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  1. Twitter Stock: An Earnings Case Study (TWTR)

    Note how Twitter’s own messaging platform played a role in causing its April 2015 earnings disappointment, bringing sustained ...
  2. Apple Stock: An Earnings Case Study (AAPL)

    Discover an earnings case study on Apple, and learn about its EPS and revenue growth rates, and what analysts are projecting ...
  3. Thoughts from John Hussman on Markets

    Find out what famed market forecaster John Hussman, who correctly called the 2000 and 2007 crashes, thinks about the current ...
  4. AMD: Advanced Micro Devices Earnings Case Study

    Read an earnings analysis of AMD. Discover its historical earnings, and get breakdowns of past and future analyst earnings ...
  5. Yahoo! Stock: An Earnings Case Study (YHOO)

    Discover the earnings analysis about Yahoo!, including comments on historical earnings and the breakdown of analysts' past ...
  6. Exxon Stock Up Ahead of Earnings, Hikes Dividend (XOM)

    A downgrade in credit rating Tuesday by Standard & Poor's wasn't enough to keep investors from buying shares of Exxon ...
  7. 4 Challenges China Faces According to PIMCO

    Get the latest thoughts from Luke Spajic, executive vice president and portfolio manager in Singapore for PIMCO, on challenges ...
  8. The Debt Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    Learn more about the rising role of corporate debt among the U.S. consumer discretionary sector, and why shifting monetary ...
  9. Mergers & Acquisitions Report: 2 Trends in the Market

    Learn what attracts buyers and sellers into today's M&A market, as well as what trends are emerging in 2016 by sector ...
  10. Alcoa vs. BHP Billiton: Which Is Better for My Portfolio?

    Obtain an up-to-date overview of BHP Billiton and Alcoa, Inc., two key players for investors seeking exposure to the aluminum ...
  11. The Debt Report: The Energy Sector

    Discover how the energy sector bit off more debt than it could chew, and learn why the energy bond contagion has market analysts ...
  12. Philips Q1 Results Make IPO Spinnoff More Likely (PHG)

    The direction PHG stock takes from here will likely depend on any update the management provides about the company's separation. ...
  13. The Debt Report: The Telecom Sector

    Discover how America's telecommunications providers have been piling on debt since the Great Recession, and how part of the ...
  14. Boeing Stock: An Earnings Case Study (BA)

    Check out the earnings analysis for Boeing, including the company's historical earnings and analysts' past and future earnings ...
  15. The Debt Report: The Consumer Staples Sector

    Learn about the improving stock performance and rising debt-to-asset ratios in the United States blue-chip consumer staples ...
  16. Bridgewater Associates: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover the investment methodologies of Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest and most profitable hedge ...
  17. The Debt Report: The Industrials Sector

    Discover how industrial companies in the United States have added more debt since the Great Recession, which could spell ...
  18. Amazon Stock: An Earnings Case Study (AMZN)

    Read this earnings analysis on Amazon, including comments on the company's historical earnings and breakdown of past and ...
  19. Starbucks Stock: An Earnings Case Study (SBUX)

    Learn how Starbucks has generated sales and earnings growth each year. Consider how the company measures average ticket sales ...
  20. 4 Oil Companies Swimming in Debt to Avoid (HK, SWN)

    Discover which oil and natural gas companies American investors should avoid in 2016, and why the industry is awash with ...
  21. The Debt Report: The Financials Sector

    Take a look at the evolution of debt-to-asset measurements across America's largest financial institutions during the 10 ...
  22. Global Energy: 3 Key Industry Players (SNP, XOM)

    Examine the stocks of some of the most important publicly traded companies in the critically important market sector of energy.
  23. The Debt Report: The Materials Sector

    Find out why the U.S. materials sector has accumulated more and more debt each year between 2011 and 2015, outstripping valuation ...
  24. Does 2016 Spell the End of a Global Debt Cycle?

    Examine the growth of global debt from 2010 to 2015. Emerging market debt has grown significantly, while advanced economy ...
  25. The Debt Report: The Utilities Sector

    Discover how blue chip U.S. utilities companies are using debt, and why it was important for the industry to deleverage after ...
  26. Who Are America's 7-Richest Senators?

    An overview of the seven wealthiest people in the U.S., and how they made their fortunes as well as a look at their various ...
  27. The 2 Top CFOs to Take Companies Public

    Learn why chief financial officers (CFOs) play a greater role in companies today and discover three of the top CFOs today, ...
  28. What Lenders Look At On Your Credit Report

    What do lenders consider when they look at your credit report? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer.
  29. The Financial Future of PPL Corp's Spinoff, Talen Energy (TLN)

    Explore the financial prospects for Talen Energy, the resulting company from PPL Corporation's spinoff, including the impact ...
  30. Singer’s Stake in Allergan Post Deal Breakup (AGN, PFE)

    Paul Singer increased his stake in Allergen by 204.75% in the fourth quarter. How will this impact his portfolio since the ...
  31. SandRidge's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SDOC)

    Learn more about SandRidge Energy, Inc., a history of the company's performance and financial stability through key financial ...
  32. Quickie Small Business Loans

    The banking industry has invested a lot of money into shortening loan approval times from a few weeks to a few minutes, but ...
  33. Englander’s Latest Investments Play Out (QCOM, SUNE)

    Let’s take a closer look at Israel Englander’s fourth quarter investments in QUALCOMM, Inc. and Sunedison Inc.
  34. Fears of Blocked Baker Hughes Deal Pressures Halliburton (HAL, BHI)

    Having federal regulators essentially say "this deal will happen over my dead body" would be a major blow to Halliburton.
  35. 5 Ways Priceline is Scaling Up Its Online Dining Business (PCLN)

    Learn how Priceline is scaling up its online dining business. Consider how the company is leveraging all of its online sites ...
  36. Shrinking Semiconductors, Shrinking Industry (INTC)

    Shrinking transistors are leading to a consolidating semiconductor industry.
  37. Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline for Takeout Bids (YHOO)

    It is now clear Yahoo management no longer believes it can operate as a standalone company.
  38. 5 Reasons to Pay Attention to UnitedHealth's Financials (UNH)

    Find out why you should care about the financial statements for UnitedHealth Group, the nation's leading health carrier, ...
  39. Analyzing Ambarella's Return on Equity (AMBA, GPRO)

    Learn how Ambarella, Inc. ranks among its peers for return-on-equity performance and how it can be used to forecast performance ...
  40. Solar City's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SCTY)

    Learn about SolarCity Corporation and its three key financial ratios that will help you understand its business and financial ...
  41. How Central Banks Monetize Government Debt

    With its massive QE program and more recent adoption of negative interest rates, it looks like the BOJ is monetizing the ...
  42. Dissecting Declarations, Ex-Dividends and Record Dates

    Understanding the dates of the dividend payout process can be tricky. We clear up the confusion.
  43. Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Accredited Investor if the Rules Loosen?

    The definition of accredited investor may expand if the Senate backs the House and approves the Fair Investment Opportunities ...
  44. Inventory Valuation For Investors: FIFO And LIFO

    We go over these methods of calculating this component of the balance sheet, and how the choice affects the bottom line. ...
  45. Adobe Jumps on Strong Earnings (ADBE)

    With these current stock gains, not only is Adobe suddenly eying a new 52-week high, the company's bullish guidance may force ...
  46. Understanding The Cash Conversion Cycle

    Find out how a simple calculation can help you uncover the most efficient companies.
  47. How To Analyze A Company's Financial Position

    Find out how to calculate important ratios and compare them to market value.
  48. The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Learn the differences between these closely related disciplines and how they inform and influence each other.
  49. How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell A Stock's Future

    While the price-to-earnings ratio is commonly used for assessing stock prices, the price/earnings-to-growth ratio offers ...
  50. Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component to analyze ...
  51. VW Emissions Case Piles on More Lawsuits (VLKAY)

    The EPA is seeking billions in fines from VW for breaking emissions standards. Now, institutional investors are lining up ...
  52. Ambarella's 4 Key Financial Ratios (AMBA)

    Discover if shares of beaten-down chip maker Ambarella have been unfairly punished or still have more downside with these ...
  53. Analyzing Kinder Morgan's Return on Equity (KMI, WMB)

    Analyze Kinder Morgan's return on equity (ROE) since 2009, and understand how oil price volatility and a large acquisition ...
  54. Diamond In The Rough: Valero Energy Corporation

    Take a look at Valero Energy Corporation to discover why the stock has outperformed, and may continue to do so, in the energy ...
  55. Altria's 3 Key Financial Ratios (MO)

    Learn about Altria Group, a producer of tobacco products, and learn about its business by taking a closer look at its key ...
  56. Capitol Federal Financial Inc: Time to Invest? (CFFN)

    Take a look at the current position of Capitol Federal Financial stock, with analysis for investors who are considering adding ...
  57. Analyzing Actavis' Price & Profitability Ratios in 2016 (AGN)

    Analyze several price ratios and profitability ratios to evaluate the specialty pharmaceutical company, Allergan PLC.
  58. Wells Fargo's 3 Key Financial Ratios (WFC)

    Look at some of most important financial ratios for with Wells Fargo & Co. and understand why they are so important for ...
  59. Zynga's 3 Key Financial Ratios (ZNGA)

    Analyze the key financial ratios for multimedia and graphics company Zynga, including its return on assets, net margin and ...
  60. Invensense's 3 Key Financial Ratios (INVN)

    Learn why return on equity, return on assets and net margin are InvenSense's key ratios, and discover what these ratios mean ...
  61. Top 5 Positions in David Swensen's Portfolio

    Learn about David Swensen and the top five positions in his portfolio.
  62. Analyzing Kinder Morgan's Debt Ratios in 2016 (KMI)

    Discover detailed analyses of Kinder Morgan's debt ratios, and learn why the company is highly leveraged and may be in poor ...
  63. Tesla's 3 Key Financial Ratios (TSLA)

    Learn about Tesla Motors, Inc. and the company's key financial ratios, such as gross margin, operating margin and inventory ...
  64. Lockheed Martin's 3 Key Financial Ratios (LMT)

    Learn about Lockheed Martin's business by investigating three important financial ratios that determine profitability, return ...
  65. Celgene's 3 Key Financial Ratios (CELG)

    Learn about Celgene Corporation and its key financial ratios, such as the debt-to-equity (D/E) ratio, operating margin and ...
  66. American Airlines’ 3 Key Financial Ratios (AAL)

    Learn about the financial ratios that are important in understanding and evaluating the business and financial statements ...
  67. Understanding Stock Splits

    We explain what they are, the thinking behind them as well as their results.
  68. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  69. How to Calculate Required Rate of Return

    The required rate of return is used by investors and corporations to evaluate investments. Find out how to calculate it. ...
  70. The 4 Cheapest Stocks in the S&P 500 Index

    Analyze the four cheapest stocks in the S&P 500 Index and discover how the U.S. equity market selloff and corporate actions ...
  71. Pfizer's 3 Key Financial Ratios (PFE)

    Learn about three important financial ratios that help understand Pfizer, Inc. business and analyze the company's financial ...
  72. Johnson & Johnson's 3 Key Financial Ratios (JNJ)

    Learn about Johnson & Johnson and its financial ratios, such as operating margin, return on invested capital (ROIC) and ...
  73. 5 Best Stocks in a Rising Rate Environment (TCBI, ZION)

    Get information and current analysis on five of the best potential stocks for investors to consider in a rising interest ...
  74. Free Cash Flow: Free, But Not Always Easy

    Free cash flow is a great gauge of corporate health, but it's not immune to accounting trickery.
  75. Analyzing IBM's Debt Ratios in 2016 (IBM)

    Look over the debt ratios for the IBM Corporation, such as its debt-to-equity ratio, its interest coverage ratio and its ...
  76. Seadrill's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SDRL)

    Analyze the key financial ratios for the offshore drilling company Seadrill, including return on assets (ROA), net margin ...
  77. The Top 5 Positions in Bruce Berkowitz's Portfolio (SHLD, AIG)

    Learn more about successful value investor Bruce Berkowitz, along with information about his hedge fund and the top five ...
  78. China Life Insurance Stock: A Dividend Analysis (LFC)

    Review the dividend policy and balance sheet for China Life Insurance Company Ltd., one of the largest insurance companies ...
  79. Analyzing AT&T's Debt Ratios in 2016 (T)

    Learn about AT&T Inc. and its key debt ratios, such as the debt-to-equity ratio, interest coverage ratio and cash flow-to-debt ...
  80. 3D Systems Corporations’ 4 Key Financial Ratios (DDD)

    Learn about the key ratios for analyzing 3D Systems and find out how analysts measure operational efficiency, growth potential ...
  81. United Continental's 5 Key Financial Ratios (UAL)

    Learn about the financial ratios used to measure liquidity, profitability, cash flow, leverage and capacity utilization for ...
  82. FireEye's 3 Key Financial Ratios (FEYE)

    Learn about FireEye, Inc.'s financial ratios, such as gross margin, operating margin and quick ratio, that are helpful to ...
  83. Top 5 Positions in Steve Mandel's Portfolio

    Learn about the top five positions in the billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Mandel's portfolio and fundamental ratios ...
  84. Top 5 Positions in Joel Greenblatt's Portfolio

    Learn about Gotham Asset Management's top holdings.
  85. Delta's 3 Key Financial Ratios (DAL)

    Learn why a smaller sales growth rate is actually good for an airline company such as Delta to achieve a better operating ...
  86. Salesforce.com Posts Q4 Loss, Shares Surge on Outlook (CRM)

    “It was an amazing quarter, it was an amazing year,” said CEO Marc Benioff during the conference call with analysts late ...
  87. Top 5 Positions in Lee Ainslie's Portfolio (LBTYK, ARMK)

    Find out what the top five stocks are in the equity investment portfolio of Lee Ainslie, manager of the Maverick Capital ...
  88. Sales and Revenue Are Up, Why Is Amazon Down? (AMZN)

    Whether it's because of an inefficient stock market or great internal problems, Amazon's stock is down significantly in 2 ...
  89. Analyzing Apple's Debt Ratios in 2016 (AAPL)

    Discover detailed analyses of Apple's four debt ratios over quarterly and annual periods between 2014 and 2015, and learn ...
  90. Analyzing Coca-Cola's Debt Ratios in 2016 (KO)

    Explore analyses of Coca-Cola's three key debt ratios in 2016, and learn why the company may be too aggressive in its financial ...
  91. Is a Recession Coming? Check These Indicators

    These economic indicators may be pointing toward a recession.
  92. These 11 Dow Stocks Are Up Over the Last Year (JNJ, MCD)

    Just 11 stocks in the DJIA have appreciated over the past year. Which (if any) is the best bet?
  93. McKesson Corporation's 3 Key Financial Ratios (MCK)

    Learn about key financial ratios used for analyzing McKesson Corporation and why gross margin, asset turnover and dividend ...
  94. Baidu's 3 Key Financial Ratios (BIDU)

    Learn about Baidu Inc. and how to analyze its operations using financial ratios, such as the debt-to-equity ratio, operating ...
  95. Rite Aid's 4 Key Financial Ratios (RAD)

    Discover important financial ratios helpful in assessing Rite Aid's financial health, efficiency and ability to generate ...
  96. Chesapeake Energy's 3 Key Financial Ratios (CHK)

    Understand how the 2016 energy market rout has impacted Chesapeake' business and its stock value as illustrated by some important ...
  97. Chipotle's 3 Key Financial Ratios (CMG)

    Explore why some financial ratios are most helpful in analyzing Chipotle's business amid its food safety scandal and understand ...
  98. Halliburton's 3 Key Financial Ratios (HAL)

    Explore the financial ratios that are most revealing to Halliburton's economies of scale, critical to the company's competitiveness ...
  99. Johnson Controls’ 3 Key Financial Ratios (JCI)

    Understand why financial ratios support the split of Johnson Controls' auto business from its main building management operations, ...
  100. Kinder Morgan's 3 Key Financial Ratios (KMI)

    Learn how some important financial ratios best explain key parts of Kinder Morgan's business and how any positive change ...
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