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Why Old Dominion Freight Line's Earnings Aren't So Hot


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 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.

Are You Missing Something Easy at Patni Computer Systems?


Margins matter. The more Patni Computer Systems (NYSE:PTI) 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 a bsolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Patni Computer Systems's competitive position could be.

Steris Passes This Key Test


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

Is SonoSite Working Hard Enough for You?


Margins matter. The more SonoSite (Nasdaq: SONO) 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 SonoSite's competitive position could be.

Is Terra Nitrogen Earning Its Keep?


Margins matter. The more Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH) 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 Terra Nitrogen's competitive position could be.

Here's How Altera 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.

Are You Missing Something Easy at Woodward Governor?


Margins matter. The more Woodward Governor (Nasdaq: WGOV) 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 Woodward Governor's competitive position could be.

Here's How Caterpillar May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) 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 Caterpillar's competitive position could be.