As I survey yesterday's round of earnings reports, there's not a lot of good news out there. New York Times Co. reported a 27% hit to ad revenue, and the current quarter looks no better. Merck's
Still, some select firms are managing to shine this earnings season. I'm not talking about the highly questionable "profits" being booked by folks like Bank of America
First up is gaming technology shop WMS Industries
Next up is pawn and payday lender First Cash Financial Services
Third, we've got a sleepy-sounding chemical concern called Stepan
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