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  1. 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 ...
  2. Time Warner Spinoff Reveals Hidden Value

    May 14, 2008
    Sum-of-the-parts analysis reveals there is plenty of value tucked away inside Time Warner's vast corporate empire.
  3. Cabela's Ready To Be Reeled In

    May 13, 2008
    Despite an 8.4% drop in comps, the fishing retailer's focus on customer care, store productivity and advertising will pay ...
  4. Natural Makeup Provides Unnatural Growth

    May 13, 2008
    Sales of mineral-based cosmetics went from $4.5 million in 2005 to $149 million in 2007. Bare Escentuals is leading the charge. ...
  5. CVS Posts Record Profits

    May 5, 2008
    Despite the slowing U.S economy, CVS is still going strong.
  6. Famous Dave's: A Recipe For Success?

    April 30, 2008
    Famous Dave's BBQ was once a stock market darling. Despite sales continuing to grow, its stock has dropped 53% in one year. ...
  7. Five Big Bulls To Know For Friday

    April 25, 2008
    Weekly commentary on some of the biggest bulls in the market. This week features Volterra Semiconductor and Transocean Inc. ...
  8. Private Education Gets A Boost From The Feds

    April 25, 2008
    Private educational companies are breathing easier now that a liquidity solution is is in place for the next round of student ...
  9. Solid Intel

    April 18, 2008
    Given its market share, operating leverage and overseas potential, even a cynic would admit Intel looks attractive right ...
  10. Abbott Labs Finally Turns Potential Into Profit

    April 17, 2008
    Solid numbers for the last two quarters could change Abbott Labs's reputation as an overvalued stock.
  11. Why Millionaires Trust Northern Trust

    April 16, 2008
    With a hundred year history of watching the savings of the rich and infamous, Northern Trust is the one bank you can rely ...
  12. Why GE's Freefall Didn't Pull Down The Dow

    April 11, 2008
    GE took a pounding Friday, yet the DJIA hardly moved. It's a flawed system where the more a company falls, the less it counts. ...
  13. Walgreen Stocking Shelves For Growth, Stability

    April 2, 2008
    After encouraging earnings results and some reassuring sector balance in a troubled market, this pharmacy company could hold ...
  14. Mutual Funds With Hedge Fund Ambitions

    April 1, 2008
    Most investors don't have the coin to invest in hedge funds, but many mutual funds are bringing these strategies to the common ...
  15. Is It Better To Own Those Calvin Kleins, Or Rent 'Em?

    April 1, 2008
    Phillips-Van Heusen owns the Calvin Klein brand while Warnaco rents it through a licensing agreement. Learn which is the ...
  16. Profit In The Pipeline

    March 31, 2008
    News of an Iraqi pipeline fix could lower oil prices in the near-term, but investors should be thinking long term when they ...
  17. A Golden Hedge Against Inflation

    March 28, 2008
    With inflation on the move, we hear gold is the answer, but which stocks should you choose? With USAGX the work is done for ...
  18. Green Funds For The Faint Of Heart

    March 24, 2008
    Learn about two funds that go green without going overboard. Both invest in well-known companies with strong growth potential. ...
  19. The Stealth Wealth In Municipal Bonds

    March 24, 2008
    For a few municipal bond ETFs the present risk within muni markets might actually be a blessing in disguise.
  20. Visa Debuts At No.1

    March 20, 2008
    Visa became the largest IPO in U.S. history, and with the oversubscription options possibly the biggest in the world. Should ...
  21. Pick A Retirement Date: Target-Date Funds Will Do The Rest

    March 20, 2008
    If stock picking makes your palms sweat and asset-allocation strategies make your head spin, these mutual funds can help. ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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. ...
  24. Mergers Could Unite The Air (DAL, UAUA, NWA)

    January 18, 2008
    Elevated fuel costs could spur a wave of mergers within airlines, but something else may be brewing too.
  25. 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.
  26. Finding Profit In Hybrid Cars

    November 5, 2007
    Green is in, and so are hybrid cars. Here's the scoop on the stocks that stand to profit most from the hybrid trend.
  27. Time For A Diagnostics Test (VIVO, CYTC, MYGN)

    October 4, 2007
    Put the million-dollar research of a biotech ETF to work for you - for free.
  28. What's Wrong With Rite Aid? (RAD)

    October 4, 2007
    With boomers providing a surge in perscription spending, drugstore Rite Aid should be soaring. Instead, it's just scraping ...
  29. Sun Microsystems' Reverse Split Could Be Painful (JAVA)

    September 12, 2007
    The company announced plans to do a 1-for-4 reverse stock split. Is this a wise maneuver?
  30. Making A Difference In Dialysis (FMS,DVA,NXTM)

    August 16, 2007
    Treating renal failure is serious business. With so many Baby Boomers in America, it's also one that isn't going away.
  31. 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.
  32. Looking Good (AVP, REV, EL)

    August 13, 2007
    Door-to-door or upscale department store, what is the best way to sell cosmetics?
  33. 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.
  34. Time To Go Long On Longs (LDG)

    August 8, 2007
    Longs Drug Stores recently released decent July comps, and it expects double-digit bottom line growth in the coming year. ...
  35. Computer-Aided Success (PMTC, DASTY, CTXS)

    July 13, 2007
    Research and development is the key to success in the highly competitive enterprise-software game.
  36. Finding Black Gold In The Deep (ESV, NE, GSF)

    July 13, 2007
    Shallow-water drilling rates are dropping, but there is still money to be made in deep-water oil.
  37. Lam Research Has Memory Problems (LRCX)

    July 13, 2007
    The memory sector is wavering. Lam Research could falter right along with it, despite strong the fundamentals.
  38. The Value Effect - With International Flavor (EFV, EFG)

    June 29, 2007
    The notion that there is a value-investing premium isn't new, but to what extent has it existed over recent history?
  39. Short Sellers Pile Into Hasbro (HAS)

    June 25, 2007
    Short sellers have moved into Hasbro. If "Spider-Man 3" and "Transformers" toy sales are weak, shares may fall.
  40. Media Conglomerates: One Size Fits All?

    June 20, 2007
    The five old line media companies seem the same, but they are really very different.
  41. 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. ...
  42. Outsource Your Data (FIS, FISV, CSC)

    June 14, 2007
    A peek at the returns of three very different data-processing firms.
  43. 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.
  44. 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?
  45. A Treasure Hunting Odyssey (OMR)

    May 22, 2007
    Treasure-hunting company Odyssey Marine Exploration seems exciting, but don't get caught up in the romance and adventure. ...
  46. Playing The Greenback With ETFs

    May 21, 2007
    There are a number of ETF'S that offer investors exposure to the US Dollar. Whether you are bullish or bearish, there is ...
  47. No Wrong Numbers Here (T, VZ, WIN)

    May 18, 2007
    Be it land-line or wireless, telecommunications is a very big deal for a lot of reasons.
  48. Back In The USSR (RSX, GLDN, VIP)

    May 16, 2007
    The Russian economy is growing, but is the added risk worth the potential reward? A new Russian ETF and several Russian stocks ...
  49. Selling The Sellers (IPG, OMC, CCO)

    May 15, 2007
    A look at three advertising companies who manage to compete in one of the most cutthroat industries around
  50. Eye In The Sky (AVAV)

    May 9, 2007
    The success of the unmanned Predator aircraft means the US military wants more robot warriors. Which public companies are ...
  51. Sticking With AT&T (T)

    April 27, 2007
    The latest figures suggest there is good reason to stay bullish on AT&T.
  52. 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?
  53. Turning Corners (TYC, DOV, CR)

    April 5, 2007
    Three industrial companies have have turned or are in the process of taking a new direction.
  54. Alcatel-Lucent Starting To Implode? (ALU)

    March 27, 2007
    Alcatel-Lucent was to be the world's largest telecom equipment company. It should have been a big success, but integration ...
  55. Apollo Has Yield for the Masses (AINV)

    March 22, 2007
    Apollo Investments is a Business Development Company (BDC) that gives investors another alternative to getting exposure to ...
  56. Level 3 is Growing, but Fighting a Huge Debt Load (LVLT)

    March 22, 2007
    Level 3 is owns one of the great communications infrastructure platforms in the world. Demand for its services is up, but ...
  57. Private Equity Fodder? (ROL, SMG, ABM)

    March 22, 2007
    Rollins, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and AMB Industries appear to have what private equity is seeking.
  58. There's Still Room for Two Winners (WAG, CVS)

    March 20, 2007
    Analysts have been battling over whether WAG or CVS is the better play, but the pie could be big enough for both.
  59. Generic Manufacturers Go After Big Pharma

    March 14, 2007
    Generic drug manufacturers continue pose a potent threat to the established "big pharma" companies.
  60. Improve Your Portfolio with Infrastructure Upgrades

    March 13, 2007
    A look at how investors can profit from the potential boom in the infrastructure sector.
  61. Get a Booster Shot with Health Care ETFs

    March 9, 2007
    A look at the recent offering of niche health care ETFs from Xshares Advisors.
  62. DreamWorks Stops The Show (DWA)

    February 7, 2007
    While short-term concerns are likely to dominate trading in DreamWorks shares, the company's excellent entertainment franchise ...
  63. Equity Office Properties Nears a Decision (EOD)

    February 2, 2007
    A high profile private equity deal highlights the hidden value of good dividend-paying REITs.
  64. Get Your Game On (ERTS)

    January 25, 2007
    Game maker Electronic Arts should benefit from a pick-up in PS3 game console sales later this year.
  65. Corporate Computer Security Steps Up (VDSI)

    January 24, 2007
    Security firm VDSI looks to be well-positioned to lead its market niche to further growth and its shareholders to strong ...
  66. 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?
  67. This Mouse Has Horns (DIS)

    November 22, 2006
    Disney investors will be rewarded as the company builds profits for the long-term.
  68. 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. ...
  69. Take Profits On Sprint (S)

    November 15, 2006
    Now trading 25% higher, Sprint shares offer a good opportunity to take profits.
  70. Has LCA-Vision Lost Its Focus? (LCAV)

    October 3, 2006
    With a recent price plunge, shares of LCAV are starting to look like a real bargain.
  71. AT&T Is A Consolidation Winner (T)

    September 8, 2006
    Telecom consolidation will pay off for AT&T.
  72. Do It Deeper (GSF, RIG, DO, NE)

    September 1, 2006
    Despite very strong fundamentals, share in the offshore oil drillers have languished so far this year. Why are investors ...
  73. Don't Give Up On Sprint (S)

    August 14, 2006
    Sprint Nextel investors shouldn’t write off the possibility of a turnaround.
  74. Winners and Losers - August 7th - 11th (BN, SAX, IMAX, ECLG)

    August 11, 2006
    A look at the winners and losers for the week of August 7th.
  75. Insider Activity Analysis

    July 7, 2006
    Insider trading activity is a good place to start your analysis.
  76. Are Video Games A Good Play?

    June 8, 2006
    A look at the early stages of the new wave of video game consoles.
  77. Qwest Says No, and Preps for Growth

    June 8, 2006
    Qwest forges onward despite poor history.
  78. What Volatility Really Means

    May 25, 2006
    When it comes to volatile, high-risk stocks, it's often much easier to talk the talk than it is to walk the walk.
  79. VOIP will soar, but Vonage needs a lifeline

    February 21, 2006
    A look inside the VOIP revolution and its implications for investors.
  80. The Good and Bad of Shareholder Activism

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

    January 31, 2006
    Taking a peek inside the semiconductor industry.
  82. Can AT&T Perform without Wireless?

    January 25, 2006
    A look at the competitive landscape of the telecom sector.
  83. A Hot Sector?

    December 21, 2005
    Another example of a sector that "falls between the cracks" - elearning.
  84. 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 ...
  85. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 2

    November 23, 2005
    In this piece we'll explore different types of economic moats.
  86. 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. ...
  87. The Most Important Metric You Forgot

    October 4, 2005
    The cash conversion cycle (or cash cycle) is one of the best early-warning systems available to you. Let's take a closer ...
  88. Our Top Down Approach

    May 20, 2005
    Learn about how we use a top-down approach in our stock selections.
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