September’s Most Dangerous Stocks Report Released to Public Today

September’s Most Dangerous Stocks report is now available to the public. 6 new stocks were added this month.

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September’s Most Attractive Stocks Released to the public today

September’s Most Attractive Stocks list is now available to the public. 13 new stocks were added this month.

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“Earnings Accretion” Is a Mirage: Sell HOLX

Sometimes when I analyze a stock, I am reminded of the marvels that investment bankers can do for their valuations, especially if the company is a good client. With its recent $3.7 billion acquisition of Gen-Probe, I would bet that Hologic (HOLX) made its investment bankers quite happy. Investors, on the contrary, should sell the stock and not be happy with that deal.

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The Danger Zone Pick: 9/4/12

My Danger Zone pick this week is also my Stock Pick of the Week. Listen to all the details in my weekly interview with MarketWatch’s Chuck Jaffe.

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The High-Low Fallacy: Don’t Believe the Merger Hype

One of the biggest misconceptions in the investing world is that the merit of an acquisition should be judged by whether or not it is “earnings accretive”. The impact of an acquisition on a company’s accounting earnings is not indicative of its economic value to shareholders.

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A Value Investor’s Classic: Phillip Morris (PM)

My last recommendation was new to the value-investing club (see Buy CSCO: A Treat For Value Investors). This week, I bring back a classic value stock: Phillip Morris (PM).

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The Importance of Expectations – The Question that Bears Repeating: What’s Priced In?

As detailed in “How To Make Money Picking Stocks”, quantifying the future cash flow expectations embedded in stock prices is critical to making an informed investment decision.

My mentor, Michael Mauboussin, in his latest piece: ” The Importance of Expectations – The Question that Bears Repeating: What’s Priced In?” explains more eloquently than I that the key to successful investing is to systematically distinguish between price and value – two very distinct concepts.

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My Top Picks on MoneyLife’s Market Call

I explain key details behind our uniquely rigorous research process.
I also cover my top picks and pans in the “Hold It Or Fold It” portion of my interview with host Chuck Jaffe.

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The “Danger Zone” for Week of 8/27/2012

Really enjoyed my first edition of the “Danger Zone” for Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife radio show.
MGM Grand (MGM) is in the first stock to put in the Danger Zone.

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Citigroup (C) and Bank Of America (BAC) Dropped from Most Dangerous List

For the first time in many months, both Citigroup (C) and Bank Of America (BAC) are not on our Most Dangerous Stocks list as of the release of the August report.

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Free report for Ask Matt, Exxon Mobil (XOM) – Very Attractive Rating

Exxon was my Stock Pick of the Week last week. Here is an excerpt from my article: “Buying Exxon Mobil (XOM) now is one of the easiest calls in the market these days…”

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Buy CSCO: A Treat For Value Investors

Seldom do value investors get a chance to have their cake and eat it too. And that is exactly what we have with Cisco (CSCO) stock.

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Slow & Steady Wins The Race: Buy XOM

Sometimes, picking stocks is easy if you focus on the basic principles of cash flows, valuation and competitive advantage.

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Risk Gets Lighter, Opportunity Gets Bigger for Weight Watchers

One of the best “win-win” combinations in today’s world is Weight Watcher International’s (WTW) stock.

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Make Money By Losing Weight: Buy WTW

One of the best “win-win” combinations in today’s world is Weight Watcher International’s (WTW) stock.

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Starbucks (SBUX) Plunge Is Beginning Of Bad Trend

When stocks are priced for perfection as SBUX is, they are very risky. Just look at today’s 10%+ drop in SBUX shares in a market that is up 1%.
My regular readers know that I have, for a while, warned investors that SBUX was overpriced and due for a correction. See “Get Off the SBUX Bandwagon Before It Crashes”.

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Fox TV Interview: How To Make Money In This Market

Yesterday, on Fox Business’s After The Bell, I shared my market outlook and strategy for making money in the current market. Here is the interview.

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3Q Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds – by Style – Recap

Each quarter, we provide the most comprehensive review of equity ETFs and mutual funds available. We review the Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds by sector and style.
This article provides quick access to all our reports on Style funds.

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Cheap Funds Dupe Investors: 3Q12

Fund holdings affect fund performance more than fees or past performance. A cheap fund is not necessarily a good fund. A fund that has done well in the past is not likely to do well in the future (e.g. 5-star kiss of death). Yet, traditional fund research focuses only on low fees and past performance.

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Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: Small-cap Value Style

The small-cap value style ranks last out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my style roadmap. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 16 ETFs and 311 mutual funds in the small-cap value style as of July 20, 2012.

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