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Show Me the Money, Flextronics International

 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.

 

The Case for Buying General Dynamics

 Yann Coquoz is a Portfolio Manager at Foyil Asset Management, a value-oriented private investment firm. The below investment thesis was originally posted on SumZero, the leading community for hedge fund and mutual fund investment analysts where professional investors share investment ideas exclusively with one another. Through The Motley Fool, select content from SumZero is now available to individual investors. 


Do You Trust the Earnings at Dean Foods?

 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 a Revenue Miss Coming for Eli Lilly?

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) 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.

 

What Shorts Might Be Watching at Stryker

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

 

Will ABB Disappoint Analysts Next Quarter?

 

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




Auburn passes Oregon for BCS lead

Irving, Texas -- Auburn bypassed Oregon by a razor-thin margin to claim the top spot of the Bowl Championship Series rankings released Sunday.

Oregon fell to No. 2, .0002 of a point behind Auburn, while the only other undefeated team, Texas Christian, remained No. 3.

The rankings were also reason for Oklahoma to celebrate -- the Sooners finished ninth and won a tie-breaker with Oklahoma State and Texas A&M for the Big 12 South division, gaining the right to play Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game.

Boise State's loss to Nevada resulted in a precipitous drop for the Broncos from No. 4 to No. 11, while Stanford jumped from No. 6 to No. 4, which will likely earn the Cardinals an invitation to a BCS bowl game.

Is PotashCorp Earning Enough for You?

 Margins matter. The more PotashCorp (NYSE: POT) 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 PotashCorp's competitive position could be.

 

Will Spain Be the Next Domino to Fall?

 After the last few weeks of turmoil in European markets, jittery investors have every reason to be worried about the economic woes in the eurozone. After repeatedly claiming its government would not need a bailout, Ireland has officially reached out for an EU/IMF-style bailout that could cost, according to Goldman Sachs, close to $130 billion. This greatly dwarfs the Greek bailout from earlier this year.

 

How Cheap Is Dish Network'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: