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Simpson Manufacturing Passes This Key Test


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

Are You Missing Something Easy at Ituran Location and Control?


Margins matter. The more Ituran Location and Control (Nasdaq: ITRN) 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 Ituran Location and Control's competitive position could be.

Here's How Diamond Offshore Drilling May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO) 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 Diamond Offshore Drilling's competitive position could be.

Bill Gross Is Buying This. Should You?

 The bond market has gone into free fall in recent weeks. But bond guru Bill Gross apparently thinks it's much ado about nothing -- and he's letting his money do the talking for him.

 

Crush the Market With 1 Stock and 1 Simple Rule


Over the years, much has been written about Warren Buffett's two rules for investing. They are:

  • Rule One: Never Lose Money
  • Rule Two: Never Forget Rule One

Should You Sell Sohu.com Today?

 Should you sell Sohu.com (Nasdaq: SOHU) today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. But 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 Schnitzer Steel Industries Right Now?

 Should you sell Schnitzer Steel (Nasdaq: SCHN) today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. But 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 Biogen Idec Today?

 Should you sell Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) 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.

 

Speculative Favorites: The Options Market's Top Gold Picks

 After peaking in early November, gold prices have descended rapidly from recent heights. The gold correction has been so sharp, in fact, as to warrant speculation of another $100 drop in the price of the commodity.

 

Is Tellabs Earning Enough for You?

 Margins matter. The more Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) 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 Tellabs's competitive position could be.