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Must-Reads for Your Holidays


This article is part of our Rising Star Portfolios Series. The holidays are a great time to catch up on reading (especially if you are snowed in). Here are the top articles and stories I found through my own reading this past week, in order of how long it takes to read.

Fool Exclusive: What Makes Red Hat Tick?


Doff your chapeau for leading Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), which just uncorked another tremendous quarter. Its 21% sales growth, to $236 million, beat analyst estimates by 4%, but that wasn't good enough to light a fire under Red Hat's shares. Earnings only met the consensus target exactly, at $0.20 per share.

3 Stocks for Your Watchlist


This article is part of our Rising Star Portfolios Series. Most investors don't keep tabs on their companies' fundamental value. That's a mistake. If you take the time to read past the headlines and crack a filing now and then, you're in a much better position to spot potential trouble early. Better yet, you'll improve your odds of finding the underappreciated home run stocks that provide the market's best returns.