Money Matters - Simplified


Why the Earnings at Synaptics Are Outstanding

Earnings' unreliability is one of the reasons Foolish investors often flip straight past the income statement to check the cash flow statement. In general, by taking a close look at the cash moving in and out of the business, you can better understand whether the last batch of earnings brought money into the company, or merely disguised a cash gusher with a pretty headline.

The Wild African Energy Safari

It's no secret that global oil production is spreading rapidly. For instance, with most areas of the U.S. offshore prohibited from drilling activity, and the rendering of permits in the Gulf of Mexico having slowed to a snail's pace, the world will increasingly be forced to look to the likes of Brazil and Africa for its needed supplies of black gold.

Here's How lululemon Is Making You So Much 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.


West Pharmaceutical Services Passes This Key Test

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) 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.


This Week's 5 Dumbest Stock Moves

 Stupidity is contagious. It gets us all from time to time. Even respectable companies can catch it. As I do every week, let's take a look at five dumb financial events this week that may make your head spin.


General Electric Wants to Be a Millionaire

Google Makes Voice Personal

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has upped the ante for its voice search by making the feature a lot more personal. The Mountain View, Calif. company has taken its voice recognition service and personalized it for users. When Google originally unveiled the service on its Android phones two years ago, it had the ability to accommodate a variety of people regardless of age, gender or accents. With this latest update, Google voice search can recognize individual people.

Nokia again sues Apple over patents, this time in Europe

It seems like Nokia is not ready to give up on its patent fight against Apple anytime soon as the Finnish company has sued US-based smartphone maker for fresh patent infringement cases, this time in European countries like UK, Netherland, and Germany.

6 Dividend Stocks Making Moves

Many investors rely on dividend stocks to pay them regular income and provide solid growth over time. Given how many stocks don't pay a dividend at all, it's impressive for a company to be able to maintain and increase their dividend payments over time. Being able to grow steadily through good times and bad is truly a mark of success, and it takes that kind of growth to support dividend payments even during recessions and slowdowns.

101 Reasons the Market Looks Overheated Today

Please raise your hand if some of the stocks you own have gone up a lot recently. Mmmhm. Yep, that looks like just about everyone. OK, you can put your hands down.