It's easy to be a perma-bull on undervalued companies that have solid market positions and strong balance sheets and that generate a lot of free cash. I might be a perma-bull on companies like

Liz Claiborne



Ethan Allen

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Raymond James Financial

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, maybe owning them for 10 years or more.

But being a perma-bear on profitable companies -- many such bears appear to be out there -- makes no sense to me. Given enough time, reasonably well-positioned companies making a reasonable level of profits are going to increase in value.

I've panned a lot of profitable companies in


columns, companies where excess valuations combined with specific catalysts (e.g., end-market weakness) have caused the stocks to suffer.

It's time to change tunes on several of them. I'm not going to make the mistake of being a perma-bear. I'll divide my opinions on these stocks into neutral (no longer bearish), negative (still bearish) and no rating (explained in detail later).

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Arne Alsin is the founder and principal of Alsin Capital Management, an Oregon-based investment advisor specializing in turnaround situations. At time of publication, Alsin and/or ACM was long Liz Claiborne, Ethan Allen and Raymond James, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Alsin appreciates your feedback and invites you to send it to

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