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The Top 10 PC and Storage Stocks of 2010

 It's been a pretty kind year to stock investors, with the S&P showing a 12.7% gain in 2010. Of course, kindness might still feel relative after a lost decade of negative returns that included the nauseating depths and panic of the financial crisis.

 

Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Olin'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.

Why Wall Street Should Love CF Industries' 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 Costco Courting Disaster?


This article is part of our Rising Stars Portfolios series. Costco's (Nasdaq: COST) claim to fame is its ability to offer extremely high-end merchandise for low, low prices. Unfortunately for Costco and other discount-oriented retailers, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left intact a law that could dry up those bargains. The ruling upholds manufacturers' ability to use copyright law to block discounters from reselling deeply discounted merchandise obtained from "gray market" secondary sources.

Here's How AgFeed Industries May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more AgFeed Industries (Nasdaq: FEED) 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 AgFeed Industries' competitive position could be.

Should You Sell Heinz Today?

 Should you sell H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ)today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.

 

Is Chevron a Sell?

 Should you sell Chevron (NYSE: CVX)today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.

Should You Sell Forest Laboratories Right Now?

 Should you sell Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.

 

Here's How Thor Industries May Be Failing You

 Margins matter. The more Thor Industries (NYSE: THO) 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 Thor Industries' competitive position could be.

 

How to Own the World's Best Companies

 Many investors strive to put their money into shares of the best companies they can find. But if you're only looking within the U.S. for your stock picks, you could be missing out on the largest players in the global economy -- as well as the up-and-coming foreign companies that stand the best chance of becoming tomorrow's leaders.