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  1. Nash Finch Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2012
    We recently reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Nash Finch Co. (NAFC), a wholesale food distributor in the United States. ...
  2. Oil and Gas Operations Stocks Making Big Moves on June 11, 2 ...

    June 11, 2012
    The morning has been bad for the market. The Nasdaq is down 0.2%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.3%; and the Dow has slipped ...
  3. Last Month's Top Performing S&P Stocks

    June 8, 2012
    Here are some highlights of the four best performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the last 30 days.
  4. Stocks That Keep You Looking Good

    June 6, 2012
    As baby boomers spend more of their disposable income to look younger and healthier, these companies will stand to profit. ...
  5. Bank On Your Pets

    June 3, 2012
    Even during a downturn people can't help but spoil their pets.
  6. The Fresh Market Needs To Be Whole Foods 2.0

    June 1, 2012
    The Fresh Market is posting great growth, as revenue rose nearly 23% this quarter and comp-store sales rose more than 8%, ...
  7. Warren Buffett Picks To Coattail

    June 1, 2012
    We take a peek at some of Berkshire Hathaway's top holdings to see what Warren Buffett sees.
  8. Invest In Consumer Staples

    June 1, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  9. No Hurry On Staples

    May 29, 2012
    Though Staples competes with very successful rivals online, and goes up against weaker rivals in the physical store realm, ...
  10. Costco Living Up To Some High Expectations

    May 28, 2012
    While Costco may well find it harder to squeeze more efficiencies from an already highly efficient system, the international ...
  11. Now It's Lowe's Turn To Play Catch Up

    May 24, 2012
    Lowe's is lagging after a disappointing quarter, but the stock looks about 25% undervalued if the company can grow its free ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. For Autodesk, Growth Is Weighing On Value

    May 23, 2012
    Autodesk doesn't get much respect for the quality of its earnings.
  14. 3 Less Obvious Reasons To Own Tractor Supply

    May 23, 2012
    Tractor Supply is near an all-time high. We provide three less obvious reasons to own its stock.
  15. Have Misdeeds Opened A Window For Walmart?

    May 23, 2012
    Walmart continues to show respectible growth, but the valuation isn't all that interesting.
  16. Staples Seems Stuck

    May 22, 2012
    Staples is stuck in an oversaturated North American market that just isn't likely to grow fast enough, while the ongoing ...
  17. Target Needs More Than "Upscale Discounting"

    May 18, 2012
    Target is doing alright, but the shopping environment is not healthy.
  18. Time To Rotate Back Into Consumer Staples

    May 17, 2012
    The Consumer staples sector is the place to invest if the risk-on trade continues to unwind. XLP is the largest ETF of this ...
  19. Poor Margins Go To Chiquita's Core

    May 10, 2012
    Chiquita has been a stock that has rewarded purchases made in the worst of times, and with the stock carving out some new ...
  20. Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. - Value

    May 9, 2012
    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (CLMT) has the crack spread in its favor. This Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is expected ...
  21. American Tower Beats, Lifts Outlook - Analyst Blog

    May 3, 2012
    American Tower Beats, Lifts Outlook - Analyst Blog
  22. Build Diversity Through Beta

    May 2, 2012
    In conjunction with stock valuation ratios like the price-to-earnings ratio and the price-to-earnings-growth ratio, a stock's ...
  23. Radian Group Reports Loss - Analyst Blog

    May 2, 2012
    Radian Group Reports Loss - Analyst Blog
  24. Wal-Mart cleared for South Africa Takeover

    May 1, 2012
    Wal-Mart cleared for South Africa Takeover
  25. Rockin' REITs

    May 1, 2012
    Rockin' REITs
  26. Rebuilding Japan

    April 30, 2012
    There are numerous ways to play the eventual recovery in Japan. Betting on infrastructure is a very fundamental way to do ...
  27. 6 Stocks With Dividends And Growth

    April 30, 2012
    Growth and dividends don't have to be an either/or choice.
  28. Can Helen Of Troy Be Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts?

    April 30, 2012
    Helen Of Troy needs to show better leverage for the growth-by-acquisition strategy to add value.
  29. Towers Of Power

    April 30, 2012
    As mobile data usage continues to grow globally, the tower owners and operators look like a great place to be. Functioning ...
  30. Green Dot Flashing Yellow

    April 30, 2012
    On the whole, Green Dot's first quarter numbers looked reasonably good. Green Dot has the growth, but Wall Street isn't buying ...
  31. Seneca Foods: Why Vegetables Are Good For You

    April 27, 2012
    Seneca is the largest processor of fruits and vegetables in the U.S. It's not a glamorous business, but it more than pays ...
  32. Amazon's Earnings Don't Justify Price

    April 27, 2012
    Amazon will have to continue delivering the goods, but more importantly, start showing improving profitability margins. Otherwise, ...
  33. 5 Easy Ways to Cash In on US Dividends

    April 26, 2012
    If you’re outside the US looking in, there are important pros and cons to adding exchange traded funds from America to your ...
  34. Zions Bancorp - Ignore Today In Favor Of Tomorrow?

    April 25, 2012
    Zions is still struggling to get its business back on track, but the longer-term outlook is pretty solid.
  35. LabCorp Fighting Industry Headwinds

    April 24, 2012
    LabCorp is feeling pressures from large health insurers and the government, but the company remains firmly profitable and ...
  36. 4 Heavy Construction Stocks With Encouraging Trends

    April 17, 2012
    A great way to search among the companies in this sector is to take a look at the accounting trends.
  37. Retailers That Flourish During Market Pullbacks

    April 13, 2012
    This is a list of retailers that historically do well during market pullbacks. These retailers will likely continue to outperform ...
  38. Growth Stocks With Moderate Risk

    April 11, 2012
    With the shaky comeback happening in the markets, it's important to stick to a simple philosophy to generate returns.
  39. High-Growth Small Caps With Short, Bullish Trends

    April 10, 2012
    We screened for small-cap stocks, with market caps below $1 billion. We then screened these names for those with high growth, ...
  40. McCormick Looking Overcooked

    April 2, 2012
    McCormick looks expensive at the earnings multiple, but does have a very solid track record of leveraging mid-single-digit ...
  41. Cymer Still A Leading Light

    March 30, 2012
    Normally large market share would sound like a golden ticket for shareholder returns. It's not so simple when it involves ...
  42. 4 Stocks The Charts Say Buy

    March 30, 2012
    Four stocks that have technical buy setups.
  43. Ways To Play Electronics Retailers

    March 30, 2012
    The electronics space will remain popular among consumers, and many believe that the recovering economy makes the space increasingly ...
  44. Post Cereal Worth Holding

    March 30, 2012
    Post is just getting going on its own, but could be an interesting investing story as spinoffs generally have a solid performance ...
  45. China's Booming E-Commerce Market

    March 29, 2012
    China’s rapidly growing consumer story is spreading to its e-commerce sector as well. Given the nation’s huge population ...
  46. Infrastructure In India

    March 29, 2012
    India represents much opportunity. However, until it gets its infrastructure in order, that potential will be muted.
  47. Teradata On A Tear

    March 28, 2012
    Teradata is delivering torrid growth. But it's going to have to grow its free cash flow at an average clip of 15% or better ...
  48. The Dangers of Being a Domestic Man

    March 24, 2012
    The world is changing, and the faster Americans understand what it takes to survive in this newly developing world, the better, ...
  49. 5 Steps for Finding the Next Winning Stock

    March 23, 2012
    This clear, five-step process, which combines volume and chart analysis, has proven highly effective in identifying stocks ...
  50. Swap Income For Growth With Cato Corp.

    March 23, 2012
    Cato's doesn't grow rapidly but its stock does offer an appealing dividend yield.
  51. Dividend Ideas: Highly Profitable Dividend Stocks With Strong ...

    March 21, 2012
    Do you prefer stocks that pay part of their return in dividend income? We ran a screen on dividend-paying names.
  52. Dull Companies With Exciting Cash Flows

    March 15, 2012
    Solid cash flow producing companies tend to have solid performing share prices over the course of time.
  53. Zhongpin Takes Investors To The Abattoir

    March 15, 2012
    Zhongpin disappointed investors with lower volumes and weak margins.
  54. Iconix Brand Group Goes Global

    March 12, 2012
    Iconix continues its profitable growth and international expansion leads the way.
  55. The Apple Blues: Retailers Really Want A Competitive Android ...

    March 12, 2012
    For retailers, the profit margins on Apple products are thinner than Android phones.
  56. A Look At The Baby Berkshires

    March 9, 2012
    Using value investing principals, Warren Buffet has turned Berkshire Hathaway into a model of success and made his shareholders ...
  57. Esterline Tech's Primary Growth Avenues

    March 7, 2012
    Esterline's future growth trends are likely to be much more challenging.
  58. Growth And Income From These Stocks

    March 1, 2012
    It's almost always a combination of dividends and stock price appreciation that creates the greatest shareholder returns. ...
  59. Ways To Play Electronics Retailers

    February 28, 2012
    The electronics space will remain popular among consumers, and many believe that the recovering economy makes the space increasingly ...
  60. Molycorp Setting Up A Second Chance

    February 28, 2012
    Plunging REO prices have hurt, but not crippled, Molycorp.
  61. Hanesbrands May Soon Start Stretching Out Its Free Cash Flow

    February 28, 2012
    HaneBrands' free cash flow improvement could drive a higher stock price.
  62. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    February 28, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  63. Wal-Mart Laboring From Its Size

    February 24, 2012
    Wal-Mart announced financial results on Feb. 21. Sales growth was robust, but cash flow trends were discouraging.
  64. Wal-Mart Rolls On

    February 24, 2012
    Wal-Mart executes again.
  65. Put Relative Strength on Your Side

    February 22, 2012
    LBR Group’s Linda Raschke discusses some of the methods she uses to pinpoint, qualify, and trade the strongest-performing ...
  66. Hanesbrands Still A Good Fit

    February 21, 2012
    The long-term appeal of Hanesbrands' business is still there, provided management delivers on its promise to reduce debt. ...
  67. Coinstar Crushes It

    February 8, 2012
    2012 is set to be a marquee year for Coinstar thanks to strategic investments.
  68. Strength In Steel

    February 6, 2012
    The steel sector suffered in 2011, due to fears about the slowing global economy and lower Chinese demand. That said, many ...
  69. Procter & Gamble Feels The Pinch

    January 31, 2012
    U.S sales growth combined with rising input costs helped put a lid on the company's quarter.
  70. Lockheed Martin Fights For Earnings Growth

    January 31, 2012
    Lockheed's low valuation suggests its downside is limited, and that patient investors who can sit through the defense spending ...
  71. Big Buys In Share Buybacks

    January 27, 2012
    Record corporate profits and super low interest rates are resulting in a shrinking market environment and a rise in share ...
  72. Which Companies Spend The Most On Lobbying?

    January 27, 2012
    Find out which companies spend the most on gaining influence over government officials.
  73. PNC Delivers A Surprisingly Average Quarter

    January 20, 2012
    PNC has been a leader among banks, but delivered a more average performance this quarter.
  74. Further Upside Potential For U.S. Bancorp

    January 20, 2012
    U.S. Bancorp has recovered from the credit crisis and could see some organic growth and an increased demand for shares in ...
  75. M&T Bank Looking Like A Diesel

    January 19, 2012
    M&T needs more time to rebuild what was once a top-notch banking franchise.
  76. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

    January 17, 2012
    Zhongpin is risky for many reasons, but potentially a big winner.
  77. The Market May Have Already Given Steel Dynamics Its Due

    January 13, 2012
    Steel Dynamics has rebounded sharply but remains a quality name.
  78. Can Best Buy Find A Relevant Model?

    January 12, 2012
    Best Buy isn't doomed, but the future will be different.
  79. How Long Will The Dividend Stock Craze Last?

    January 11, 2012
    2011 saw some stocks yield surprisingly high dividends, but should you wait before investing in these companies?
  80. Insider Buying Alert: Insiders Think These Stocks Will Blow Away ...

    January 10, 2012
    Analysts love to see companies with a lot of insiders snapping up stock.
  81. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    January 10, 2012
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  82. Build Diversity Through Beta

    January 9, 2012
    In conjunction with stock valuation ratios like the price-to-earnings ratio and the price-to-earnings-growth ratio, a stock's ...
  83. Specialty REITs Show Outperformance

    December 29, 2011
    Real estate firms operating outside the norm are performing best. For investors, specialty REITs could be the key to real ...
  84. Sears Continues To Struggle

    December 29, 2011
    Sears is struggling this holiday season, but there is some hope for the company in the form of majority investor Eddie Lampert. ...
  85. Ride This ETF's Momentum Into 2012 And Beyond

    December 23, 2011
    The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index ETF had a strong 2011 and is likely to carry this momentum into 2012 and beyond. ...
  86. Winn-Dixie Gets An Early Gift

    December 23, 2011
    Winn-Dixie gets a sizable premium to sell out.
  87. Heavy Construction Stocks To Watch In 2012

    December 22, 2011
    As more dollars are spent globally on infrastructure, the heavy construction sector could see outperformance once again. ...
  88. 4 Discount Retailers Ready For An Uncertain Future

    December 19, 2011
    These four discount retailers that should outperform in good and bad markets.
  89. IBM Shows Its Demand For Analytics

    December 12, 2011
    IBM makes a logical tuck-in acquisition.
  90. Downside Risk For Costco Investors

    December 12, 2011
    A lofty valuation leaves downside risk for Costco investors.
  91. Nathan's Famous Goes Dutch

    December 9, 2011
    The well known maker of hot dogs is buying up to 500,000 shares of its stock in a dutch auction at prices between $20-$22. ...
  92. 5 Stocks For a Stable, Dividend Portfolio

    December 1, 2011
    Five stocks with dividend yields above 2.5% and trade with low volatility.
  93. The Fresh Market Is A Breath Of Fresh Growth

    December 1, 2011
    The Fresh Market is a legit growth concept, but an expensive one.
  94. ETF's For Income

    November 28, 2011
    ETFs provide a way for investors to earn above-average rates of return without the risk tied to investing in one company. ...
  95. Solid Dividend-Paying Companies

    November 25, 2011
    If you are looking to add dividends to your portfolio, don't miss these stocks.
  96. Will Retail See A Green Friday?

    November 25, 2011
    By shorting the sector and going long on some of the better retailers, investors can profit from whatever the season may ...
  97. Canadians, Look Before You Leap South

    November 22, 2011
    Before painting their portfolios red, white, and blue, Canadian income investors need to understand the drawbacks of playing ...
  98. Unmatched Consistency From TJ Maxx

    November 21, 2011
    TJX's stock still has plenty of appeal going forward.
  99. Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    November 16, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  100. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  101. 3 Not So Obvious Reasons To Own Berkshire Hathaway

    November 10, 2011
    Berkshire Hathaway, despite its critics, has plenty of untapped potential.
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