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Why Focus Media Holding's Earnings Are Outstanding


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.

How Cheap Is Affymetrix's Stock by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:

Why Wall Street Should Love Teleflex'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.

Will Lender Processing Services Earn or Burn?


Margins matter. The more Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) 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 Lender Processing Services' competitive position could be.

Is Frontier Communications the Perfect Stock?


Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everything you could possibly want? One thing's for sure: If you don't look, you'll never find truly great investments. So let's first take a look at what you'd want to see from a perfect stock, and then decide if Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) fits the bill.

Is WellPoint the Perfect Stock?

Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everythingyou could possibly want? One thing's for sure: If you don't look, you'll never find truly great investments. So let's first take a look at what you'd want to see from a perfect stock, and then decide if WellPoint(NYSE: WLP) fits the bill.

 

Office Depot Shares Popped: What You Need to Know


Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Cerner Passes This Key Test

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) 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 Cherokee the Perfect Stock?

 Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everythingyou could possibly want?

Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everythingyou could possibly want?

 

Is Stillwater Mining the Perfect Stock?


Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everything you could possibly want? One thing's for sure: If you don't look, you'll never find truly great investments.