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  1. VF Corp Could Return To Acquisition Mode

    September 1, 2010
    Management could likely pick up the pace on acquisitions, such as for True Religion or Joe's Jeans, to further augment organic ...
  2. Looking For Safer Stocks? Check Your Pantry

    August 25, 2010
    If the economy takes another dip, consumer staples can provide strong-and-steady growth to any portfolio.
  3. 3 Country-Specific ETFs To Avoid

    August 24, 2010
    ETFs allow investors access to global markets, but that doesn't mean these ETFs are worth investing in.
  4. 4 Reasons 'Made In The U.S.A.' Wins

    August 24, 2010
    Recent articles about rising Chinese wages and implementing wage-equalization import taxes has me thinking "Made in the U.S.A." ...
  5. Bets For A Strong Germany

    August 18, 2010
    As one of the top exporters of capital and industrial goods, Germany should be on investors' radars. Here's how to play it. ...
  6. Advance Auto Parts Continues A Winning Formula

    August 16, 2010
    In a sketchy retail environment, Advance Auto keeps finding paths to profitable growth
  7. The Best Bang For Your Buck In Apparel

    August 13, 2010
    True Religion's recent drop might just make it the best buy in apparel.
  8. Going Global For Consumer Stocks

    August 9, 2010
    With worries about the health of the U.S. economy still persisting, the American consumer has kept his thrifty ways.
  9. Playing Big Pharma With CROs

    July 6, 2010
    Investors looking to play the growth in R&D spending for human drugs should consider CROs.
  10. Stocks That Make You GARP

    June 30, 2010
    When looking at GARP-type companies, it's important to have realistic growth expectations.
  11. Strength And Value In Technology

    June 23, 2010
    The technology sector has been the leader in 2010, and there are still value plays among the top performers.
  12. The Future of Stem Cells

    June 15, 2010
    Stem cells get a lot of attention, but maybe not in the one area where they could prove most effective.
  13. Pep Boys Fails To Impress (PBY, AZO, AAP, ORLY, PRTS)

    June 15, 2010
    Pep Boys turned in modest Q1 earnings results, which didn't impress the market. The stock is languishing due to the dominance ...
  14. Retail's Canadian Expansion

    June 9, 2010
    Canada is a land of opportunity for smart U.S. retailers.
  15. Auto Parts Could Rev Up Returns

    May 25, 2010
    Can new products and new markets bring returns to a sector long seen as a dog?
  16. Top Price To Book Picks

    April 21, 2010
    Book value per share is not everything, but it can help you find great stocks. Here are some top price to book leaders.
  17. Online Retail: Blogging For Profits

    March 18, 2010
    Only 44 out of the top 100 internet retailers maintain a blog. Here's why that's a mistake.
  18. Profit From Denim Consolidation

    February 16, 2010
    Keep your eye on the changing denim landscape - there's money in those jeans!
  19. The Best Stocks In The Best Sectors

    February 8, 2010
    The best-performing sectors in a market pullback will have the hottest stocks in the rebound.
  20. Retail's Magic Numbers

    November 20, 2009
    The Z-Score is a formula for predicting whether a company will go bankrupt within two years. Look at some retailer/wholesalers ...
  21. Four Interesting Minority Investments

    November 16, 2009
    Minority interests can be great investments, but you have to do a little digging to find ones worth looking at.
  22. Companies With Profitable Stock Buybacks

    October 23, 2009
    We look at five apparel companies and how well they've done buying back shares. Not all are created equal.
  23. Free Cash Flow Dynamos

    October 19, 2009
    Free cash flow yield is an excellent way to gauge a company's position.
  24. A Tale Of Two Preppies: Abercrombie and Ralph Lauren

    September 29, 2009
    Abercrombie and Polo both have impressive clothing lines, but there is a clear winner between the two.
  25. Finding Deep Value In The Meat Department

    September 18, 2009
    A deep value look at five meat products companies.
  26. 2 Plays On China's New Luxury Class

    July 22, 2009
    A few "entry level" luxury plays for China's emerging middle class.
  27. Smithfield Foods Not Hogging All The Losses

    June 25, 2009
    Smithfield Foods had a tough year, with rising feed prices along with swine flu concerns, and sees another difficult year ...
  28. 5 Companies Snapping Up Their Own Stock

    June 15, 2009
    These companies are buying back their shares. Should you be buying them as well?
  29. Watch The Short Sellers

    June 8, 2009
    The recent strong upward move in the market may have been caused by short sellers covering their positions. Investors should ...
  30. AutoZone Firing On All Cylinders

    May 13, 2009
    Autozone is a company that succeeds during a recession, as consumers would rather fix a car than buy a new one. We take a ...
  31. Licensing Pays Some Of The Bills

    May 12, 2009
    Nobody does licensing better than pure-play Iconix, but some apparel companies are making good returns off the marketing-driven ...
  32. Chico's Tops Companies With Insider Buying

    April 21, 2009
    When a company is trading near its high and has recent insider buying, it's definitely worth a closer look.
  33. Global Investing Made Easy

    April 8, 2009
    Investing in the most valuable American brands operating globally has paid dividends this decade.
  34. Auto Parts Suppliers Benefit From Growing DIY Trend

    March 5, 2009
    As new car sales remain stalled, sales of auto parts for the DIY market shift into high gear.
  35. Dirty Money: Coal Master Limited Partnerships

    January 5, 2009
    Coal producers are trading for a fraction of their 52-week highs, revealing great opportunities for investors.
  36. 5 Reasons To Avoid GSI Commerce

    December 8, 2008
    With online sales growing, you'd think an industry sales leader would be doing well. Unfortunately, that's hardly the case. ...
  37. Luxury Hotels See Massive RevPAR Declines

    November 18, 2008
    The lodging industry is hardly immune to the slowing economy, and industry experts predict the pain will continue well into ...
  38. The Bright Side Of Auto? Parts, Not Cars

    October 19, 2008
    A breakdown of the major players within retail auto parts and why this could be a good time to invest in the industry.
  39. College Dropouts Who Made It Big

    October 8, 2008
    These dreamers who couldn't wait for a college diploma built companies that are outpacing the S&P 500.
  40. Bargain Retailers Are No Bargain

    September 9, 2008
    Value-oriented stocks like Costco and Target get the good press, but investors may want to look at the numbers a little more ...
  41. Find True Religion In A World Full Of Crocs

    August 6, 2008
    There were signs of trouble at Crocs and Heelys before their declines. Learn how to tell the difference between a fad and ...
  42. Companies That Turn Dimes Into Dollars

    May 28, 2008
    Efficient use of capital can turn a mediocre company into a great one. We examine the thriftiest in the textile and personal ...
  43. Meet Teva, The Generic Giant

    May 15, 2008
    Success in generic drugs is all about high volume, low prices and global presence. Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals has all ...
  44. Luxottica Doesn't Strain To Focus

    May 5, 2008
    With its Oakley acquisition last year for $2.1 billion, Luxottica is adding to its already impressive international list ...
  45. Premium Denim Still Has Legs

    March 6, 2008
    It's no big oil, but premium denim is a profitable little business. We examine four companies still doing well with dungarees. ...
  46. Truth Or Scare? Recall Hurts Beef Producers

    February 20, 2008
    Hidden video of abuse at a slaughterhouse triggered the largest beef recall in U.S. history. Learn which meat producers could ...
  47. Jeans Hem In Lofty Earnings (TRLG, GES)

    July 26, 2007
    Designer denim has been on a tear over the last few years. Will it continue?
  48. 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 ...
  49. Generic Manufacturers Go After Big Pharma

    March 14, 2007
    Generic drug manufacturers continue pose a potent threat to the established "big pharma" companies.
  50. Banking On Better Days (OFG)

    September 14, 2006
    Oriental Financial Group is a small regional bank that continues to make money in a tough lending environment.
  51. Semiconductors Show Strength but Watch the Valuations

    January 31, 2006
    Taking a peek inside the semiconductor industry.
  52. A Hot Sector?

    December 21, 2005
    Another example of a sector that "falls between the cracks" - elearning.
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