Fool's School

Know When to Sell

    It's important to think things through before buying a stock, but you need to think about when to sell it, too. Otherwise, you might end up holding onto a stinker for far too long. Full Story

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Name That Company y

    I started out in aircraft in the 1930s. Today I'm a global security giant that rakes in nearly $34 billion yearly, offering aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

I.P. Oh No …

    In 2004, a friend told me about a broadband provider that was soon going to go public (via an initial public offering, or IPO) for $1 per share. I bought more than 1,000 shares. The stock tripled, and my friend advised me to sell. Full Story

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Intrinsic vs. Market Value

    Q What's the difference between intrinsic value and market value? — C.B., Farmington, N.M. A That's a critical concept for investors to understand. Imagine Acme Explosives Co. (ticker: KBOOM). Full Story

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It's All About Price & Quality

    The task of finding good companies to invest in all comes down to two questions: (1) Is this a strong, high-quality company? (2) Is the company's stock priced attractively right now? Full Story

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Name That Company

    The chain that shares my name was started in 1950 in Quincy, Mass., and is today the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving more than 3 million customers each day in nearly 9,000 eateries. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

Monsanto: Seeds of Growth

    Monsanto's (NYSE: MON) recent earnings report revealed sales of its herbicide Roundup down 21 percent year over year. That's quite a change from its year-earlier 85 percent jump. Should investors worry? Not really. Full Story

Fool's School

The Churned Investor

    Old-fashioned dairy farms and Wall Street have something in common: churning. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Patience Pays

    The first stock I bought years ago was Merck. It went down for two years, starting the day after my purchase. I sold, losing 34 percent of my investment, and then it went back up and split, and on and on. I bought Philip Morris and sold too soon. Full Story

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    Morningstar's Ratings Q I'm confused by Morningstar's star ratings for stocks. I've seen a company that has lost 72 percent of its value this year rated as three stars (out of five), Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    My roots go back to 1865, when Fredrik Idestam, a mining engineer, established a wood-pulp mill in Finland. Full Story

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Name That Company

    I was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, whose initials form part of my name. He began by buying matches in bulk as a child and reselling them individually, before moving on to selling seeds, fish and ballpoint pens. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was born in 1913, when five Californians (a banker, miner, bookkeeper, lawyer and purveyor of wood and coal) pooled $500 to create the Electro-Alkaline Co., America's first commercial liquid bleach maker. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

Coca-Cola in China

    Citing Coca-Cola's "market dominance in carbonated soft drinks" in China, the nation's Ministry of Commerce recently rejected Coke's bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group (CHJ), fearing that the acquisition would limit competition in China's jui Full Story

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Name That Company

    I was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, whose initials form part of my name. He began by buying matches in bulk as a child and reselling them individually, before moving on to selling seeds, fish and ballpoint pens. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

Coca-Cola in China

    Citing Coca-Cola's "market dominance in carbonated soft drinks" in China, the nation's Ministry of Commerce recently rejected Coke's bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group (CHJ), fearing that the acquisition would limit competition in China's jui Full Story

Fool's School

Cast Those Proxy Votes

    If you own shares of stock in individual companies (as opposed to through mutual funds), you've probably received proxy voting materials — ballots that arrive once a year along with your annual report. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Profits Reversed

    My buying 2,000 shares of a company for 65 cents per share in 1996 based on a cocktail party tip was very dumb. Two years later, the company executed a onefor six reverse stock split, leaving me with 333 shares. Full Story

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Insiders Selling

    Q I saw that some insiders at Activision Blizzard have recently sold about 3 million shares of its stock. When insiders sell thousands or millions of shares, who are the buyers? — P.D., Biloxi, Miss. Full Story

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Insiders Selling

    Q I saw that some insiders at Activision Blizzard have recently sold about 3 million shares of its stock. When insiders sell thousands or millions of shares, who are the buyers? — P.D., Biloxi, Miss. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was born in 1913, when five Californians (a banker, miner, bookkeeper, lawyer and purveyor of wood and coal) pooled $500 to create the Electro-Alkaline Co., America's first commercial liquid bleach maker. Full Story

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Fool's School

Cast Those Proxy Votes

    If you own shares of stock in individual companies (as opposed to through mutual funds), you've probably received proxy voting materials — ballots that arrive once a year along with your annual report. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Profits Reversed

    My buying 2,000 shares of a company for 65 cents per share in 1996 based on a cocktail party tip was very dumb. Two years later, the company executed a onefor six reverse stock split, leaving me with 333 shares. Full Story

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Time to Invest?

    "Now is the time to invest and get rich." Those were Warren Buffett's words back in 1974. He turned out to be right. Earlier this decade, he warned about insane stock valuations during the Internet bubble and the dangers of derivatives. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

$350 for a Risky Idea

    My dad's broker just tried to talk me into buying Citigroup for him. Gads, what a mess. He also gets $350 a trade. Little does he know that next month the account is being transferred to USAA's brokerage for much lower trading commissions. Full Story

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Annual Reports

    Q What's an annual report good for? Does it give intrinsic and market values for a stock? — M.S., Adrian, Mich. A Annual reports can serve investors well. Full Story