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Are Shorts Watching This Number at Clorox?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Clorox (NYSE: CLX) 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.




Whom Will BHP Billiton Court Next?

 If you ask me, the effort by Australian mining giant BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) to spend $38.6 billion for Canada's PotashCorp (NYSE: POT) is as dead as a doornail.

 

How Cheap Is Kodak's Stock?

 Numbers can lie -- yet 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:

 

STEC Shares Popped: 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.


FormFactor Shares Popped: 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.


Revisiting Netflix


I have to admit Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) is a beast of a stock. Just two weeks ago after posting pretty poor quarterly results, I wrote about the bear case for the stock. The stock was trading at about $120 when the company reported earnings, and in just a week's time it traded down to $95.33 on the poor results. However, in less than two trading weeks the stock has made up its losses and then some, closing yesterday at a new 52-week high of $133.05.

Is Amazon.com's Management Up to the Task?


Big investors like Warren Buffett have the clout, time, and resources to evaluate a potential investment's management face to face. You may not have quite such a mighty address book, but that shouldn't stop you from assessing the people in the executive suites.

Cypress Semiconductor: Warming Up or Cooling Off?


Together, we are all trying to build our fortunes by finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices. But it takes work to scour earnings reports, scrutinize key data, and assess the competition.

Cache: Warming Up or Cooling Off?


Together, we are all trying to build our fortunes by finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices. But it takes work to scour earnings reports, scrutinize key data, and assess the competition.

BioSante Pharmaceuticals: Warming Up or Cooling Off?


Together, we are all trying to build our fortunes by finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices. But it takes work to scour earnings reports, scrutinize key data, and assess the competition.