates with its recent quarterly performance, are the glory days over for the footwear mogul? ...
  76. Consolidation Looks To Be In The Cards (MRK, BMY, SGP)

    September 18, 2006
    A look into the merger possiblities of three of the drug industry's major players.
  77. Winners and Losers - September 11th - 15th (NSS, EMBT, MATK)

    September 15, 2006
    A look at the winners and losers for the week of September 11th.
  78. 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.
  79. USG Corp. Constructs A Profitable Future (USG)

    August 24, 2006
    USG Corp. settles its protracted litigation costs, and is ready to move forward.
  80. Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, MO)

    August 1, 2006
    While diversifying your portfolio may be good for maintaining wealth, concentrating your portfolio is good for building it. ...
  81. Weakness At Target A Reason For Concern (TGT)

    July 18, 2006
    With an economic slowdown in the mix, Target may feel the pinch more than investors expect.
  82. Debt Insurance Stocks Starting To Look Risky (ABK, MBI, AGO, ...

    July 18, 2006
    Spiraling state and municipal government debt loads are a concern for muni bondholders, but also pose surprise risk to equity ...
  83. Eyeball To Eyeball

    July 10, 2006
    While Nokia and Qualcomm have been standing off, neither seems ready to back down.
  84. Insider Activity Analysis

    July 7, 2006
    Insider trading activity is a good place to start your analysis.
  85. Pfizer, Pass the Rolaids

    June 12, 2006
    $15 billion for its consumer products unit won’t cure Pfizer’s ailing stock.
  86. The Latest Expansion At UPS

    May 17, 2006
    A look at UPS and its recent expansion announcement.
  87. Cisco Is Stretched

    March 29, 2006
    There are lots of things to like about Cisco. Price isn’t one of them.
  88. Time to 'Double Double' Down on Tim Hortons?

    March 24, 2006
    A look at the recent IPO of Canada's iconic quick serve restaurant chain, Tim Hortons.
  89. Roll Down The RIMM

    March 3, 2006
    Research in Motion shareholders have bigger worries than a lawsuit.
  90. The Good and Bad of Shareholder Activism

    February 13, 2006
    A look at the growing trend of shareholder activism.
  91. Semiconductors Show Strength but Watch the Valuations

    January 31, 2006
    Taking a peek inside the semiconductor industry.
  92. Nike - Out with the New in with the Old

    January 24, 2006
    A look at the recent resignation of Nike CEO William Perez.
  93. A+ or F? What Makes for a Good Value Stock Pick...

    January 17, 2006
    Trading near 20-year lows, is Ford a good value stock pick?
  94. A Hot Sector?

    December 21, 2005
    Another example of a sector that "falls between the cracks" - elearning.
  95. Taking a Closer Look at Chemical Companies

    December 6, 2005
    The chemical sector may be painted with an outdated brush there might be a lot more opportunity here than many investors ...
  96. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 2

    November 23, 2005
    In this piece we'll explore different types of economic moats.
  97. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 1

    November 15, 2005
    Part one of a two part piece on the Buffett- coined concept of "economic moat".
  98. 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. ...
  99. Taking Beverages to the Extreme

    October 14, 2005
    One of the hotest markets in the US over the last five years has been energy drinks. But can the growth continue?
  100. Our View on Stock Options

    August 11, 2005
    In this piece, David Harper wades deep into the option expensing ruling and what this really means to investors.
  101. 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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