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Is LoopNet's Cash Flow Just for Show?

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.

 

Is This Trend Your Friend at Limelight Networks?

 

Margins matter. The more Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Limelight Networks's competitive position could be.




Does Genpact Miss the Grade?

 

Margins matter. The more Genpact (NYSE:G) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market.  That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Genpact's competitive position could be.




Where's the Cash Coming From at Clorox?

 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.

 

Here's How Apple Is Making So Much for You

 Margins matter. The more Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Apple's competitive position could be.

 

Is MicroStrategy Going to Bomb?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for MicroStrategy (Nasdaq:MSTR) 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.




Are Shorts Watching This Number at Clorox?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Clorox (NYSE: CLX) 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.




How Netflix Is Failing You

 

No doubt about it -- Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX)has been an amazing stock. It kills me to think about the money I missed on this one by not buying. It's not because I couldn't find an attractive entry point. It's because I forgot (just plain, boneheaded forgot) to add it to my watchlist the last time it dipped into the $20s.




 

4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Skechers

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, footwear company Skechers (NYSE: SKX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.


 

Is Wynn Resorts' Cash Machine Shutting Down?

 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.