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A Great Stock to Stuff Your Stocking

 Most Fools have launched headlong into preparing for the end of this year, while attempting to determine which sectors may offer upside surprises in 2011. It's the latter task that continues to be akin to pulling one's own teeth.

 

Is U.S. Steel's Management Creating Value?

 Warren Buffett's partner, Charlie Munger, once said, "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power of incentives, and all my life I've underestimated it. And never a year passes but I get some surprise that pushes my limit a little farther."

 

Why Lululemon Athletica's Earnings Are Outstanding

 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.

 

Compellent Technologies Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.


3 Winners to Watch and 1 to Buy Now

 What companies are tomorrow's big winners? In our ongoing series, I'm chatting with Fool analysts and advisors to discover the stocks they're watching and the catalysts that would signal it's time to buy.

 

How Spinoffs Can Make You Rich

 The quickest payday that investors typically ever get is when a stock they own receives a takeover bid from a potential acquirer. But there's a more subtle way that some companies can unlock hidden shareholder value, and even as merger and acquisition activity picks up, more companies are starting to turn to this smart alternative as a way of keeping shareholders satisfied.

 

Why Mega-Cap Stocks Are Not Enough

 

If you've been looking for a cheap and easy way to build a diversified portfolio, relying on an index mutual fund or ETF is a tried and true method that investors have been using for 35 years. But before you jump into the biggest, most popular index funds that are based on the S&P 500 index, think twice -- because you don't want to miss out on investments that could turn volatile and disappointing returns into big wins with a smoother ride over the long haul.




Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Talecris Biotherapeutics' Earnings

 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.

 

Fortune Brands to split into three

Deerfield, Ill. -- Fortune Brands Inc. said Wednesday it would split its well-known products into three U.S. companies, while keep its distilling business.

Fortune said its golf and home securities businesses could stand on their own.

The firm intends to change its name to Pure-Play Spirits Co., which would include Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. which generates $2.5 billion in annual revenue, and is the largest U.S.-based spirits company. Brands under the Beam umbrella include Jim Beam bourbon, Canadian Club whisky, Teacher's Scotch, and the cognac brand Courvoisier.

The plan includes spinning off to shareholders Fortune Brands Home & Security LLC, with annual sales exceeding $3 billion and spin off or sell its golf business.

Is Frontline's Management Creating Value?

 Warren Buffett's partner, Charlie Munger, once said, "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power of incentives, and all my life I've underestimated it. And never a year passes but I get some surprise that pushes my limit a little farther."

 

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