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Whoa! What Just Happened to My Stock?

 Resist the urge to high-five everyone in the cubicles next to you. Your stock may have just strapped on a rocket pack and taken off for the moon, but smart investors won't celebrate until they know that upward leap was justified. Without a fundamental basis for the bounce, these stocks can quickly make the return trip down.

 

Why Did My Stock Just Die?

 Your stock just took a nosedive -- but don't panic. First, let's see whether it had good reason to fall. Sometimes, panic-fueled drops can make excellent buying opportunities. Here's the latest crop of cratered stocks that could provide a possibility for profit:

Accretive Health Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.


The New Agilent: Lean, Mean Fighting Machine

 Last quarter, I opined that Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A)was making all the right moves. The maker of measurement instruments sold off one division to networker JDS Uniphase(Nasdaq: JDSU) and bought medical tester Varian, thus repositioning itself in the industry with potentially higher margins and growth opportunities to follow.

 

STR Holdings Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis. What: STR Holdings (NYSE: STRI) shares fell as much as 20% after the company released earnings today.

 

Is Northgate Minerals' Stock Expensive by the Numbers?

 Numbers can lie -- but they’re the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock’s true value based on the following clues:

 

Is This Cash Machine Running on Empty?

 Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

 

Chrysler: Not Dead Yet

 Lost in the media's need to find new superlatives to apply to Ford's (NYSE: F) turnaround (guilty) and the hype/hand-wringing over General Motors' impending IPO is this intriguing story:

Chrysler isn't dead.

 

Is MIPS Technologies a Rule Breaker?

 I'm a believer in growth stocks. As an analyst for our Motley Fool Rule Breakers service, I think you should be a believer, too. But even I have to admit some growth stories are bogus, hence this regular series. Next up: MIPS Technologies (Nasdaq: MIPS). Is this designer of microcontrollers for digital TV and other consumer devices the real thing? Let's get right to the numbers.

 

Will Sherwin-Williams Fall Short Next Quarter?

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.