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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.

5 Stocks Bucking the Downtrend

Even on the market's worst days, buyout news and other short-term
forces can send individual stocks up by 10%, 25%, even 50%.

Deepwater's Golden Triangle Yields Another Discovery

It's looking like the world of deepwater drilling is coalescing into
what's being called the "Golden Triangle." Consisting of Brazil's
Santos Basin, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and West Africa, the three areas
have resulted in a bevy of discoveries of late, and their potential is
growing by leaps and bounds.

Too Many Ships Destined for the Seas

The legendary swordfisher Andrea Gail was not devoured by the
first waves of the perfect storm. Sometime between the last
communication and the tragic end, the waves grew from 30-foot monsters
to heights we can scarcely imagine.

This Week in Solar

Hey, solar Fools. No earthshaking news this week, I'm afraid, but I did find a few tidbits worth sharing.

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.

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.

New Competition in Loss Vegas?

Peter Carlino, chairman and CEO of Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN), has made no secret about his desire to enter the Las Vegas market.

3 Reasons to Sell Hecla Mining Today

The turmoil in the markets makes it too easy to justify selling any stock these days. Yet while their own panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments. Consider silver miner Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL). Though precious metals have scored big gains recently, you'll find bearish opinions coming from a few of the 805 Motley Fool CAPS members rating the stock.

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.