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MannKind Shares Plunged: 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.What: Shares of biopharmaceutical company MannKind (Nasdaq: MNKD) went on a roller-coaster ride today climbing slowly throughout the day before crashing 10% late in the day.

Is Bunge's Stock Cheap 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:

  • The current price multiples
  • The consistency of past earnings and cash flow
  • How much growth we can expect

Is Vulcan Materials' Stock a Bargain 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:

  • The current price multiples
  • The consistency of past earnings and cash flow
  • How much growth we can expect

These Underdogs Are No Dogs

Short-sellers and hedge funds may be shadowy, but sometimes they are the smartest guys in the room. They've done their homework, and they're willing to bet their capital against the crowd -- an investing strategy that can be as lucrative as it is contrarian.

Hidden Stocks for High Returns

Like the song says, investors are looking for stocks to love in all the wrong places. They'll pile into the momentum stocks everyone else buys, but ignore lesser-known opportunities for fear of straying from the crowd.

Yet the search for undiscovered jewels has informed many of our Motley Fool Hidden Gems picks, from Guess? to Infinera. Overlooked by Wall Street and Main Street, and thus undervalued, these stocks hold the best potential to deliver outsized returns.

What Shorts Might Be Watching at Rockwell Collins

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

The Case for Shorting Weatherford International

I'm a believer in growth stocks. As an analyst for our Motley Fool Rule Breakers service, I think you should be a believer, too. But even I have to admit some growth stories are bogus, hence this regular series.

Oil Spill Containment in the Spotlight

What's it going to take to prevent another disastrous oil spill in the Gulf? That's a difficult question that industry professionals and regulators are wrestling with daily.

6 Stocks a Top Tech CEO Is Watching

Savvis (Nasdaq: SVVS) CEO Jim Ousley keeps a close eye on the technology field. He maintains a watchlist to monitor the competitive landscape, but also for personal reasons -- roughly half of his investment portfolio is made up of tech stocks. With more than 35 years' experience leading global technology companies, "At least I should have a decent understanding of the field," jokes Ousley, who chatted with me this morning.

RBC Bearings Passes This Key Test

There's no foolproof way to know the future for RBC Bearings (Nasdaq: ROLL) 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.