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11 Lumps of Coal to Leave for Good

 If Santa Claus had the spare time to dabble in investing, he might consider leaving the following stocks in naughty kids' stockings in lieu of lumps of coal:

 

3 Top Stocks at Half Price

 You love buying your shirts when they go on sale. And who can resist a buy-one-get-one-free offer? So when our stocks go on sale, why do we bemoan their low prices? Smart investors like Warren Buffett or Marty Whitman love it when their stocks are suddenly selling at bargain-basement prices. For them, these companies become no-brainer buys.

 

Is Arbitron Going to Burn You?

 

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




Steven Madden Passes This Key Test

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Steven Madden (Nasdaq: SHOO) 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.

 

Shares of Regional Banks 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.

Lockheed to Pentagon: Take the Carrot ... or Else


I'll state this plainly: Whether or not you want to own Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) depends entirely on the fate of its trillion-dollar warplane, the F-35 Lightning II. It's really as simple as that -- a trillion dollars (or more) in future program costs makes Lockheed a "buy." Any number significantly smaller than that means the stock is probably a "sell."

Is Evergreen Solar Near The End?


If you've been watching Evergreen Solar's(Nasdaq: ESLR) stock price, you may be wondering how long it will be until this stock hits zero. The recent slide accelerated after the company announced a recapitalization plan and fellow Fool Anders Bylund didn't have a positive response to the plan. As a shareholder I was less than pleased about the likely dilution -- and everything was made worse by a stock price that keeps plummeting.

8 Stocks That Let You Sleep at Night


Some stocks have such powerful management teams, brands, and histories of innovation that you can buy 'em without worrying you're going to lose too much sleep at night. Although no stock's without risk, these eight companies possess such strong positive attributes it seems silly to agonize too much over short-term concerns.


Is Raytheon Going to Burn You?


There's no foolproof way to know the future for Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) 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 McKesson Is Making So Much for You

 Margins matter. The more McKesson (NYSE: MCK) 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 McKesson's competitive position could be.