Money Matters - Simplified

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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Alliance Resource

 

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coal producer Alliance Resource Partners L.P.(Nasdaq: ARLP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.




A Master Investor's Best Ideas Now

 One of our primary investment advantages at The Motley Fool is our ability to learn about and to learn directly from the most brilliant investors in the world. It's a leading reason why David and I are thrashing the market in our Stock Advisor service. There simply is no community in the world where more investors are helping each other beat the market.

 

Does Armstrong World Industries Miss the Grade?

 

Margins matter. The more Armstrong World Industries (NYSE: AWI) 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 Armstrong World Industries' competitive position could be.




Is Las Vegas Sands 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.

 

Anthera Seeks to Tap Heart Attack Market by Blocking Inflammation

 Big Pharma giants are gathering in Chicago this week to wine and dine doctors at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, hoping docs will keep prescribing their multi-billion-dollar heart drugs. Not many little biotechs can compete in this league, but Hayward, CA-based Anthera Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANTH) is hoping to lay some groundwork for a new drug that could give Big Pharma another way to generate billions from treating heart attacks.

 

Microsoft Kinects the Dots

 It's never easy to hit a moving target, but there appear to be a million gamers moving around as the result of the early success of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT)Kinect.

 

Is a Revenue Miss Coming for FTI Consulting?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for FTI Consulting (NYSE: FCN) 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.




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.