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Are Shorts Watching MeadWestvaco?

Seth Jayson
May 17, 2013

There's no foolproof way to know the future for MeadWestvaco (NYSE: MWV  ) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result.

A cloudy crystal ball
In this series, we use accounts receivable and days sales outstanding to judge a company's current health and future prospects. It's an important step in separating the pretenders from the market's best stocks. Alone, AR -- the amount of money owed the company -- and DSO -- the number of days' worth of sales owed to the c