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Are Shorts Watching Research In Motion?

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) 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.

Google Goes for Groupon

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), the world's largest Web company, is trying to buy Groupon, the fastest-growing one.

Google TV, Price Cuts, and Slow Retail Sales; What's the Future Look Like?

Sony (NYSE: SNE) this weekend announced huge (up to 25 percent) price cuts on its new Google TV product line, an unprecedented step for the CE manufacturer. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) also is having trouble getting premium content from any of the broadcasters it's talked to, although negotiations are ongoing. The result: A product that's more expensive than others on the market, and with less content.

Will Force Protection Bomb Next Quarter?

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Force Protection (Nasdaq: FRPT) 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.

Miners Priced to Move: Northgate Minerals

It's no secret that precious metal stocks have enjoyed noteworthy strength here as metal prices continue their multiyear advance. But even the hottest sector around can have its laggards.

Is Adobe a Sell?

Should you sell Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) today?

This Upgrade Is an Insult

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) is on a roll. The stock took a 5% leap yesterday on news of an analyst upgrade, and now trades 48% above the 52-week lows it set at the end of August.

General Motors Calls China's Bluff

Just returned from the dead, and reintroduced to the public markets, General Motors (NYSE: GM) is the stock everyone's cheering for these days. But is China about to rekill GM, and this time, nail the coffin shut? Maybe not ...

Does Advanced Micro Devices Measure Up?

Margins matter. The more Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) 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 with sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Advanced Micro Devices' competitive position could be.

That's a Big One, Oracle

The long-running legal battle between Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and software rival SAP (NYSE: SAP) just took a nasty turn -- from SAP's perspective, that is.