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Come Prospecting for a Golden Nugget of Truth

Eureka! That's what you're supposed to scream when you unearth a golden nugget. Here in the investment world, a single nugget of truth can be worth its weight in gold.Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG) has exhibited an uncanny knack for extracting priceless nuggets of truth from the torrential streams of data and analysis that flood the investment landscape.

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Are You Watching This Trend at Joy Global?

 Margins matter. The more Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG)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 Joy Global's competitive position could be.

 

Check This to Find Out Whether Joy Global Is Going to Bomb

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Joy Global(Nasdaq: JOYG) 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.

 

Don't Let It Happen, Joy Global


Many investors, especially during earnings season, seem to focus on the income statement. How much revenue was there? How much net income was there? Yet that focus can be dangerous, because the balance sheet actually tells us a lot about how the company is doing, and what it's likely to be doing in the not-too-distant future. Today, I'll focus on two balance sheet line items, accounts receivable and inventories, and how they relate to sales.