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This Just In: Upgrades and Downgrades

At The Motley Fool, we poke plenty of fun at Wall Street analysts and
their endless cycle of upgrades, downgrades, and "initiating coverage
at neutral." So you might think we'd be the last people to give virtual
ink to such "news." And we would be -- if that were all we were doing.

The Belt Is Tightening at Las Vegas Sands

The $222 million loss for Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) in the second quarter would have likely been disappointing to investors on its own, but was made only more so by the positive news out of Wynn (Nasdaq: WYNN)
earlier in the day yesterday. Though a red bottom line isn't my
favorite sight, I did see some positives in Sands' earnings report.

Will Your Money Be Gone With the Wind?

If you're a fan of the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, you'll
probably remember Vivien Leigh declaring, "If I have to lie, steal,
cheat or kill ... as God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again!"

7 Reasons to Worry About Next Week

August is just a weekend away. Do you know where your earnings reports are?

ADP Sees Shadows Ahead

Consumer spending may be on the rise, but American payrolls are still shrinking. That's bad news for payroll processing giant Automatic Data Processing (Nasdaq: ADP). Settle in for a long winter, Fool.

439,000 More Reasons for Starbucks to Worry

If your local barista isn't feeling Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' (Nasdaq: GMCR) KO punch, maybe the K-Cup punch will do.

Orbital Sciences: Ready for Liftoff

Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB)
reported its second-quarter numbers on Tuesday and, well, the news
wasn't great. But do you think the 12.6% sell-off might have been just
a little overdone?

Agricultural Earnings Face a Drought

That anxiety mounting in the agricultural sector back in February? Turns out it was pretty well-founded.

A Letdown With Casino Stocks

Despite a wide geographic reach and a diverse offering of gambling products, Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN) produced second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell below analysts' estimates and its own forecasts.

Terrorism, Swine Flu, and Beating Today's Market

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, air travel plunged for obvious
reasons. People were scared. Flying, they presumed -- perhaps rightly
so -- was now more dangerous.