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  • Tile Shop: A Stylish Growth Story

    By Nick Pugleasa - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: TILE, LL, TEX, TTS

    A checklist for a strong emerging growth stock could look similar to this:

    • Solid and invested management team
    • Disrupting an industry
    • Sustainable advantage
    • Clear vision for continued growth

    One stock that meets this criteria is Tile Shop Holdings (NASDAQ: TTS). It offers investors a great opportunity to participate in a growth story that is exhibiting key elements of future success.

    Building the foundation

    At the core of this growth story more »

  • The Market Dislikes These Stocks--Should You?

    By Nick Pugleasa - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, PRLB, UA

    Should a large amount short interest condemn an investment? I do not believe so, and actually want to caution you to avoid automatically disqualifying a stock like that--some could be great opportunities for long term investors.

    Finding the Stocks that Deserve Love

    When you are investing against the shorts, who do you want to have on your side? Well, management would be nice. When I see a heavily shorted stock more »

  • Invest Alongside Management

    By Nick Pugleasa - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, SDRL, BKE

    When investing, I usually gravitate toward companies with high insider ownership, as I view this as one of the most important characteristics of a superior investment. My thought is that these leaders will have an even greater incentive to do what is best for the business - translating into delivering value to shareholders.

    Why does it matter?

    Think of it this way, by being a shareholder you have wealth that depends more »

  • Four Terrific Growth Stories and the Lessons That Can Be Learned

    By Nick Pugleasa - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, COH, INTU, WFM | Editor's Choice

    Four companies with tremendous decade long growth records—and the lessons investors can learn from these stellar performances

  • 3 Contrarian Buys Worth a Look

    By Nick Pugleasa - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: CGX, DECK, INVN

    Want to buy low and sell high?  One way to accomplish this is to buy out-of-favor companies while selling those that everyone is in love with -- in other words being a contrarian.  Although there is no formal criterion for determining if a stock is a contrarian play, there are some indicators that can be a starting point for investors.  In my search, I usually use a criterion of a stock more »

  • A Stock Pick Buffett Would Approve

    By Nick Pugleasa - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: HTLD, JBHT, KNX, MRTN, WERN

    Buffett has many rules when it comes to investing but three of his most well-known criteria for investments are:  easy-to-understand business, strong management team, and a good value.  Heartland Express (NASDAQ: HTLD) meets this criterion; it is a top performer in its industry with a strong management team focused on employees, customers, and shareholders and its stock is selling close to a decade low.  

    Easy-to-Understand

    Heartland Express is a short- more »