Money Matters - Simplified

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Investing

Is Agnico-Eagle Mines' 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.

Are Shorts Watching Progress Software?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Progress Software (Nasdaq: PRGS) 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 Morningstar Measure Up?

 

Margins matter. The more Morningstar (Nasdaq: MORN) 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 Morningstar's competitive position could be.




Get Ready for the Bounce

5 Superball Stocks

 
 In my recurring Fool column, "Get Ready for the Bounce," we search for future winners in a pile of 52-week losers. But do we really need to sit around for a whole year, waiting for a fallen stock to bounce back?

 

Will Fiserv Fall Short Next Quarter?

 

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




The Money Men Are Selling Rackspace Hosting

 

Is Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) headed higher, or lower? That's the question we ask when we evaluate insider buying and selling. We ask because how executives spend their paychecks is often a reflection of what they think of their companies' prospects.




Is a Revenue Miss Coming for St. Jude Medical?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for St. Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ) 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.




The Next Big Video Game Buyout

 Viacom (NYSE: VIA) is pulling a Yoko Ono and breaking up the band. The media giant revealed last week that it would sell Rock Band developer Harmonix. Viacom's cutting the cord on the company behind the once-popular rhythmic music games with guitar, drum, and microphone controllers.

 

Netflix Knocks Android

 We already know that it's just a matter of time before Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) pops up on Android-fueled smartphones and tablets. Just last month, Netflix made its debut on Google's (Nasdaq:GOOG) nascent Google TV. What about consumers snapping up Android wireless handsets? Will they get entertainment on the go, or be doomed to eventually fuse to their Cheetos-stained sofas?