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Bill Gross Is Buying This. Should You?

 The bond market has gone into free fall in recent weeks. But bond guru Bill Gross apparently thinks it's much ado about nothing -- and he's letting his money do the talking for him.

 

Is PerkinElmer Good Enough for You?

 Margins matter. The more PerkinElmer (NYSE: PKI) 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 PerkinElmer's competitive position could be.

 

Wolverine World Wide Passes This Key Test

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW) 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.

 

'Jackass' rolls in $50M for No. 1 spot

Los Angeles -- "Jackass 3-D" -- the one where the guys all hurt each other -- raked in a whopping $50 million for the No. 1 spot at the box office during the weekend.

"Red," an action flick starring Bruce Willis and the still gorgeous Helen Mirren, brought in $22.5 million for a distant but respectable No. 2. "The Social Network," the purported story of Facebook with an ensemble cast, brought in $11 million for No. 3.

All studio estimates of gross receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

'American' takes No. 1 at U.S. box office

Los Angeles -- George Clooney's "The American" took the No. 1 spot at the weekend U.S. box office with more than $12.96 million in estimated gross receipts.

"Takers" with Hayden Christensen and Matt Dillon was a close No. 2 with $11.45 million.

The pulpy action flick "Machete" was a close third with $11.3 million.

All studio estimates are via Box Office Mojo.

"The Last Exorcism" was fourth with more than $7.64 million; "Going the Distance" fifth with more than $6.88 million; "The Expendables" sixth with more than $6.59 million; "The Other Guys" seventh with $5.4 million; "Eat Pray Love" eighth with $4.85 million; and "Inception" was ninth with $4.53 million.

"Nanny McPhee Returns" was 10th with more than $3.57 million.

From Gross to Net at Atwood Oceanics

Margins matter. The more Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW) 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. 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 Atwood Oceanics' competitive position could be.