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TPC Group Shares Popped: 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.


Baidu Gives Them Something to Talk About

 Sina's (Nasdaq: SINA) Weibo is turning heads as China's fast-growing microblogging website, but it's not alone. Chinese search leader Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) is off to a strong start with a new site that blends the microblogging allure of Twitter with the viral nature of Facebook.

 

Tesla Motors' 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.


Top 10 Software Performers 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.

 

Is Medtronic Earning Its Keep?

 Margins matter. The more Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) 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 Medtronic's competitive position could be.

 

Is Kimberly-Clark'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:

 

3 Stocks That Blew the Market Away

 Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports. Every week I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that it's the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.

Does This Make Digital River a Sell?

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Digital River(Nasdaq: DRIV) 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.

 

If You See This, Should You Sell Monster Worldwide?

 

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




Black Swan Hunting for 2011


This article has been adapted from our sister site across the pond, Fool U.K.

The entire point of author Nassim Taleb's ironically now ubiquitous "Black Swan" metaphor was that nobody in the white swan-strewn Old World foresaw the black version of the bird until they encountered Australia, where millions of black swans were waddling about their business.


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