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Cisco Did Deserve This Whipping

 

The massive sell-off in shares of Cisco(Nasdaq: CSCO) after it posted a pretty poor quarter Thursday struck some as plain old stupidity by Wall Street. Others thought the whipping was undeserved, and now would be a good time to pick up shares in a great company with more cash on its balance sheet than just about any nonfinancial in the United States. I see a company that looks lost, and a usually very honest and candid CEO, John Chambers, didn't seem to have any real answers on the company's conference call.




4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ReneSola

 

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool Chttp://www.themoneytimes.com/sites/all/libraries/fckeditor/editor/skins/...); background-position: 0px -544px; " class="TB_Button_Image" alt="">APS, the Fool's free investing community, solar-wafer maker ReneSola (NYSE: SOL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.




Almost Family Is Almost Perfect

 

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.




Will Advent Software's Next Quarter Be a Bomb?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Advent Software (Nasdaq: ADVS) 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.




Does Rosetta Stone Miss the Grade?

 

Margins matter. The more Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) 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 Rosetta Stone's competitive position could be.




Is Philip Morris Making You Any Cash?

 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 a Revenue Miss Coming for Dr Pepper Snapple?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) 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.




MakeMyTrip Takes a Tumble

 It was a bumpy landing for MakeMyTrip(Nasdaq: MMYT) shareholders yesterday. Shares of India's leading online travel site -- and the hottest IPO since 2007 -- took a nearly 27% tumble after reporting disappointing quarterly results.

 

Is a Revenue Miss Coming for VASCO Data Security International?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for VASCO Data Security International(Nasdaq: VDSI) 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.




Will United States Steel's Next Quarter be a Bomb?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for United States Steel (NYSE: X) 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.