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September 13, 2004
Campaign Finance

Which presidential candidate is more apt to boost the fortunes of your portfolio? Before you answer “W.,” do the math.

August 23, 2004
Health South

Health-care stocks are headed downward whether Bush or Kerry wins this fall.

August 9, 2004
Baby Bulls

The broad market indexes may be stuck in bear mode, but a pack of small, little-known stocks are charging ahead.

June 21, 2004
Viacom SOS

Mel Karmazin jumped ship, giving the entertainment company a perfect chance to change its business model. Ad sales are out. Geeks are in.

June 7, 2004
Blue Light Special

Or why Kmart—the downscale, beleaguered retailer everyone loves to hate—is the next Berkshire Hathaway.

May 24, 2004
Bear With Us

Low interest rates, strong job growth, and rosy corporate profits usually spell a bull market. So why are the grizzlies on the loose?

April 19, 2004
Ogling Google

The hit dot-com’s IPO seems to present the most attractive stock opportunity in years, but do a little searching and you’ll find potential trouble in the making.

April 5, 2004
Book Learning

Bookkeeping problems used to mark a stock as a must-sell. Today, when a company comes clean about creative accounting, it can signal an attractive bargain.

March 15, 2004
Analyze This

Wall Street reforms have succeeded in making stock analysts less corrupt. But that doesn’t mean they’re less-often wrong.

March 1, 2004
Mouse Hunting

The Disney–Comcast deal makes sense for everyone. So why hasn’t it happened? With the canny Roberts family at Comcast’s helm, who says it won’t?

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