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  1. Nike Still Winning

    June 28, 2011
    Nike continues to exploit a dominant brand and new markets.
  2. Lululemon's Growth Moots The Valuation

    June 13, 2011
    Can Lululemon keep growing fast enough to satisfy the momentum crowd?
  3. Waiting For A Clearance Sale On Ulta

    June 8, 2011
    Ulta is a great growth concept, but investors need to maintain price discipline.
  4. The Best Consumer Goods Company You've Never Heard Of

    May 23, 2011
    If you have a contrarian streak, this undervalued stock may be a great pick.
  5. Weight Watchers: Is There Still Room To Grow?

    May 11, 2011
    Weight Watchers' improved sales strategy has propelled its strong rebound, but it may already be fully valued.
  6. Wooly And T-Dawg Go Gucci

    May 2, 2011
    PPR's acquisition of Volcom follows a familiar pattern of buying once-hot brands.
  7. 3 Reasons To Get True Religion

    April 11, 2011
    Find out why this stock is poised to test its 52-week high by year's end.
  8. 7 Companies With Big Dividends

    April 5, 2011
    Learn about seven stocks that are in position to offer high-yield dividends for years to come.
  9. Higher Costs Are Climbing Up The Value Chain

    March 23, 2011
    Even premium brands are vulnerable to higher costs.
  10. How Far Can Lululemon Stretch?

    March 21, 2011
    Lululemon is an exceptional retailer with a great stock price, but the risk for LULU is that the bigger they are they harder ...
  11. 6 High P/E stocks to Consider

    March 15, 2011
    6 High Price to Earning Stocks that are worth taking a look at.
  12. Buffett Brings Lubrizol Into The Fold

    March 14, 2011
    Berkshire makes a logical, although unexpected, deal for Lubrizol.
  13. Can Chico's Be Chic Again?

    February 28, 2011
    Chico's won't impress anybody with trailing same-store sales growth of 1%, but the future looks brighter.
  14. Retail Rivals: Ascena Retail Group Vs. Urban Outfitters

    February 22, 2011
    Check out this head-to-head comparison of these retail companies and learn which stock is the better investment right now. ...
  15. 5 Consumer Staples Yielding High Dividends

    February 9, 2011
    If it's security, stability and a dividend you're after, these stocks are worth a look.
  16. Unilever: U.K.'s Go-To Company

    January 27, 2011
    Looking ahead, Unilever is in an excellent position to deliver solid growth, cash flow and return on invested capital over ...
  17. PPG Coated With Profits

    January 26, 2011
    Specialty coatings, chemical and glass maker PPG Industries posted a sharp rise in quarterly and full year profits.
  18. 6 High P/E stocks to Consider

    January 10, 2011
    6 High Price to Earning Stocks that are worth taking a look at.
  19. Lululemon Talks A Good Game

    January 3, 2011
    Lululemon's Q3 earnings report was pristine. Christine Day, the company's CEO, talks a great game, but several things continue ...
  20. Large Cap Dividend Stocks For 2011

    December 17, 2010
    Investors interested in yield for the new year might want to consider a package of solid, stable, large cap stocks which ...
  21. Investing In The MENA

    November 30, 2010
    While most investors focus their attentions towards BRIC, an underappreciated emerging market is the Middle East.
  22. Shortcuts To The Z-Score

    November 29, 2010
    The Z-Score can successfully determine a company's volatility by using five distinct calculations, and these three are the ...
  23. Making The Case For Lululemon's Rich Valuation

    November 25, 2010
    Though Lululemon has been criticized for its incomplete reporting of revenues, there's a case to be made for those who support ...
  24. Lululemon Vs. Morningstar: Which Is The Better Stock?

    November 18, 2010
    Lululemon and Morningstar have similar revenues and operating margins. Through a head-to-head comparison, we'll find out ...
  25. Invest In The Lip Balm Portfolio

    October 5, 2010
    Themed portfolios can often exceed established ones in performance - and the lip balm portfolio is just one example.
  26. Wal-Mart Looks To The Long-Term

    September 29, 2010
    Wal-Mart's expansion into South Africa is a multi-decade project.
  27. Forging Into Frontier Markets

    September 8, 2010
    Developing nations offer a great way to diversify a portfolio while also capitalizing on long term trends.
  28. Cash Conversion Cycle Sends Misleading Message

    September 3, 2010
    The cash conversion cycle can be a tricky metric, especially when you dig deeper.
  29. Three Ways To View Value Retail

    September 1, 2010
    These three methods will help us determine which is the best value in retail.
  30. Sara Lee Strives For Shareholder Value

    August 16, 2010
    Sara Lee's remaining businesses may not be that great, but investors could still profit handsomely.
  31. 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.
  32. Unilever's Exciting Profits, Unexciting Sales Growth

    August 10, 2010
    Unilever posted a huge profit surge in its second-quarter earnings report on less impressive revenue growth.
  33. 5 Reasons To Ignore Analysts

    August 6, 2010
    Here are five stock calls that illustrate why investors should ignore analysts.
  34. Clorox Outmuscling Its Larger Rivals

    August 5, 2010
    Clorox saw steady sales growth and robust overseas trends for the quarter and full year.
  35. Pepsi Buyout Obscures Good Quarter

    July 23, 2010
    Pepsi's buyout of its bottlers hid some of the best points this quarter.
  36. J.M. Smucker Needs A Sales Boost

    June 21, 2010
    Smucker has added a slow-growing brand that accounts for the bulk of total sales and leaves the shares somewhat unappetizing. ...
  37. Investing Like A Hippie

    June 18, 2010
    If you want to invest like a hippie, I have listed my top stocks to help you along your way.
  38. Retail's Canadian Expansion

    June 9, 2010
    Canada is a land of opportunity for smart U.S. retailers.
  39. Investor Upside As Sara Lee Downsizes

    June 3, 2010
    After years of asset sales and divestitures, Sara Lee still holds appeal for investors.
  40. 5 Reasons Lululemon's Stock Is Overstretched

    May 27, 2010
    Find out why Lululemon may have problems justifying its rich valuation.
  41. Buying Stocks For Pennies On The Dollar

    May 6, 2010
    We check out some old funds that are trading at attractive discounts to their underlying holdings.
  42. Three Middle Eastern Jewels

    April 9, 2010
    The Middle East offers opportunity for long-term investors in Egypt, Israel and Turkey.
  43. 5 Beaten Down Stocks Ready For Reversal

    February 5, 2010
    Value investors have to go against the grain and choose companies that are currently out of favor. This list is a good place ...
  44. Dubai May Be Bust, But Middle East Has Opportunity

    December 10, 2009
    Dubai's debt problems have opened up some opportunities for long-term investors in the Gulf region.
  45. Invest In The Unilever Portfolio

    November 27, 2009
    Unilever has a Total Shareholder Return comparison on its website with 20 other peers. You can invest in all of them via ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. A Closer Look At Lululemon's Numbers

    October 29, 2009
    Lululemon just announced guidance for its Q3 ended Nov. 1 that is very bullish. But this one's not a slam dunk.
  48. Sally Vs. Ulta: The Perfect Hedge?

    October 22, 2009
    Sally Beauty Holdings and Ulta Cosmetics could be the perfect long/short hedge.
  49. Nike Stock: Just Do It

    September 30, 2009
    Nike is financially fit, allowing it to pull ahead of the competition under trying economic conditions.
  50. Dividend Slashers: Where To Hide?

    September 10, 2009
    A friendly dividend environment oversease allows many larger firms to serve up juicy yields.
  51. Advent International Loves Retail

    July 15, 2009
    While you can't invest in Advent directly, you can invest in some of its current and previous investments.
  52. Enjoy The Taste Of Success With Sensient

    June 22, 2009
    Sensient Technologies has a strong balance sheet and a nice dividend yield, but how does it stand up against its major competitors? ...
  53. 3 Big Brand Staples It Pays To Own

    May 27, 2009
    These companies sell their wares through good times and bad. Investing in staples can give you some peace of mind.
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. Five Must-Ask Questions Before Taking The IPO Bait

    May 16, 2008
    IPOs often make great discussion but lousy investments. Learn how to avoid getting burned.
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