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  1. Airlines May Enter a New Bear Market in 2016

    Despite savings from record low oil prices, airlines lost substantial ground in 2015. Is the airline industry entering a ...
  2. How Will the Presidential Election Impact Markets?

    Is there a correlation between an election year and the performance of the financial markets?
  3. 4 Factors That Shape Market Trends

    Trends allow traders and investors to capture profits. Find out what's behind them.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. Analyzing Priceline Group's Return on Equity (PCLN)

    Learn about Priceline's return on equity (ROE) relative to its peers and past performance. Find out how net margin, financial ...
  7. Analyzing GoPro's Return on Equity (GPRO)

    Learn about GoPro's return on equity (ROE) in 2015. What factors have shaped ROE over time? How does GoPro's ROE compare ...
  8. Common Sense Strategies For Adverse Markets

    Adverse markets require skillful adjustments to reduce risk and find new profit opportunities.
  9. Top Tax Planning Tips for Volatile Markets

    Volatile markets provide several ways to lower tax bills ... if you play your cards right.
  10. When and How to Dump Portfolio Losers

    Having a mechanism in place to address potential losses in a portfolio is imperative. Here are some of the best ways to go ...
  11. 5 Ways to Identify 2016 Dow Laggards

    These five simple methods will sort 2016 Dow components into leader and laggard lists, allowing analysis of broader market ...
  12. 2 Tech Stocks Near Their 52-Week Lows Worth Buying (IMOS, BCOR)

    Consider technology sector stocks as interest rates rise, since they typically have low debt loads. Find bargains among stocks ...
  13. Top 10 Performing Hedge Funds in January 2016

    These hedge funds have consistently delivered positive returns over the years, even during a bearish market in January.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Day Trading Strategies for Beginners

    Interested in day trading? From picking the right type of stock to setting stop-losses, here's a tutorial on how to trade ...
  16. 4 Strategies Only Hedge Funds Dare Use

    Learn why investing strategies employed by hedge funds may result in steep losses and are not appropriate for most retail ...
  17. 3 Advantages of Momentum Investing

    Momentum investing, if performed professionally with a considerable amount of time invested, can offer high profits over ...
  18. Nervous Bulls: Don't Read This Permabear's Opinion

    If this bear is correct, then we could all be in for a rude awakening.
  19. Analyzing Lockheed Martin's Return on Equity (LMT)

    Learn about Lockheed Martin's return on equity (ROE). Find out how DuPont analysis explains ROE relative to Lockheed's aerospace ...
  20. Analyzing Alibaba Group's Return on Equity (ROE) (BABA)

    Learn about Alibaba's return on equity, and find out how net profit margin, the asset turnover ratio and financial leverage ...
  21. Analyzing Apple's Return on Equity (AAPL)

    Learn about Apple's return on equity (ROE) in fiscal 2015, and find out how net profit margin, financial leverage and asset ...
  22. Analyzing Facebook's Return on Equity (FB)

    Learn about Facebook's return on equity (ROE), and find out how it compares to its peers. Discover how net margin, asset ...
  23. Analyzing United Continental's Return on Equity (UAL)

    Lean about United Continental's return on equity (ROE). Find out how DuPont analysis isolates the impacts of net margin, ...
  24. Heavy Metals Rising (DBB, SLV, AKS)

    Metals and even heavy metals are rallying. Here's the outlook and the opportunities.
  25. Are You Missing Out on a Sustainable Rally?

    The market has been rallying, but is it sustainable?
  26. 2 Dividend Stocks That Let You Ignore Bulls, Bears

    Whether you are in the bull or bear camp, these two dividend stocks offer potential.
  27. Strategies for Trading Volatility With Options (NFLX)

    These five strategies are used by traders to capitalize on stocks or securities that exhibit high volatility.
  28. 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.
  29. Will Oprah's Weight Watchers Bet Pay Off? (WTW)

    Weight Watchers is stuck in a holding pattern, while analysts and the public wait and see if Oprah's participation yields ...
  30. 5 Stocks With Bullish MACD Crossovers for 2016 (COT, OCLR)

    Take a technical analysis look at five stocks that may be heading to the upside in 2016, based on a bullish MACD crossover ...
  31. Latest Labor Numbers: Good News for the Market?

    Some economic numbers are indicating that the labor market is outperforming the stock market. Should investors be bullish? ...
  32. Is the White House too Optimistic on the Economy?

    Are the White House's economic growth projections for 2016 and 2017 realistic or too optimistic?
  33. Cash vs. Stocks: How to Decide Which is Best

    Is it better to keep your money in cash or is a down market a good time to buy stocks at a lower cost?
  34. Can the Market Predict a Recession?

    Is a bear market an indication that a recession is on the horizon?
  35. 4 Stocks With Bullish Head and Shoulders Patterns for 2016 (PG, ETR)

    Discover analyses of the top four stocks with bullish head and shoulders patterns forming in 2016, and learn the prices at ...
  36. Today's Sell-off: Are We in a Margin Liquidation?

    If we're in market liquidation, is it good news or bad news? That party depends on your timeframe.
  37. Is It Time To Buy Emerging Markets? (EEM)

    The majority of emerging markets are dependent on natural resources, delaying a long-term recovery until commodity markets ...
  38. Is It Time To Sell Technology Stocks? (LNKD, AAPL)

    Technology stocks have taken a drubbing in recent days. Is it time to sell them?
  39. Why the Bullish Are Turning Bearish

    Banks are reducing their targets for the S&P 500 for 2016. Here's why.
  40. Are U.S. Stocks Still the Place To Be in 2016?

    Understand why U.S. stocks are absolutely the place to be in 2016, even though the year has gotten off to an awful start ...
  41. The 3 Best Investments When Bull Markets Slow Down

    Find out why no bull market lasts forever, and why investors should shift their assets away from growth and toward dividends ...
  42. 3 Long-Term Investing Strategies With Strong Track Records

    Learn why discipline and a statistically valid investment strategy can help an investor limit losses and beat the market ...
  43. The 3 Best Downside Protection Equity Mutual Funds

    Learn how it is possible to profit in a bear market by owning the correct selection of mutual funds that provide downside ...
  44. Market Outlook: No Bottom Until 2017?

    These investing pros are bearish on the market in 2016. Will there be a bottom in early 2017?
  45. Analyzing Altria's Return on Equity (ROE) (MO)

    Learn about Altria Group's return on equity (ROE) and analyze net profit margin, asset turnover and financial leverage to ...
  46. Building a Case for the Bulls: 3 Opinions

    These three big names are bullish on the economy. Are there good times ahead?
  47. How Advisors Can Make the Most Out of Volatility

    Advisors can use market volatility as an opportunity to enhance their value to their clients and grow their practice. Here's ...
  48. Five Advantages of Futures Over Options

    Futures have a number of advantages over options such as fixed upfront trading costs, lack of time decay and liquidity.
  49. Analyzing Boeing’s Return on Equity (ROE) (BA)

    Learn about Boeing's return on equity and find out how the company's ROE compares to its own historical performance and aerospace ...
  50. With Short Interest Surging, Is it Time to Buy?

    What do you think the smart money is doing when the market moves higher? Apparently, they're building short positions.
  51. Analyzing Verizon's Return on Equity (ROE) (VZ)

    Learn about Verizon's return on equity and find out how ROE is influenced by net profit margin, asset turnover ratio and ...
  52. A Key Tip for Making Your Nest Egg Last Longer

    Retirees who don't want to deplete their nest eggs during a bear market should make sure to do the following.
  53. Economic Indicators: Reading Between the Lines

    On the surface, economic indicators are sending mixed signals, but what's brewing beneath the surface?
  54. How to Invest Like a Millionaire in 2016

    Discover how to start 2016 strong by learning how to imitate the investing strategies that distinguish millionaire investors ...
  55. 3 Risks U.S. Equities Face in 2016

    Find out why the probability of a U.S. stock bear market is increasing in 2016 and what the greatest risks are to the bull ...
  56. Feeling Bearish? If So, You're in Good Company

    These investing practitioners and pundits earned notoriety for their accuracy; they're sending a dire warning about the global ...
  57. Worried About a Recession? Consider These 5 Stocks

    If you're worried about a recession, consider these five stocks that offer resiliency potential.
  58. Volatility Vexed? See What the Experts Are Saying

    Volatile times lead to a diversity of opinions on where the market is headed. Here are takes from five investing luminaries.
  59. Four Big Risks of Algorithmic High-Frequency Trading

    Algorithmic HFT has a number of risks, and it also can amplify systemic risk because of its propensity to intensify market ...
  60. Analyzing AT&T's Return on Equity (ROE) (T)

    Learn about AT&T's return on equity. Find out how its recent ROE compares to historical results and those of peers in the ...
  61. The January Barometer: Is it Still Relevant?

    The January Barometer has been historically accurate. Will that be the case in 2016?
  62. Analyzing Oracle's Return on Equity (ROE) (ORCL)

    Learn about Oracle's ROE. How have net profit margin, asset turnover and financial leverage influenced ROE relative to peers ...
  63. Top 6 Things to Tell Clients in a Falling Market

    Here are six things to remind clients when the stock market tanks.
  64. The Best Advice to Investors: ‘Stay the Course’

    The rocky start to 2016 has thus far been the worst start to a year in history. This is what financial advisors are telling ...
  65. Analyzing Cisco's Return on Equity (ROE) (CSCO)

    Learn about Cisco's ROE and see how the company's most recent results compare to historical results and large-cap networking ...
  66. Can My Pension Fund Embrace Automated Investing?

    Robo-advisors are the hot thing in investment management. Is one coming to a retirement fund near you, or does your fund ...
  67. Will "FANG" Stocks Outperform in 2016?

    Facebook held the most bullish accumulation-distribution pattern into year’s end, telling investors to focus on this issue ...
  68. Why You Should Be Buying Stocks, Not Going to Cash

    Hedge fund managers are buying up the shares of big companies. What do the managers know that we don't?
  69. Why Commodities Aren't to Blame for Market Malaise

    Commodities are taking the brunt of the blame for poor investment performance. Are they the real villain?
  70. Avoid These Stock at All Costs Right Now (TWTR)

    If you bet on these stocks to appreciate over the next year, then you're gambling. There are much easier (and safer) ways ...
  71. Will China Slip Into a Recession?

    The Chinese economy is an entanglement of many factors gone wrong: an overvalued, engineered stock market, slow GDP growth ...
  72. Is it Time to Buy Emerging Markets ETFs?

    Does the poor performance of emerging markets, particularly China, present a buying opportunity with ETFs?
  73. Are These the Best Stock Buys Right Now?

    The market is volatile but this presents opportunities. Here are a few to consider.
  74. These ETFs Are Best Bets for Market Volatility

    The market is crashing, but that presents opportunities. Here are some exchange-traded funds that may present some upside ...
  75. An Introduction To Swaps

    Learn how these derivatives work and how companies can benefit from them.
  76. How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios ...
  77. How to Help Clients Spooked by Volatility

    Volatility spooks investors leading them to confuse it with risk. Here are ways to help guide your clients through times ...
  78. Looking for a Trade? Eye These High-Beta Stocks

    High-beta stocks are volatile, presenting profitable trading opportunities ... but not without risk.
  79. 3 Early Warning Signs You Can Use to Exit Positions

    Use these three early warning signs to take fast exits on open positions.
  80. Stocks With Bubbles That Could Burst in 2016

    These are some of the over-valued stocks based on P/E and Forward P/E ratios. Will the bubbles burst in 2016?
  81. Top 3 Resilient Stocks for a Bear Market

    These three stocks offer resiliency and safe dividends in a bear market.
  82. What's Ahead For The Russell-2000 Index in 2016?

    The Russell-2000 ended 2015 with a loss after failing a breakout to an all-time high.
  83. The Best Sectors To Sell Short in 2016

    Three groups of stocks and sectors should underperform in 2016, generating profits from selling high and buying low.
  84. 4 Unusual Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

    Working the system to get the highest legal Social Security benefits just got harder. Two long-time benefits strategies expired ...
  85. The Risks and Rewards of Day Trading the UWTI (UWTI)

    Learn about the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN, as well as its issuing company VelocityShares, and the potential risks ...
  86. The Perfect Moving Averages For Day Trading (AAPL)

    5-, 8- and 13-bar simple moving averages offer perfect inputs for day traders seeking quick profits on the long and short ...
  87. 3 Ways to Play Gold at $1000 (GLD, GDX)

    Gold ended 2015 within 100-points of 1000 and could bounce at that psychological level in 2016.
  88. Quit Your Job To Trade Stocks?

    Ready to quit your day job and become a full-time trader? These tips will help you determine your area of expertise.
  89. Which Order To Use? Stop-Loss Or Stop-Limit Orders

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit ...
  90. The Basics Of The Bid-Ask Spread

    The bid-ask spread is essentially a negotiation in progress. To be successful, traders must be willing to take a stand and ...
  91. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  92. Basics of Algorithmic Trading: Concepts and Examples

    Algorithmic trading makes use of computers to trade on a set of predetermined instructions to generate profits more efficiently ...
  93. Is it Risky to Invest in Options?

    Investing with options can be a great strategy, but you need to do your research first or the risks can outweigh the benefits.
  94. Why A Falling Stock Is Not Always A Bargain

    Learn how to successfully trade pullbacks and to avoid being crushed by "falling safes."
  95. FAS: Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X ETF

    Obtain a thorough review and analysis of the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X fund, a leveraged ETF that tracks the performance ...
  96. TLH: iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF

    Learn about the iShares 1-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF and its holdings, and understand why investors may be better served to ...
  97. FV: First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF

    Take a closer look at the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF, a unique and innovative fund of funds based on momentum ...
  98. ERX: Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X ETF

    Learn more about one of Direxion Fund's high-risk, high-reward energy plays: the Direxion Shares Funds Trust 3X exchange-traded ...
  99. TNA: Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X ETF

    Read about a triple-leveraged exchange-traded fund that aims for 300% of the returns of the Russell 2000 Index: the Direxion ...
  100. TMV: Direxion Daily 20 Year Treasury ETF

    Read about one potent, yet volatile, way to bet on rising interest rates -- the Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear ...
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