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  1. How Sustainable Is Whole Foods' Competitive Advantage? (WFM)

    Whole Foods Market has built an economic moat on strong brand identity, but it could be threatened by large grocers entering ...
  2. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future. ...
  3. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  4. 4 Key Elements To Create A Successful Trading Plan

    A successful trading plan addresses four key elements of trading: prediction, timing, volatility and risk.
  5. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  6. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  7. Cash Flow: The Secret to Organizing Your Finances

    A careful analysis of cash flow and spending are two crucial steps toward forming a realistic savings or retirement plan. ...
  8. How Is a Business Valued on "Shark Tank?"

    How entrepreneurs and the Sharks value a business likely takes into account present value, future value, the value of companies ...
  9. ATI: How Allegheny Technologies' Stock Price Rose 17% in 6 Months

    Allegheny Technologies' stock price rose 17% in the first six months of 2016, thanks to a favorable earnings report and improving ...
  10. Top 5 Wheat Stocks of 2016 (ADM, MON)

    There is limited exposure to pure plays in wheat for stock investors, but here are the top five wheat-market-related equities ...
  11. Buying Seadrill Stock? Risks & Opportunities to Consider (SDRL)

    Seadrill Ltd. offers investors a wealth of potential capital gains, but also poses major investor risks in 2016.
  12. Stratasys Stock: 5 Things to Watch (SSYS)

    Stratasys' returns will depend on its ability to return to revenue growth and profitability, and investors must understand ...
  13. AAPL: Apple Dividend Analysis

    Apple's dividend has had healthy growth ever since its 2012 reinstatement, thanks to Apple's continuously rising revenue, ...
  14. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    As people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before. Why and what to watch for.
  15. Will the U.S. Election Really Matter for Markets?

    Find out why the U.S. election may have less of an impact on markets than many are expecting.
  16. Most Profitable Auto Companies of 2016 (TM, GM)

    Coming off a six-year boom in the the auto industry, five stalwarts have remained among the most profitable auto companies ...
  17. How The NFL Makes Money

    The National Football League is the most successful sports league in the world. How does the NFL make money, and what is ...
  18. Most Profitable Health Care Companies of 2016 (GILD, JNJ)

    All four of the most profitable health care companies listed on U.S. exchanges reported net income exceeding $2 billion during ...
  19. AET: How Aetna's Stock Price Rose 13% in 6 Months

    This review of an analysis of Aetna's stock price performance through the first part of 2016 explains the stock's general ...
  20. MannKind Stock: 3 Things to Watch (MNKD)

    Investors in Mannkind should monitor expense growth, liquidity ratios and book value as the company is threatened by bankruptcy ...
  21. Has the U.S. Treasuries Bubble Started to Pop?

    The sell-off represents the highest interest rate level since June, and some see it as a sign that the rally in bond prices ...
  22. Top 3 Nuclear Stocks of 2016 (EXC, CCJ)

    Nuclear power may be seeing a resurgence in 2016 and beyond, and there are three top nuclear stocks for investors to watch ...
  23. Chart of the Week: The Truth About Climate-Aware Investing

    Climate-aware investing does not have to mean compromising on traditional goals of maximizing investment returns, as this ...
  24. Most Profitable Construction Companies of 2016 (DHI, LEN)

    All four of the most profitable construction companies in the United States reported net income exceeding $200 million during ...
  25. Behind Lumber Liquidators' 44% Rise in 10 Years (LL)

    Lumber Liquidators' stock rose rapidly from its IPO to its 2013 high, but slowing growth and product quality scandal caused ...
  26. Top 5 Iron Ore Stocks of 2016 (VALE, BHP)

    Iron ore has enjoyed a sharp upsurge in prices in 2016 that has resulted in triple-digit percentage gains for some of the ...
  27. SUNEQ: Why SunEdison's Stock Price Fell 97% in 6 Months

    SunEdison's stock price has cratered 97% over the last six months. Many famous fund managers experienced steep losses in ...
  28. Top 5 Cosmetics Stocks of 2016 (EL, ULTA)

    Even in an uncertain economy, sales of personal care and beauty products remain strong, and cosmetics stocks continue to ...
  29. IBM: Dividend Analysis

    Even with declining revenue and earnings, IBM dividends have been on the rise thanks to the company's ample cash flow from ...
  30. With Election Looming, Fundamentals & Fed Matter for Investors

    This has been an unusual election in the United States, to say the least. We discuss some of the potential investment implications ...
  31. Credit Crunch Trends: 7 Countries Feeling the Pain

    Seven years after the global recession, several countries are on the brink of insolvency with heavy debt burden.
  32. Most Profitable Beer Companies of 2016

    AB InBev, Ambev, Heineken, Carlsberg and Molson Coors are among the largest brewers by sales volume and should deliver the ...
  33. Top 5 Computer Stocks of 2016 (AAPL, HPQ)

    In the technology sector, there are a number of both hardware and software computer stocks for investors to consider adding ...
  34. Top 10 Stocks Under $10 in 2016 (ELMD, HL)

    When selecting growth stocks as portfolio candidates, consider small companies with strong fundamentals and share prices ...
  35. Key Financial Ratios for Pharmaceutical Companies

    Because of the unique requirements for bringing products to market, pharmaceutical industry stocks are best analyzed by using ...
  36. Understanding Pfizer's Capital Structure (PFE)

    Pfizer has managed to return capital with dividends and share buybacks under limited debt use while the business faced declining ...
  37. Understanding Google's Capital Structure (GOOG)

    With Google becoming Alphabet, the company's internet business and other ventures remain the same under a capital structure ...
  38. Most Profitable IT Companies of 2016 (GOOG, MSFT)

    Each of the five most profitable IT companies reported net income exceeding $2 billion per quarter in the first half of the ...
  39. MRK: How Merck's Stock Price Rose 31.42% in 6 Months

    After sinking 6.99% during calendar year 2015, Merck's stock price soared 31.42% during the six-month period between Feb. ...
  40. Understanding Facebook's Capital Structure (FB)

    Facebook's strong revenue and earnings have allowed solid expansion of the company's equity capitalization, resulting in ...
  41. Is Groupon a Legitimate Business? (GRPN)

    Groupon still isn't profitable, and the legitimacy of its business model has come into question. Find out why it is legitimate ...
  42. Behind United Airline's 91.6% Rise in 10 Years (UAL)

    United Continental's stock has been impacted by oil prices and economic cycles, but its statistical correlation to the market ...
  43. Understanding Coca-Cola's Capital Structure (KO)

    Since the crisis of 2008 and the implementation of an accommodative monetary policy by the Fed, Coca-Cola's capital structure ...
  44. AXP: How American Express' Stock Price Fell 11% in 6 Months

    American Express's stock price has taken investors on an up-and-down ride in the first half of 2016, but the overall trend ...
  45. Behind BlackBerry's 70% Decline in 10 Years (BBRY)

    BlackBerry's shares lost 70% of their market value over a 10-year span because poor competitive strategies led to poor financial ...
  46. Most Profitable Computer Companies of 2016 (AAPL, IBM)

    The list of the five most profitable computer companies during 2016 includes three brands that dominated the desktop market ...
  47. Once Again, It’s Too Quiet Out There

    Russ discusses what's behind the unusually low volatility in the markets, and what could bring an end to the days of calm.
  48. Top 5 Communication Stocks of 2016 (T, CSCO)

    Note how the fundamentals of communication stocks compare with industry averages, when searching for portfolio candidates ...
  49. WYNN: How Wynn Resorts' Stock Price Rose 23% in 6 Months

    Wynn Resorts' stock price has steadily climbed higher in the first half of 2016, outperforming both the industry average ...
  50. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  51. Top 5 HVAC Stocks of 2016 (FIX, IR)

    The HVAC industry is projected to show substantial worldwide growth through 2022. Here are five of the industry's top-performing ...
  52. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  53. Understanding Bank of America's Capital Structure (BAC)

    For banks, especially large banks such as Bank of America, capital structure has to both meet funding needs and satisfy the ...
  54. Behind Delta's 46.4% Rise in 10 Years (DAL)

    Delta Air Lines stock has been highly correlated to its close peers, as crude oil price remains an important driver of financial ...
  55. What's Behind Walmart's 10 Year Stock Performance (WMT)

    The key factors behind the stock performance of Walmart Stores Inc. between 2006 and 2016.
  56. A Guide on the Risk-Adjusted Discount Rate

    When a project or investment faces higher amounts of risk or uncertainty, it may be appropriate to utilize the risk-adjusted ...
  57. EA: How Electronic Arts' Stock Price Rose 10% in 6 Months

    After a dip at the start of the year, Electronic Arts' stock price has climbed to a new record high in the first six months ...
  58. Panera Stock: 5 Things to Watch (PNRA)

    Investors should monitor statistics measuring growth, profitability and refranchising initiative.
  59. SDRL: How Seadrill's Stock Price Fell 10 % in 6 Months

    Seadrill's stock price hit an all-time low in early 2016, but recovered sharply along with oil prices, and remains a potential ...
  60. Behind Coke's 114% Rise in 10 Years (KO)

    KO returned 114% between July 2006 and July 2016, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index returned 75.3%
  61. Top Value Stocks of 2016 (URBN, PG)

    Remember that value stocks are not always trading near their 52-week lows. Focus on the five key fundamentals for finding ...
  62. Behind Southwest Airline's 120% Rise in 10 Years (LUV)

    Analyze Southwest Airlines' stock price history to determine the relationships between LUV and market conditions and financial ...
  63. Behind Rite Aid's 66.3% Rise in 10 Years (RAD)

    Examine Rite Aid's stock price history to determine how financial results and market correlation have influenced its shares.
  64. Understanding Verizon's Capital Structure (VZ)

    Verizon has a highly leveraged capital structure, and this debt capitalization and the company's equity have affected its ...
  65. How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really ...
  66. The Elusive Spark Needed for the Rally to Continue

    Against most expectations, U.S. stocks are turning in a respectable performance this year. The S&P 500 is now up 7% year-to-date, ...
  67. Top 5 Consumer Electronics Stocks of 2016 (AAPL, PLT)

    The fundamentals for particular consumer electronics stocks are important when considering investing in a company producing ...
  68. Understanding Amazon's Capital Structure (AMZN)

    Following the 2008 financial crisis, many companies, including Amazon, have been increasing their leverage, causing significant ...
  69. How Green Dot Works and Makes Money (GDOT)

    Green Dot Corp. is dominating the general purpose reloadable payment card industry, offering two of the highest-rated prepaid ...
  70. Top 5 Oil Drilling Stocks of 2016 (PKD, PTEN)

    Learn about the top five oil-drilling stocks of 2016 and why risk-tolerant investors should consider them if they are bullish ...
  71. Why These 2 Stocks Are Speculative for Boomers (FB, BAC)

    Learn why popular stocks such as Facebook and Bank of America are highly speculative and fraught with risk for baby boomer ...
  72. Who Is Driving Fitbit's Management Team? (FIT)

    These four members of Fitbit’s management team have worked together to help double and triple the company's revenues and ...
  73. Top 5 Timber Stocks of 2016 (WY, PCH)

    These five stocks offer appealing investments in the timber industry, based on dividend yield, financial health, valuation ...
  74. Top 5 Coal-Mining Stocks of 2016 (CLF, BHP)

    In an industry under stress, but still dominant in energy generation, these coal producers could prove to be diamonds in ...
  75. Behind Encana's 82.3% Fall in 10 Years (ECA)

    Encana's stock price has moved with other energy firms, though production mix, the Cenovus spinoff and financial results ...
  76. Understanding IBM's Capital Structure

    The shift to the cloud is challenging IBM's traditional on-site server and software-installation business, pressuring its ...
  77. The Reason for GoPro's 59.6% Fall Since Its IPO (GPRO)

    GoPro's shares have fallen 59.6% since the IPO in 2016, with performance primarily shaped by falling valuations amid outlook ...
  78. Top 5 Gold Mining Stocks of 2016 (EGO, NEM)

    Obtain information and analysis on five of the top-performing gold mining stocks thus far in 2016.
  79. U.S Companies are Hoarding $1.7 Trillion in Cash

    Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and other U.S. companies are hoarding billions of dollars in cash. Here's a look at what they do ...
  80. Top 5 Auto Stocks of 2016 (TTM, GM)

    Investors seeking exposure to the cyclical automotive industry can choose from stocks exhibiting a variety of characteristics ...
  81. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Banks' Bottom Lines

    Examine the impacts of low interest rates on banking industry profits and find out if negative interest rates will have a ...
  82. Top 5 Drug Stocks of 2016 (ABBV, JNJ)

    Discover analyses of the top five drug stocks, and learn why investors should consider these stocks due to the stocks' attractive ...
  83. Behind Sunedison's 99.5% Loss in 10 Years (SUNEQ)

    Examine the volatile history of SunEdison to determine how restructuring, fluctuating financial results and bankruptcy have ...
  84. Top 7 Companies Owned by Louis Vuitton (LVMUY)

    Find out about the top companies owned by LVMH, usually referred to as Louis Vuitton. Top LVMH companies include Marc Jacobs ...
  85. Why Investors Believe Amazon's Long-Term Growth Story (AMZN)

    Amazon is highly valued as a growth company primarily because it has broadened e-commerce and continued technological innovation.
  86. Understanding Apple's Capital Structure

    The technology behemoth has completely revamped its capital structure, taking advantage of ZIRP and issuing billions of dollars ...
  87. Most Profitable Oil and Gas Companies of 2016 (PSPX, TEP)

    The most profitable oil and gas sector firms, including those with the highest margins and those with the most net income.
  88. Top Small-Cap Stocks for 2016 (TPC, RMBS)

    Consider capital appreciation opportunities available from small-cap stocks with low price-earnings ratios despite strong ...
  89. 2016's Most Promising Stocks

    Do not underestimate the growth potential of mega-cap stocks. With reduced risk as an extra benefit, these are some of the ...
  90. Top 5 Solar Power Stocks of 2016 (SPWR, FSLR)

    Examine five solar power stocks with companies in the solar industry with attractive characteristics or potential. Assess ...
  91. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis is His Key to Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  92. Behind T-Mobile's 166% Rise Since Its 2013 IPO (TMUS)

    Analyze T-Mobile's stock price history to determine which factors influenced shares. Discover financial results and acquisition ...
  93. Top 5 IT Stocks of 2016

    Pay attention to the fundamentals of the highest-flying IT stocks. While their P/E ratios might suggest bargain prices, other ...
  94. 3 Legg Mason Mutual Funds with Long Track Records

    Discover three Legg Mason mutual funds with long track records. Read a summary of each fund, as well as performance and manager ...
  95. What's Behind JetBlu's 63.5% Rise in 10 Years

    While the share price of the regional airline operator generally followed the direction of the broader markets, it's outperformance ...
  96. CAPM vs. Arbitrage Pricing Theory: How They Differ

    Both project the expected rate of return given the level of risk assumed, but they consider different variables.
  97. The 4 Basic Elements of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  98. The Top 5 Personal Finance Experts to Follow in 2016

    Here is a look at five money and investing experts who can help you reach your financial goals for 2016.
  99. Behind McDonald's 283% Rise in 10 Years (MCD)

    Take a look behind McDonald's share price history to determine what drives the stock.
  100. My Travel Notes on Canadian Bonds

    We take a closer look at foreign bond markets and what investors are doing in them. Today, we focus on Canada.
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