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What You Need to Know About Acme Packet Now


Each year, we take a look back in order to look ahead. We do this by industry, by trend, and ultimately by stock. Here's a closer look at Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT), Fool style.

4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Aegean Marine Petroleum

 

Is King Pharmaceuticals' Stock Cheap by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


How Cheap Is PPG's Stock by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


Is Sara Lee Earning Enough for You?


Margins matter. The more Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) 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 with sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Sara Lee's competitive position could be.

Here's How Weight Watchers May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) 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 Weight Watchers International’s competitive position could be.

Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Raytheon's 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.

Is Covidien's Stock a Bargain by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


5 Small Caps to Juice Your Portfolio


This article is part of our Rising Star Portfolios series. When last we chatted, before the holidays slowed things down, we were screening for great small caps. Today, we'll take a closer look at our candidates and narrow the field.

5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Ormat Technologies


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, geothermal power plant operator Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.