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


New rep. wants to draw a veil on hat rule

Washington -- Federica Wilson, Florida's new congresswoman, may not wear all her hats at once as the "Caps for Sale" peddler, but may have trouble donning one in the House.

Wilson, a Florida state legislator known for her collection of fancy hats, says she's trying to ask Speaker-apparent John Boehner to waive a House rule that bars members from wearing hats while the chamber is in session, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

"It's sexist," Wilson said of the rule. "It dates back to when men wore hats and we know that men don't wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear."

She said people "get excited" when they see her hats.

FTC tightens debt collections post-mortem

Washington -- Consumer advocates say the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked for trouble by revising rules for collectors chasing debt from people who have died.

The new rules allow for a wider circle of people to be contacted, beyond family members and the legal executor of the estate. There is also the term "spouse" that some advocates say is inaccurate as a marriage ends when one of the partners dies. The Washington Post reported Monday.

Some advocates warn that some debt collectors will press even friends to pay the debts of someone who has died, using a "moral obligation" argument, the Post said.

Moss: Not seeking trouble with Titans

Nashville -- Mercurial wide receiver Randy Moss said Wednesday he's not out to cause trouble for his new team, the Tennessee Titans, but to work.

Meeting with reporters at the Titans' practice facility after his second day of workouts with his new squad, Moss read a statement in which he said he wants to be all business after being at the center of controversy with his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, The Tennessean reported.

"I said it before: I didn't want to go to Minnesota and mess anything up," Moss said. "But I guess everybody blamed me for it. So I am going to say it again: I am not coming here to start no trouble. I am just coming in here to work every day and hopefully win."

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Chase apologizes for online outage

New York -- U.S. banking giant Chase said it would work with customers who had trouble paying bills when the company's online service failed this week.

Accessing accounts through the Internet failed for more than 24 hours, ending Wednesday morning, but customers after that still reported on-again, off-again success logging in, The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

In the digital world, seconds are all but tangible. Celent industry analyst Jacob Jegher said Chase's outage was "an eternity in the online world."

At Chase, 16.5 million customers use their online services, the newspaper said. Bank spokesman Tom Kelly said, "Whatever the issue is, we're happy to talk with them."

Drug-buy text mistakenly sent to cops

Helena, Mont. -- Sending a text message in search of a marijuana purchase almost landed two Helena, Mont., teens in trouble when it accidentally went to a deputy sheriff.`

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Leo Dutton thought someone was playing a joke on him when he got a text message saying "Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?" the Helena Independent Record reported.

After realizing the message wasn't a joke, Dutton called the Missouri River Drug Task Force, and a detective pretending to be the dealer arranged to meet the sender at a north-end business.

Winn-Dixie hit by downturn and discounters

Jacksonville, Fla. -- U.S. retail analysts said grocery chain Winn-Dixie was likely in trouble, besieged by discounters on one side and a poor economy on the other.

Market analyst Scott Mushkin at Jefferies & Co. said, "The future's not so great" for the retailer that is banking on store-remodeling to help pull it out of a slump, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

"I've always said … that the issues around Winn-Dixie were an issue with the brand and the fact that the brand had been tarnished. And I've always said that the more you grow the base of remodeled stores, the more word is going to get out that Winn-Dixie is a place to shop," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter Lynch said in a conference call earlier this year.

Turkey makes fans, trouble in Ill.

Lake Bluff,, Ill. -- A turkey has been making trouble for motorists in a suburban Chicago community but residents said they have become fond of the local bird celebrity.

Jackie Gronau, 26, whose parents own gift store Peg Ann Kompany in Lake Bluff, Ill., said the store has sold about 450 buttons and 350

In a vote, Goldman Sachs has trouble

New York -- A survey conducted by Argyle Executive Forum found if it came down to a vote, New York financial giant Goldman Sachs, accused of fraud, could be in trouble.

Argyle did not release the size of the polling sample but said a recent survey of business leaders found 55.2 percent of respondents indicated they felt Goldman Sachs was guilty.

Goldman has said it would contest the charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday that say the bank sold mortgage-backed securities designed to fail, as they were picked by a hedge fund manager who was betting against the housing market.

Goldman executives said Tuesday the hedge fund manager, John Paulson, was not involved in selecting the securities investments.