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Morningstar Analyst Research: The Week In Stocks

Fourth-quarter earnings reports shed new light on firms' outlook.

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It's earnings season, and Morningstar's team of stock analysts have been busy poring over financial results, listening to company conference calls, and updating their research reports on firms' investment potential. In some cases, quarterly earnings results confirm what we already knew: Some companies look like great investments. Other times, however, the earnings raise red flags about a firm's long-term investment potential. In the most recent Analyst Updates below, we discuss the winners and the losers.

  • Analyst Todd Bernier classified troubled Motorola's (MOT) fourth-quarter earnings report as "miserable." Find out how hard it will be for the cell-phone maker to get it's act together.
  • Bad weather, high fuel prices, and labor disputes took their toll on airline companies' earnings in the fourth-quarter, but analyst Justin Craib-Cox thinks Southwest Airlines (LUV) may have good long-term potential.
  • Eastman Kodak (EK) may be a favorite stock of star fund manager Bill Miller of Legg Mason Value (LMNVX), but lack-luster earnings and a weak 2001 outlook make us skeptical that this film giant will turn things around.
  • Handspring (HAND), which makes those trendy handheld computers and other gadgets, had very encouraging news in its latest earnings report. But is the company's outlook solid enough to justify its current stock price? We're not so sure.

Laura Pavlenko Lutton does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.