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  1. Starbucks Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    Discover the capital structure analysis for Starbucks Corporation, and learn how it generated a 47% increase in enterprise ...
  2. Chesapeake Energy Stock Risess on Q1 Beat (CHK)

    The oil and gas company reported better-than-expected first quarter results that offered hope that a turnaround might be ...
  3. Tesla Stock Climbs Despite Wider Q1 Loss (TSLA)

    Tesla says it expects to produce about 20,000 vehicles in the second quarter, which would be a 30% rise from the first quarter.
  4. Global Junk Bond Defaults on the Rise

    Discover the reasons behind Moody's forecast for a record number of bankruptcies of global high-yield bonds for 2016 and ...
  5. Is Now the Time to Get a Gold IRA?

    Yes, you can invest in actual gold or other precious metals for your IRA. See the special rules for gold IRAs and what to ...
  6. Analyst Ratings Report: Breaking Down the S&P 500 Index (SWN, WFM)

    Learn about Wall Street analysts' 2015 forecasts for the S&P 500 Index, as well as the effects of individual components and ...
  7. SandRidge's 3 Most Profitable Lines of Business (SDOC)

    Learn about the three most profitable lines of business for SandRidge Energy Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration company ...
  8. What to Look for From The Fed

    Once again it is time for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) Board of Governors meeting, and the market is eager to see what ...
  9. Solar Wars: Solar City vs. Verengo Solar vs. Sungevity

    Read about three important players in the growing solar-energy services market, and learn more about their business operations ...
  10. McDonald's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (MCD)

    Find out about five key suppliers for McDonald’s restaurants from hardware and software to coffee importers and how they ...
  11. Re-Emerging Markets?

    If you're wondering when will the emerging markets comeback be? Read on because is still young, but encouraging.
  12. 5 Stocks to Invest in the Decline of Oil Storage Capacity (MMP, EDP)

    Discover five stocks that may likely benefit from the decline of oil storage capacity, and learn about their core business ...
  13. UCO: Crude Oil ETF Performance Case Study

    Explore how double-leveraged exposure to oil prices has affected the performance of the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Goldman Sachs Expects Three Rate Hikes in 2016 (GS)

    Explore the factors surrounding the Fed's recent decision to forgo raising interest rates and uncover Goldman Sachs' prediction ...
  16. AQR Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover the investment strategies and secrets of hedge fund powerhouse AQR Capital Management LLC in the alternative investment ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. (WMB) Who Are the Williams Companies' Main Competitors?

    Discover the main competitive threats to Williams Companies, a natural gas supplier founded in 1908, whose pipelines extend ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 3 Highly Liquid Stocks Under $10 (RF, AUY, SIRI)

    Here are three stocks that would have made you some serious coin over the past three months. They're also highly liquid. ...
  21. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies Your Best Friend Right Now? (TSO, NTI)

    Discover why falling oil prices are causing many oil companies to file for bankruptcy, and how low-debt oil companies and ...
  22. (AA) Who are Alcoa's Main Competitors?

    Learn about the financial profiles and operations of three main competitors to Alcoa Inc. and why this industry is becoming ...
  23. How Do Professionals Forecast Crude Oil Prices?

    Discover how the future price of oil is predicted with a weighted combination of mathematical tools. Economists largely use ...
  24. Don't Focus Too Much on ETF Fees

    Not all funds are created equal, and that goes for ETFs. But investors who only focus on fees associated ETFs can end up ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. One Market Where Oil Doesn’t Really Matter Much

    If you are getting worried that your portfolio will be affected by the recent slide in oil and energy prices, keep reading. ...
  27. 3 Forces Driving Sempra Energy (SRE)

    Discover the factors that contributed to Sempra Energy's positive performance during the first few months of 2016, and what ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. Is the Fed On the Right Track?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve (Fed) missed its window to raise interest rates nearly three years ago, when conditions ...
  30. Why It’s Time for More Caution Toward Credit

    Learn why it’s time for more caution toward credit, as prices declined and yields increased.
  31. 3 U.S. Equity Market Trends in 2016 (SLX, SPY)

    Learn about three U.S. equity market trends that are impacting stock prices. How these trends resolve will determine winners ...
  32. Where Will Currencies Go From Here?

    We discuss the factors behind these 3 trends: a rising U.S. dollar, a selloff in EM currencies and a weakening yuan, and ...
  33. Starbucks Vs. Dunkin' Donuts: Comparing Business Models (SBUX, DNKN)

    Learn about the business models of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Discover how franchising and growth strategies impact these ...
  34. The Case for Dividend Growers

    In the search for quality income, there is one area to consider as a potential investment opportunity this year—dividend ...
  35. How China Is Affecting BP's Bottom Line

    Discover how and why China's economy is so important to BP plc's financial health and what a slowdown of the country's economy ...
  36. Goldman Sachs Flip Flops On Gold (GS)

    Find out about Goldman Sachs' latest flip-flop on its short-term forecast for gold and the possible reason why it happens ...
  37. What Over-Levered Companies Can Learn from Halcon Resources (HK)

    Learn about Halcon Resources' 2015 debt restructuring. Find out why these measures were necessary and how successful the ...
  38. Crude Oil Peaks and Troughs Over the Past Century

    An overview of the events surrounding major price tops and bottoms in crude oil over the past 100 years.
  39. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  40. PRWCX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    Discover how the portfolio trends in the T.Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund helped to keep performance positive in 2 ...
  41. Starbucks Expands Rewards Program Beyond Stores (SBUX, V)

    Investors are likely hoping its new rewards program can be rewarding in the long term.
  42. This Trend Could Influence Interest Rate Policy

    Learn why the Fed’s decision to leave its benchmark rate at its current level is a representation of the “wait-and-see” trend ...
  43. Chevron's Gorgon Project Begins LNG Exports (CVX)

    The LNG project has also been costly for Chevron, climbing from an estimated $37 billion in 2009 to current levels of $54 ...
  44. The Relationship Between Gold and Gold ETFs

    Here's how the price of gold ETFs corresponds to the price of actual gold.
  45. How is an ETC different from an ETF? (IAU)

    An exchange traded commodity (ETC) has many similarities to an exchange traded funded (ETF), but also a few differences. ...
  46. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  47. A Guide To Trading Binary Options In The U.S.

    What binary options are, how they work and where you can legally trade them in the U.S.?
  48. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  49. London's Effect On Gold Prices

    Read about the nearly 100-year-old London gold fix, why the process may be winding down and how Shanghai now threatens London ...
  50. The Implications of a Brexit

    Learn about the implications of a Brexit: The United Kingdom remaining as a member of the European Union (EU) or leave it.
  51. 3 Factors Driving Gold Prices Higher in 2016 (GLD)

    Find out how uncertainty, interest rates and inflation expectations drove gold prices higher in early 2016 and why analysts ...
  52. Are Specialty ETFs Right for Your Portfolio?

    Specialty ETFs give investors exposure to alternative asset classes. But they aren't for everyone. Here's why.
  53. ConocoPhillips' 3 Most Profitable Lines of Business (COP)

    Learn about the oil and natural gas glut, its impact on producers such as ConocoPhillips, and the energy giant's top three ...
  54. Utilities Sector: Industries Snapshot (NEE, GAS)

    Discover how the utilities sector is broken down into different subcategories that each function to fill a different need.
  55. Jim Rogers Sees 100% Chance of Recession

    Jim Rogers sees a 100% chance of recession within the next year. Why? And how is he planning for it?
  56. 4 Factors That Will Hamper Oil Prices in 2016

    Learn why the prospect for a crude oil boom in 2016 is unlikely based on a world awash in oil during one of the periodic ...
  57. Investing in Gold: Direct Vs. Professional Management (ABX, GG)

    Find out how you can access the gold market through common stock, futures contracts, and actively managed or passively managed ...
  58. 3 Energy Stocks Near Their 52-Week Lows Worth Buying (VLO, TSO)

    Explore analyses of three energy stocks that are trading near their 52-week lows, and discover how energy stocks survive ...
  59. Long on Oil? Buy Canadian Dollars

    Discover why investing in the Canadian dollar can give investors exposure to the crude oil market without the risks of futures ...
  60. Bulk Carrier Vs. Container Vs. Tanker: Exploring the 2016 Shipping Market (C)

    Read about the divergent fates of oil tankers, dry bulk carriers, container ships and other seafaring vessels in the 2016 ...
  61. Looking to Invest in Oil? Try the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE, XOM)

    Learn how to invest in ETFs to gain exposure to the oil sector without having to deal with the challenges inherent in investing ...
  62. How Oil Prices Affect Kinder Morgan (KMI)

    Discover why Kinder Morgan's business is relatively sheltered from low oil prices and what situations could actually impact ...
  63. Analyzing GoldCorp's Return on Equity (GG)

    Discover more about the five-year history of Goldcorp, Inc., including historical return on equity (ROE) analysis and future ...
  64. 4 Factors You Didn't Know About RBOB

    Learn the basics of how RBOB is traded, including the specifications for the RBOB futures contract. Discover what impacts ...
  65. 5 Gold ETFs That Pay Dividends (SGDM, GDX)

    Take a look at the available gold ETFs that, in addition to offering exposure to stocks of gold mining companies, also pay ...
  66. How Oil Prices Affect Seadrill's Bottom Line (SDRL)

    Understand how oil prices affect Seadrill's bottom line but not by directly reducing the company's revenues as happens with ...
  67. Gold ETFs Vs. Oil ETFs: Which Should I Choose for 2016?

    Discover why making a decision between an oil or a gold ETF may not be as important as the structure and holdings of each ...
  68. Why Gold and Silver Prices are Diverging (GLD, SLV)

    Gold and silver prices are seeing a big performance divergence in 2016. Here's why.
  69. How Elon Musk Will Revolutionize the Modern World

    From Paypal to Tesla, Elon Musk is continually finding ways to revolutionize our lives.
  70. Looking to Hedge Volatility? Try These 2 ETFs

    The U.S. equity market has been experiencing turbulence in 2016. Discover analyses of two exchange-traded funds to hedge ...
  71. The 4 Best Hedges for a Drop in the S&P 500

    Learn about the most effective S&P 500 hedging strategies available to protect a portfolio during steep corrections and long-term ...
  72. Gold ETFs Vs. Bull Markets (GLD, IAU)

    Explore the relationships between gold ETFs and bullish equity markets. Learn how prices have correlated historically and ...
  73. Russia Is Not Happy With The Iran Deal

    Discover why Russia, an ally of Iran, is unhappy that the sanctions imposed against Iran due to its nuclear program have ...
  74. UWTI Can't Go to Zero: Here is Why

    Learn how UWTI can't go to zero due to endless reverse splits and the acceleration clause that will allow for liquidation ...
  75. 3 Financial Changes That Will Impact Your Everyday in 2016

    Learn about the financial trends in 2016 that may impact everyday life. Understand what driving factors may affect the financial ...
  76. China's Love Affair With Gold

    Discover how China's rapidly growing middle class has an insatiable desire for gold that has been influenced by the nation's ...
  77. 3 Utilities Stocks Near Their 52-Week Lows Worth Buying

    Watch for utilities sector laggard NRG Energy, Inc. and its yieldco NRG Yield, Inc. to improve their performances during ...
  78. 3 Volatile Utilities Stocks For The Risk Taker

    Explore three volatile stocks in the utilities sector investors should consider for long positions.
  79. The World's Top 10 Natural Gas Companies (XOM, OGZPY)

    Read about the 10 companies that combined to produce about 105 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014, about 30% of the ...
  80. 3 Volatile Energy Stocks For The Risk Taker (APC, PXD)

    Learn information about three volatile energy stocks and why it may be a good time to consider an investment in them due ...
  81. 5 Times Goldman Sachs Got It Wrong in 2015 (GS, MSFT)

    Read about five times when analysts at the investment bank Goldman Sachs got it wrong in 2015, including a cheating scandal ...
  82. Analyzing Oil Storage Capacity by Country

    Discover which countries have the largest oil reservoirs and which countries produce and export the most oil per barrel each ...
  83. Marathon Petroleum Corporation: An Activist Investment Analysis (MPC, MPLX)

    Learn about Jana Partners' 2012 activist campaign with Marathon Petroleum. Find out how the hedge fund influenced the spinoff ...
  84. Chesapeake Energy: An Activist Investment Analysis (CHK)

    Learn about Carl Icahn's activist campaign against Chesapeake Energy in 2012. See how Chesapeake's share price has suffered ...
  85. Jeff Gundlach: Gold To Reach $1,400

    Learn the reasons why the bond guru is predicting gold prices to reach $1,400 an ounce, and why gold prices have suddenly ...
  86. The World's Top 5 Silver Mining Companies

    Discover five top silver mining stocks for 2016, as precious metals prices appear to have bottomed out in 2015.
  87. The 2016 Outlook For Oil Refiners

    Many refiners have benefited from wide crack spreads in recent years but profits may suffer when crude oil stabilizes.
  88. Top 4 Broad-Based Energy ETFs (XLE, XOP)

    These four broad-based ETFs offer highly liquid long and short exposure to the energy industry.
  89. The 2016 Outlook for Utilities (XLU, VPU)

    Utilities should gain ground throughout 2016, offering investors and market timers profitable opportunities in an adverse ...
  90. 4 Popular Options Strategies for 2016

    Learn how long straddles, long strangles and vertical debit spreads can help you profit from the volatility that stock analysts ...
  91. The Top 6 Russian ETFs (RSX, ERUS)

    Six Russian ETFs offer broad exposure to that country’s publically-traded companies, with Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) ...
  92. 4 Strategies to Short the S&P 500 Index (SPY)

    Learn the advantages and disadvantages of methods available to investors with the objective of making a bearish bet on the ...
  93. Heavy Metals Rising (DBB, SLV, AKS)

    Metals and even heavy metals are rallying. Here's the outlook and the opportunities.
  94. Why Gold May No Longer Be a Safe Haven

    Gold is widely seen as a safe haven investment. Is that still the case?
  95. Why Are U.S. Companies Borrowing in Euros?

    U.S. companies with operations that need funding in Europe are likely to take advantage of lower European borrowing rates.
  96. Investment Strategy Case Study: Traditional Vs. Alternatives for 2016

    Learn more about some types of alternative investments and why you should consider adding them in your portfolio in 2016.
  97. The Top 5 Micro-Cap Silver Stocks for 2016 (GPL, LODE)

    Uncover five promising micro-cap companies doing business in the silver-mining industry that investors can consider for their ...
  98. The Top 5 Large Cap Silver Stocks for 2016 (SCCO, SLW)

    Learn why silver stocks might be a good hedge for your portfolio in 2016, and identify five of the most promising companies ...
  99. Annuity Rates: Lock in Now or Wait?

    With interest rates so low, does it make sense to lock in an annuity right now? We weigh the pros and cons.
  100. Gold ETFs Top Performers: Is It Too Far Too Fast? (GLD,GDX)

    Gold ETFs have surged in recent weeks. Is it too far too fast? Here’s the short-term and long-term outlook.
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