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Is SonoSite Working Hard Enough for You?


Margins matter. The more SonoSite (Nasdaq: SONO) 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 SonoSite's competitive position could be.

How Much Is Mattel Worth?


We can't say Mattel (NYSE: MAT) made it through the recession totally unscathed. In 2008, the company saw its margins get crunched and that was followed by a sales dip in 2009. Of course, the weakness Mattel experienced was nothing compared to what many other companies experienced, and through the tough times the company stayed solidly profitable and free-cash-flow-positive.

Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Kinetic Concepts' 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.

Why Zebra Technologies' 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.

Does This Mean SXC Health Solutions Will Burn You?


There's no foolproof way to know the future for SXC Health Solutions (Nasdaq: SXCI) 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.

Here's How Altera Is Making You So Much Cash


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.

Here's How Caterpillar May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) 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 Caterpillar's competitive position could be.

Keep Your Profits Without Missing the Next Rally


After the market meltdown in 2008 and early 2009, the big bounce that investors have seen in stocks has given beaten-down investors some relief after seeing their portfolios suffer big losses. But after a year during which stocks have moved up and down sharply without making much overall progress, many are concerned that the next big move for the market may be down, and they don't want to lose all the money they've earned back.

The Top Internet Stocks of 2010


It's been a pretty kind year to stock investors, with the S&P showing a 12.8% gain in 2010. Of course, kindness might still feel relative after a lost decade of negative returns that included the nauseating depths and panic of the financial crisis.

The Top 10 Networking and Electronics Stocks of 2010

 It’s been a pretty kind year to stock investors, with the S&P showing a 12.7% gain in 2010. Of course, kindness might still feel relative after a lost decade of negative returns that included the nauseating depths and panic of the financial crisis.