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  1. 3 Absolute Must-Own Dividend Aristocrats

    March 11, 2014
    For investors that count on dividend payments to cover their living expenses, the prospect of a dividend cut can create real ...
  2. Ten Money Managers Worth Following

    December 23, 2013
    Generally speaking, most retail investors along with the media outlets tend to closely follow the moves of well-known investors ...
  3. 14 Companies That Have Raised Their Dividends For 50 Years Or ...

    September 10, 2013
    Imagine if you had bought these stocks 20 years ago.If you had, then right now you'd be earning dividend yields of... ...
  4. Awaiting Jackson Hole News - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 21, 2013
    Let's look for something interesting to come out of the Fed conference -- please! Anything!
  5. Home Depot Moves From Good To Great

    August 20, 2013
    Home Depot continues to see a strong tailwind of improving renovation/remodeling demand
  6. Briggs & Stratton's Ethanol-free Fuel - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2013
    Briggs & Stratton has introduced Ethanol-free Fuel to promote good engine health.
  7. Lowe's to Buy Orchard, Seeks Expansion - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2013
    Lowe's entered into an agreement with Orchard to buy the majority assets of the latter for $205 million in cash.
  8. Lumber Liquidators-A Stock Without A Ceiling?

    April 26, 2013
    Flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL) reported strong earnings April 24. By every financial metric it was a big ...
  9. UFPI's 4Q Lags Estimate - Analyst Blog

    February 14, 2013
    Universal Forest Products Inc's (UFPI) fourth quarter 2012 financial results were disappointing as the company reported a ...
  10. Beacon Roofing Misses Estimates - Analyst Blog

    February 12, 2013
    Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (BECN) reported first-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 37 cents, down 5% from ...
  11. Stock Market News for January 29, 2013 - Market News

    January 29, 2013
    Discouraging home sales data overshadowed better-than-expected reports on durable orders, dragging the S&P 500 and the Dow ...
  12. Will Housing Recovery Spur Job Growth? - Analyst Blog

    January 24, 2013
    The labor market is not doing well and the unemployment rate is hovering around 7.8%. In such a scenario, the recovery in ...
  13. Construction on a Tear - Zacks Industry Rank Analysis

    January 9, 2013
    Construction Jobs on the Rise What did I find most encouraging about the December ADP private payroll and Federal government ...
  14. Stock Market News for January 9, 2013 - Market News

    January 9, 2013
    Benchmarks closed in the red for the second consecutive day as investor concerns about fourth-quarter earnings once again ...
  15. Stock Market News for January 2, 2013 - Market News

    January 2, 2013
    Benchmarks ended 2012 on a high note as U.S lawmakers were very close to sealing a deal on the Fiscal Cliff issue. Stocks ...
  16. Will December Mirror November Sales? - Analyst Blog

    December 14, 2012
    November retail sales data are out amid an economy which has been exposed to a number of mixed events. On one hand, the Labor ...
  17. Stock Market News for November 21, 2012 - Market News

    November 21, 2012
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's statement that the central bank does not have tools to combat the impending "fiscal ...
  18. Fitch Upgrades DDR's Rating - Analyst Blog

    November 20, 2012
    Fitch Ratings, the global credit rating firm, has recently upgraded the rating outlook of DDR Corp. (DDR), a real estate ...
  19. Services Stocks, Including Amazon.com, Making Big Moves on November ...

    November 19, 2012
    The market is doing well so far today. The Nasdaq is up 1.7%; the S&P 500 has climbed 1.5%; and the Dow has moved up 1.3%. ...
  20. The Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) Explained - ETF News And Commentary

    November 2, 2012
    With markets struggling as of late, some investors are taking more of a value approach as we close out the year. One way ...
  21. Stock Market News for November 1, 2012 - Market News

    November 1, 2012
    It was business as usual for markets on Wednesday following two days of closure due to Hurricane Sandy and it ended almost ...
  22. Stock Market News for October 31, 2012 - Market News

    October 31, 2012
    Markets remained closed for the second-straight day as hurricane Sandy threatened to affect 60 million lives. While many ...
  23. Ahead of Wall Street - Oct. 31. 2012 - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 31, 2012
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Trading resumes after two days of weather related disruptions, but market behavior is unlikely ...
  24. Stock Market News for October 30, 2012 - Market News

    October 30, 2012
    Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the U.S., forced the Street to shut operations on Monday. While the storm ...
  25. These Companies Have Raised Their Dividends for 50 Consecutive ...

    October 18, 2012
    Imagine if you had bought these stocks 20 years ago. If you had, then right now you'd be earning dividend yields of... 27%... ...
  26. Home Depot Continues To Ride A Stop-Start Recovery

    August 16, 2012
    Home Depot's growth suggests a real housing rebound is upon us, and as long as the company continues to exceed expectations, ...
  27. Bullish on Central Garden & Pet - Analyst Blog

    August 13, 2012
    Buoyed by impressive third-quarter 2012 results and strategies undertaken to reposition itself in an economy that is witnessing ...
  28. Whirlpool Downgraded to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 11, 2012
    We are downgrading our long-term recommendation on Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) to Neutral. The company might face significant ...
  29. hhgregg's Struggles Suggest Best Buy Could Be In Big Trouble

    July 11, 2012
    hhgreg's service-oriented business model may just not be practical in the current retail world, which also suggests that ...
  30. Mother Nature Sends Scotts Tumbling

    June 15, 2012
    Scotts' plans to fall short of its full-year financial goals.
  31. Favorite Retail Stocks

    June 8, 2012
    With U.S. consumer spending continuing to post gains, these retail stocks could be big winners, if the trend continues.
  32. Quanex Is Going To Take Some Time

    June 5, 2012
    Quanex holds the share, but the housing market is still asleep.
  33. The Window For Sears Holdings Seems To Be Closing Fast

    May 23, 2012
    Although Eddie Lampert's team is working hard to fix what ails Sears Holdings, it is increasingly looking like an uphill ...
  34. Earnings Preview: BBY, LOW, COST, DELL

    May 21, 2012
    The summer doldrums aren't quite here yet and it's become more apparent with each passing day that global equity markets ...
  35. Has Home Depot Already Had Its Recovery?

    May 17, 2012
    Business has gotten better at Home Depot, but everyone thought it would.
  36. American Woodmark's Slowly Getting Its Act Together

    May 9, 2012
    American Woodmark last made a profit four years ago. Slowly, however, it appears as if things are getting better.
  37. The Future the Market Sees

    April 14, 2012
    Investors are betting most heavily and consistently on a US housing and consumer spending recovery, writes MoneyShow.com ...
  38. Should Apple Become a Dividend Payer?

    February 16, 2012
    In part one of Moneyshow.com’s interview with fund manager and advisor Oliver Pursche, he discussed how his firm, Gary ...
  39. Sherwin Williams Paints Pretty Picture

    January 9, 2012
    Housing plays are on the rise, including the venerable paint supplier and a faucet maker backed by a top hedge-fund manager, ...
  40. 2011 Look At Homebuilders

    December 27, 2011
    2011 was another unpleasant year for homebuilding stocks, as they responded negatively to the lack of real estate activity.
  41. Toro Not Exactly A Charging Bull

    December 6, 2011
    Toro's stock looks like a very good hold, but not such a compelling buy.
  42. Scotts Looking Forward To A Cleaner Year

    November 21, 2011
    Scotts possesses a market-leading lawn and garden care products and lawn service business.
  43. Retailers Closing Despite Record Retail Sales

    October 24, 2011
    Retailing is good again, but not for every sector.
  44. Contrarian Stocks to Watch

    October 18, 2011
    A contrarian bet can have a substantial payoff. Here are some stocks worth a little risk.
  45. RPM Still Rolling Ahead

    October 5, 2011
    RPM has done surprisingly well in a very tough market.
  46. Are Buybacks A Bad Sign?

    August 24, 2011
    Investors celebrate buybacks, but there is a cost to every decision.
  47. Scotts’ Growth Is No Miracle

    August 11, 2011
    Scotts Miracle-Gro has a reasonable stock valuation and market-leading position in the lawn and garden care market.
  48. Plum Creek Timber Is Still A Little Warped

    August 1, 2011
    Plum Creek is getting by, but there's no imminent reason to buy it.
  49. Acuity Shines A Little Brighter

    July 1, 2011
    Acuity is a bright spot in a dim lighting market.
  50. Signs Of Dry Rot In The Building Market

    June 28, 2011
    A bad housing market continues to ripple through the industry.
  51. Toll Brothers Shows Not All Housing Is Terrible

    June 1, 2011
    Toll Brothers is seeing rebounding orders, but this is not a widespread housing recovery.
  52. Saks Benefits From Luxury Surge

    May 19, 2011
    While other retailers have struggled, Saks has capitalized on the good fortunes of its affluent customers.
  53. Is Fastenal Moving Too Fast?

    April 18, 2011
    So far, Fastenal has not disappointed investors. Find out whether this upward trend can continue.
  54. Home Depot Pulls Ahead Of Lowe's

    February 28, 2011
    Home Depot has pulled back into the lead in the battle between the two big-box home improvement stores.
  55. Home Depot's Q4 Shows Improvement

    February 24, 2011
    The housing market is still under siege, but Home Depot managed to improve on last year's dismal results.
  56. 5 Important Earnings Announcements For February 23

    February 22, 2011
    Earnings reports are significant events for every stock. Here are 5 earnings announcement for February 23 to check out.
  57. Nordstrom Shows Luxury Retailers Lead The Way

    November 17, 2010
    Luxury retailer Nordstrom fashioned a strong third quarter, but its outlook for the rest of the year was greeted poorly by ...
  58. Industries Where Fortunes Rise As The Snow Falls

    November 2, 2010
    Not everyone bemoans the snowy season. Find out how these companies pull profits from wicked winters.
  59. 5 Stock Sectors To Hold If The Market Crashes

    September 2, 2010
    Equities can seem scary when the economy is volatile, but these holdings can be profitable in the long run.
  60. Home Depot's Home Improvement

    August 19, 2010
    Home Depot continues to execute well on its strategy of improving operating efficiency.
  61. Masco Controls What It Can

    July 29, 2010
    Masco has no choice but to bide its time until the sales and demand climate improves.
  62. Fastenal Nailing Too Fast?

    July 19, 2010
    Fastenal's quarter continues the company's wonderful long-term financial record. But is it a good buy today?
  63. Lights Out At Acuity Brands

    July 5, 2010
    Acuity Brands is still struggling along with its residential and commercial construction customer base.
  64. The Most Important Investing Lesson Of All

    June 30, 2010
    Every investment decision should be thought of in a businesslike manner. Doing so forces you not only to think about the ...
  65. A Nifty Little Retailer

    June 21, 2010
    Tractor Supply is a developing specialty retailer, and has a tremendous growth footprint in its future.
  66. Retail's Canadian Expansion

    June 9, 2010
    Canada is a land of opportunity for smart U.S. retailers.
  67. Indulge With Domestic Retailers

    June 2, 2010
    Chains that sell home related products are in a good position as consumers begin spending again.
  68. Jo-Ann Stores Doubles Earnings

    May 31, 2010
    Jo-Ann Stores continues to be positioned in a great way, with a near-monopoly in its inudstry.
  69. Sears Blue Crew's Blue Quarter

    May 27, 2010
    Giant retailer Sears has been attempting to comeback for a few years now. Its first-quarter earnings saw it stumble.
  70. Unwrapping The Home-Improvement Big Boxes

    May 20, 2010
    Putting the two giant home improvement stores head-to-head highlights some interesting differences.
  71. Make Way For Energy-Efficient Buildings

    May 12, 2010
    While the current Cash for Caulkers bill on the table pales in comparison to original proposal, it still represents a great ...
  72. Is There Any Value Left In Retail?

    March 30, 2010
    With more than half of the retail companies in the S&P trading right around their 52-week highs, is there any value left ...
  73. Companies Poised To Profit From The Rebound

    March 17, 2010
    In this piece I discuss companies that can profit from the domestic economic rebound and discuss BBBY's upcoming quarterly ...
  74. Home Depot Gets The House In Order

    February 25, 2010
    Although the weaker real estate environment continues to cause uncertainty for HD, being the biggest certainly has it advantages.
  75. Paint Stocks Will Rise With Housing

    January 29, 2010
    As the housing market improves, paint manufacturers will help drive these retailers to better earnings.
  76. Sherwin Williams Pretty As A Picture Ahead Of Earnings

    December 23, 2009
    Sherwin Williams' earnings beats are a splash of color in a very dour economy.
  77. A "Cash For Caulkers" Portfolio

    December 21, 2009
    Stocks that might profit from a "Cash For Caulkers" stimulus plan.
  78. Monopoly-Like Companies

    December 14, 2009
    We might not have monopolies, but some businesses operate in industries where a couple of businesses essentially dominate.
  79. AutoZone Still Strong

    December 10, 2009
    AutoZone clearly illustrates the difference excellent management can make in a company's long-term performance.
  80. No Surprises At Home Depot

    November 19, 2009
    As the economy improves, HD's profits will improve and free cash flow will surge as a result of the declining capital expenditures.
  81. Hop On The Hog

    October 7, 2009
    Harley Davidson's position isn't promising enough in the short-term to make any significant moves.
  82. A Long-Term Play On The Horizon

    October 1, 2009
    This long-term play is not for the timid investor - but could have a huge payoff down the road.
  83. A Fundamentals Darling

    September 10, 2009
    Simpson Manufacturing has the fundamentals in place to make it a long-term winner.
  84. Time To Shop Sears?

    August 25, 2009
    Sears's latest quarterly earnings aren't impressing just yet.
  85. Home Depot Strengthens Its Foundation

    June 15, 2009
    As we begin to recover within the economy, companies like Home Depot could see huge growth.
  86. Falling Deere Earnings Suggest Economy Still Bruised

    May 22, 2009
    Deere reported falling profit and revenue, a sure sign that the recession is ongoing but not permanent.
  87. Book Value Bargains Or Laggards?

    April 22, 2009
    A look at companies trading at a low multiple of book, honing in on Sears.
  88. Time To Shop Retail

    April 6, 2009
    With retail stocks up over 6% this year, now's the time to buy.
  89. Companies That Are Beating Earnings Estimates

    April 2, 2009
    Companies that have exceeded earnings estimates are worthy of further research as analysts' ratings might boost stock prices.
  90. Dividend Darlings Or Dividend Disappointments?

    March 26, 2009
    Even with declining sales, Whirlpool has the stock prices and dividend yields that make it a company of interest.
  91. 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 ...
  92. Valspar Paints An Inspiring Picture For 2009

    November 26, 2008
    Valspar had a solid fourth quarter. This paint maker is oozing upside potential.
  93. Actuant A Growth Company In Training

    October 6, 2008
    The economic slowdown has hit this diversfied industrial company hard, but a sound managemnet philosophy gives hope for the ...
  94. Bed Bath & Beyond The Crisis

    September 26, 2008
    Bed Bath & Beyond reported a good quarter despite the dismal retail climate.
  95. Craftmade Builds A Basement

    September 17, 2008
    Micro-cap Craftmade traded at $27 in 2004; now its trading at $3. We look at whether it has finally bottomed.
  96. GameStop's New COO Levels Up

    September 8, 2008
    J. Paul Raines has jumped from floundering Home Depot to a COO position at one of the best-performing retailers going.
  97. Consumer Contagion Spreads To Home Depot

    August 21, 2008
    Home Depot blamed the latest weak quarter on equally weak consumer spending. Retailers are wilting under a declining economy ...
  98. Welcome Back, Tractor Supply Company

    July 25, 2008
    Two years ago this farm supply retailer could do no wrong. Economic pressures put the brakes on the growth, but now sales ...
  99. Five Stocks For Barbecue Season

    June 26, 2008
    Add some sizzle to your portfolio this summer. We examine five stocks that should to well as thoughts turn to the grill.
  100. Sears Shows Its Softer Side In Q1

    June 3, 2008
    Revenue and sales both dropped during the latest quarter, and a withering cash position is leaving investors with little ...
  101. Great Service? Great Investment

    May 20, 2008
    We examine 15 customer service leaders. $75,000 split among them five years ago, would be worth nearly $160,000 today, $34, ...
  102. Home Depot Digging A Basement

    April 10, 2008
    Many hoped Home Depot had finally bottomed, but its forecast for 2008 and valuation point to further losses before the stock ...
  103. Ethan Allen's Q2 Worth A Second Look (ETH)

    January 25, 2008
    The company's solid numbers were overshadowed by a 600 point swing in the Dow. Now it's time to take another peek.
  104. Sears Shows A Softer Side (SHLD)

    January 18, 2008
    Sear's sluggish same-store sales might put this stock's price into hibernation.
  105. December Q&A Encore

    December 10, 2007
    Questions include: Which companies could be headed to bankruptcy, and why should you avoid airline stocks?
  106. Five Stocks To Watch On Black Friday

    November 23, 2007
    Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and the sale can make or break a quarter. Here's five stocks ...
  107. More Market Q and A

    October 11, 2007
    We provide answers to five common market questions from the past week.
  108. Bed Bath & Beyond Pours A Tepid Q2 (BBBY)

    October 3, 2007
    With rivals struggling and lukewarm earnings of its own, is there any long-term upside for Bed Bath & Beyond?
  109. Black & Decker: Mediocre And Proud Of It (BDK)

    September 17, 2007
    The tool maker confirmed its Q3 and full-year guidance, but affirming weak numbers isn't necessarily a good thing.
  110. Five Bullish Credit Crunch Plays

    August 29, 2007
    We examine five stocks that have taken a beating but could be set for a long-term comeback.
  111. Time To Snap Out Of Snap-On? (SNA)

    August 23, 2007
    The tool maker is coming off a solid second quarter. Is it time for investors to take profits off the table?
  112. Home Depot's Expectations Get Hammered (HD)

    July 17, 2007
    The company blames sluggish home sales for the poor results. Things appear grim, but there could still be an upside.
  113. Sears Slashes Earnings Expectations (SHLD)

    July 11, 2007
    Sears recently lowered its Q2 guidance dramatically, and the worst may still be left to come.
  114. Home Depot Set For Cash Injection (HD)

    June 20, 2007
    The hardware chain could be selling off its wholesale construction business for a much needed $10 billion.
  115. Short Sellers Bet Against Simpson (SSD)

    May 24, 2007
    Simpson is part of the building industry, but its stock is doing better than most. The Short sellers say this won't last.
  116. Not Too Fond Of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY)

    April 16, 2007
    Bed Bath & Beyond just released Q4 numbers -- so now where is the stock headed?
  117. Sabre Provides Insight into What PE Firms Look For (TSG)

    April 2, 2007
    Sabre, the well-known travel firm, has accepted a buyout offer from two private equity firms.
  118. 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.
  119. The Advantages of Going Private

    March 6, 2007
    A look inside the advantages of private equity deals, and what stocks may be prime targets for PE firms going forward.
  120. Guard Your Portfolio Against the Possibility of War in Iran

    February 23, 2007
    Nobody wants a war in Iran, but investors need to protect their portfolios in case the worst case scenario does occur.
  121. Peering Into Pier 1 Imports (PIR)

    September 7, 2006
    Pier 1 presents a value investing opportunity as it struggles to remake itself.
  122. Chips Not Cheap Yet (INTC, AMD)

    August 14, 2006
    Intel and AMD battle it out in the chip-set arena.
  123. 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.
  124. Fill Your Portfolio's Prescription For Growth With Walgreen and ...

    July 17, 2006
    Are these two drug companies going to keep experiencing their recently strong rates of growth?
  125. Home Depot's Online Renovation

    April 26, 2006
    With its recent upgrades, Home Depot may have what it takes to enhance your portfolio.
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