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Get a Real Feel for Steel

The great financial maelstrom of 2008 ravaged growth trends worldwide, leaving a cloud of uncertainty in its wake. But the steel sector is finally delving beyond the here and now, offering increasingly specific previews of the road ahead. The remaining challenge for Fools: determining which of those prognostications are correct.

Vertex Pulls a Wimpy

After four follow-on stock offerings in the last three years -- the number of shares outstanding has increased a whopping 57.8% since the end of 2005 -- it's nice to see that Rule Breakers pick Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: VRTX) has a plan to raise some cash that won't dilute its shareholders.

5 Stocks Geared for Growth

A stock's price follows its earnings, which in turn follow its sales. A company needs only to take care of its business for investors to profit in the long run.

GM: This Stock Is Worthless

Here’s a good one: What do Confederate dollars, Monopoly money, and the old equity of General Motors (OTC: GMGMQ.PK) have in common?

Finisar's Loss Is JDSU's Gain

When I see a company focusing on its core competency, that's usually a good thing. For example, Micron (NYSE: MU) is right to sell off its digital-camera-chips division and just try to be the best memory wrangler it can be. I wish Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) would stop chasing ghosts online and remember that its software innovation brought Redmond to where it is today.

3 Stocks Hitting Low Notes

When a stock hits a fresh low, it can either signal a dirt cheap dream stock or a dreadful stock to avoid. Separating the wheat from the chaff is difficult, but finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices is a great way to accumulate a fortune over the long run.

4-Star Stocks on the Upswing

Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their backs takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

5-Star Stocks on the Upswing

Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their back takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

This Week's 5 Smartest Stock Moves

If you're feeling good about the market, you're not alone. Take my hand as we go over some of this week's more uplifting headlines.

Can Cable Finally Innovate?

My dear colleague Rick Munarriz has been busy lately uncovering evidence of a trend that will soon change the way we watch television. But I think you missed the actual trend, Rick.