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Medidata Solutions Inc Earnings: 3 Things This Shareholder Is Watching

Between going public in 2009 and February of this year, shares of Medidata Solutions  (NASDAQ: MDSO  ) surged in value almost 700%. Since then, however, the stock has cooled off considerably, falling more than 40%.

Medidata has carved out a lucrative niche with drug companies. It provides cloud solutions to help companies streamline the FDA testing and approval process. While R&D costs are somewhat high right now, the company is able to win over customers and create a situation where switching costs are very high.

That business model enticed me to buy shares in August of last year. Though I have a long-term time horizon, the slideshow below will cover when any type of investor--short, medium, or long term--should be looking for when the company reports earnings later this week.

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Brian Stoffel

Brian Stoffel has been a Fool since 2008, and a financial journalist for the Motley Fool since 2010. He tends to follow the investment strategies of Fool-founder David Gardner, looking for the most innovative companies driving positive change for the future.

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