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  1. Is Bank of America Turning Around?

    July 30, 2015
    Bank of America released its Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings revealing a positive turnaround from its decline following the 2008 ...
  2. Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    July 30, 2015
    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide ...
  3. Whole Foods 365: The Economics of Discount Organic

    July 30, 2015
    Whole Foods Market is expanding its brand to create a chain of discount natural food stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market. ...
  4. Exxon, Chevron Prep Street For Ugly Earnings With Nixed Projects

    July 30, 2015
    There's little question that when Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) report earnings before the market opens ...
  5. Investing in Frontier Markets: Top African ETFs

    July 30, 2015
    A relative analysis of Africa-focused ETFs that enable investors to tap into the immense potential of growing African economies, ...
  6. Colombia Nurtures a Hub for Tech Start-ups

    July 30, 2015
    Colombia used to be a violent nation with a burgeoning cocaine industry. The country now has a thriving tech start-up with ...
  7. Burger King and Tim Hortons Are Better Together

    July 30, 2015
    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  8. 3 Reasons Facebook Is Interested In Oculus Rift

    July 30, 2015
    Facebook is a social media company. Oculus Rift is a virtual headset maker. What do they have in common?
  9. ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics ...
  10. Credit Card Review: Amex EveryDay

    July 30, 2015
    Learn the benefits of the Amex EveryDay card, such as its introductory offer and rewards perks, and discover the types of ...
  11. Banking Is Big...A Little Too Big. Here's Why.

    July 30, 2015
    Banking is big in America. In 2014, U.S. banks issued trillions of dollars in credit -- equivalent to 245 percent of the ...
  12. What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    July 30, 2015
    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.
  13. Why You Might Buy Your Next Car from Costco

    July 30, 2015
    Costco, one of the strongest retailers around, has its hooks in all sort of sectors, including autos.
  14. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Singapore

    July 30, 2015
    Learn more about BlackRock Advisor's iShares Singapore MSCI exchange-traded fund, which looks to mirror the holdings and ...
  15. Credit Card Review: Capital One Venture Rewards

    July 30, 2015
    Learn how the Capital One Venture Rewards card helps you earn unlimited rewards miles to pay for all types of travel expenses, ...
  16. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard Cash Rewards

    July 30, 2015
    Read about the BankAmericard Cash Rewards card, and learn how to start earning unlimited cash back with its simply rewards ...
  17. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    July 30, 2015
    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  18. ETF Analysis: Select Sector Financial SPDR

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund, and the suitability ...
  19. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Bond Market

    July 30, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Total Bond Market exchange-traded fund, its primary portfolio holdings and risk/reward profile based ...
  20. ETF Analysis: Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X

    July 30, 2015
    Read about a triple-leveraged exchange-traded fund that aims for 300% of the returns of the Russell 2000 Index: the Direxion ...
  21. ETF Analysis: Vanguard MSCI EAFE

    July 30, 2015
    Learn more about Vanguard's index-shifting, low-cost and non-U.S. market exchange-traded fund: the FTSE Developed ex U.S. ...
  22. Smartphone "Flagship Killers" Coming after Apple and Samsung

    July 30, 2015
    Learn why flagship killers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi have the potential to become the first legitimate competition faced ...
  23. Starbucks Ready for RTD Sales in Latin America

    July 30, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) does not have a coffee shop on every corner in Latin America as it seems to have here in the U.S., ...
  24. Is there a difference between financial spread betting and arbitrage?

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about financial spread betting, arbitrage and the differences between financial spread betting and the arbitrage ...
  25. Pearson in Talks to Sell 50% of The Economist

    July 30, 2015
    Pearson (NYSE: PSO) has disclosed that it is in talks to sell its 50% stake in the current affairs and business weekly magazine ...
  26. eBay Ends Same-Day Delivery, Kills 2 Apps

    July 30, 2015
    eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has found an incredibly upbeat way to kill off its same-day delivery service as well as two of its apps. ...
  27. Plug Power to Acquire Partner's Stake in JV

    July 30, 2015
    Fuel cell specialist Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) will soon be the sole owner of its HyPulsion joint venture. The company announced ...
  28. Kate Spade Is Next to Move Into Athleisure Wear

    July 30, 2015
    With activewear growing to consume 4% of the apparel market, and sports apparel sales jumping 18% annually compared to just ...
  29. Rig Counts Rise Despite Falling Oil Prices

    July 30, 2015
    Oil prices are down over 20% from their June high of $61 a barrel, but oil drillers are pumping up the volume, increasing ...
  30. Is Coca-Cola on the Road to Recovery?

    July 30, 2015
    It may finally be time for investors to have a Coke and a smile as Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) appears to have reversed its flagging ...
  31. Burger King Sales Rise on New Menu Items

    July 30, 2015
    While McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) continues to struggle with its product mix, one of the company's chief rivals has figured out ...
  32. "Trainwreck" Extends Universal Box Office Lead

    July 30, 2015
    No matter what you think of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), there is no disputing the strength of its movie business. Universal ...
  33. What to Know About Transferable Points Programs

    July 30, 2015
    Transferable points programs give credit card users a more extensive way to use credit card points for travel.
  34. Transferable Points Programs

    July 30, 2015
    With transferable points programs, customers earn points by using certain credit cards, and those points can be transferred ...
  35. Monsanto Says Syngenta Earnings Prove Its Point

    July 30, 2015
    Swiss biotech Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) reported first half 2015 results on last week, showing that even though it beat analyst ...
  36. Macau: Not Your Father's Gambling Destination

    July 29, 2015
    Macau has given Las Vegas casinos a run for their money, but what's behind the scenes? Here's an overview of Macau's gambling ...
  37. Avoid The Perfection Trap In Trading

    July 29, 2015
    Avoid the perfection trap and make peace with the market’s high levels of systematic noise.
  38. Why We Need Antitrust Laws

    July 29, 2015
    A look at antitrust laws in the United States and the many anticompetitive practices they safeguard against.
  39. DCF Vs. Comparables: Which One To Use

    July 29, 2015
    DCF and Comparables models are widely used in equity valuation. We explain the pros and cons of each method.
  40. Adjust Market Strategies To Elevated Risk

    July 29, 2015
    Improve returns by adapting trading strategies to changing market conditions.
  41. How Express Scripts Makes Money

    July 29, 2015
    The pharmacy benefit manager claims to lower prescription drug costs for consumers, medical providers, and health insurance ...
  42. XOM: A Combination Of Dividend And Growth Or Neither?

    July 29, 2015
    Does Exxon Mobil make a good pick given its strong dividend track record with the backdrop of depressed oil prices?
  43. Is Pandora Set For A Rebound?

    July 29, 2015
    Pandora stock is showing signs of a rebound. The beaten-down stock has picked up after the release of 2Q '15 results and ...
  44. Three Perks Business Should Give Their Employees

    July 29, 2015
    Firms that treat their employees well have a competitive advantage over their rivals. Here are three important perks to give ...
  45. How Petrodollars Affect The U.S. Dollar

    July 29, 2015
    We examine the rise of petrodollars, their influence on the USD as a global reserve currency, and their effects on the U.S. ...
  46. How Peter Thiel Became a Superstar

    July 29, 2015
    A review of the career of legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel.
  47. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    July 29, 2015
    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  48. Four Great Stocks for Day Traders

    July 29, 2015
    Four day trading stocks that offer volume and a consistent history of big intraday price movements.
  49. Looking To The Mega Caps For Strength

    July 29, 2015
    Increased volatility is making it difficult to find areas of strength in the market. Even utilities are breaking below key ...
  50. How has Google's operations strayed from its original mission ...

    July 29, 2015
    Learn about Google's current mission statement and decide if Google is practicing what it preaches.
  51. What does a high turnover ratio signify for an investment fund?

    July 29, 2015
    Find out more about the turnover ratio, what the turnover ratio measures and what a high turnover ratio indicates about an ...
  52. Credit Card Review: Premier Rewards Gold Amex

    July 29, 2015
    Read more about the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, one of the top charge cards in the United States and a favorite ...
  53. BlackBerry May Exit the Smartphone Market

    July 29, 2015
    It may seem like a very long time ago, but BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) was once a leading company in the smartphone market. ...
  54. For Fox, "Fantastic Four" Could Be a Huge Winner

    July 29, 2015
    Summer is usually good for the movie business. However, the same economics that make for big ticket sales in May, June, ...
  55. Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent Merger Gets the Nod in Europe

    July 29, 2015
    The merger of communications companies Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has received the green light in ...
  56. Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex

    July 29, 2015
    Learn about the three American Express cards that partner with Delta Airlines. Understand the benefits of the Gold Delta ...
  57. Ball Runs Into Antitrust Wall Over Rexam Purchase

    July 29, 2015
    The ball is in the European Union's court. The $6.8 billion merger between the world's two biggest can and bottle manufacturers ...
  58. GrubHub Second Quarter Profit Surges

    July 29, 2015
    The U.S. is a hungry nation, and some clever companies are getting rich feeding it. Case in point: GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), ...
  59. BP Posts a Steep Second Quarter Loss

    July 29, 2015
    Oil giant BP (NYSE: BP) has landed deep in the red. The company posted its second quarter results on Tuesday, revealing ...
  60. Altria Group Smokes Earnings Estimates

    July 29, 2015
    Tobacco giant Altria (NYSE: MO) recently topped analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines during its second quarter. ...
  61. Aaron's Controls Costs to Beat Earnings Estimates

    July 29, 2015
    Aaron's (NYSE: AAN) was able to keep expenses under control in the second quarter, allowing per share profits to surge 65% ...
  62. Why Mutual Funds are Still Better than ETFs

    July 29, 2015
    Mutual funds might not be as sexy as they used to be, but they offer some advantages over ETFs – especially for certain types ...
  63. Baidu Takes a Post Earnings Beating

    July 29, 2015
    At first glance, China-based search giant Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) had a strong fiscal second quarter. Total revenue climbed ...
  64. American Airlines Group Posts Record Net Profit

    July 29, 2015
    Buoyed by favorable tailwinds for the air carrier business generally, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) has reported ...
  65. China: Why Big Investors are Turning Into Bears

    July 29, 2015
    More hedge fund managers and economists are beginning to transition from bull to bear when it comes to China. Here's why. ...
  66. Costco Dumps Chilean Salmon Over Antibiotics Usage

    July 29, 2015
    Unable to effectively vaccinate against a bacteria sweeping through farm-raised salmon, Chilean farmers have resorted to ...
  67. How does a forward contract differ from a call option?

    July 29, 2015
    Find out more about forward contracts, call options, the mechanics of these financial instruments and the difference between ...
  68. What is the difference between passive and active asset management?

    July 29, 2015
    Find out about active asset management, passive asset management, how these strategies are utilized and the differences between ...
  69. JetBlue Reports Surprisingly Strong June Traffic

    July 29, 2015
    With the summer travel season in full swing, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) outperformed key rivals Southwest Airlines and ...
  70. ETF Analysis: iShares Silver Trust

    July 29, 2015
    Learn about the iShares Silver Trust, an exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in silver and is affected by risks unique ...
  71. Credit Card Review: Capital One Quicksilver Rewards

    July 29, 2015
    Learn more about the Capital One Quicksilver Rewards card and how its simple cash back rewards program can put more money ...
  72. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard Travel Rewards

    July 29, 2015
    Understand what the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card is and what its benefits are. Learn about the few drawbacks to the ...
  73. Credit Card Review: Discover it

    July 29, 2015
    Learn why the Discover it card provides a great balance between cost effectiveness and robust rewards, especially for those ...
  74. ETF Analysis: PowerShares QQQ Trust

    July 29, 2015
    Learn more about one of the most popular and widely traded exchange-traded funds in the world: Invesco PowerShares QQQ Trust ...
  75. Top 3 ETFS for Investing in Germany

    July 29, 2015
    Discover why Germany is considered an economic powerhouse in the eurozone, and learn about the three ETFs that provide investors ...
  76. Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    July 29, 2015
    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a ...
  77. Salesforce.com Aims at Regulated Industries

    July 29, 2015
    In an effort to prove that highly regulated businesses can trust its software to handle sensitive systems and data, Salesforce.com ...
  78. "Pixels" Could Still Be a Box Office Win for Sony

    July 29, 2015
    Adam Sandler has lost his mojo. The one-time box office leader has struggled to find an audience with recent misses, including ...
  79. More Restructuring in Store for Caterpillar

    July 29, 2015
    The global decline in mining means heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) may need to downsize further. The ...
  80. Guess Who Won a $900 Million Defense Contract?

    July 28, 2015
    The Pentagon awarded $1.24 billion in new defense contracts Tuesday, but just one deal took the cake at $900 million. The ...
  81. Teva Pharma to Acquire Allergan: Analysts Weigh In

    July 28, 2015
    Teva Pharmaceutical announced a definitive agreement to buy Allergan Inc. for $40.5 billion. What analysts are saying?
  82. Here's Why Analysts Bullish On Skyworks Solutions

    July 28, 2015
    Skyworks Solutions beat earnings estimates and provided a strong fourth quarter outlook on July 23. Analysts weighed in.
  83. Is Divestment Destroying The Coal Industry?

    July 28, 2015
    Should you worry about your investments in coal companies due to coal divestment campaigns? Investopedia explores the impact ...
  84. IPO Flippers And The Companies Who Hate Them

    July 28, 2015
    Learn how flipping activity affects an initial public offering.
  85. Netflix's New Strategy: Penetrate Your Hotel Room

    July 28, 2015
    Will Netflix’s new venture—to offer its media content in hotels—pay dividends? Investopedia explores the business potential ...
  86. Sohu.com Reports Solid Second Quarter

    July 28, 2015
    Chinese Internet giant Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU) recently reported second quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates on ...
  87. Changyou.com Tops Earnings Estimates

    July 28, 2015
    Chinese online game publisher Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) recently reported second quarter earnings that topped analyst ...
  88. Blackstone CFO Resigns to Join Airbnb

    July 28, 2015
    In a move that has to be considered a vote of confidence in the "sharing economy," the CFO of financial conglomerate Blackstone ...
  89. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Pharmaceutical

    July 28, 2015
    Read about one of the best-performing ETFs in the health care sector since 2012: the Market Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF (PPH) ...
  90. Batman Gives Sony a Boost in June Video Game Sales

    July 28, 2015
    While Sony (NYSE: SNE) is better known as the cinematic steward for Marvel's Spider-Man, a budding relationship with Batman ...
  91. Activision Blizzard Adds Two Directors

    July 28, 2015
    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) did not waste time filling key vacancies. On July 17th, the video game maker added a ...
  92. Whole Foods and Wal-Mart Urged to Embrace Ugliness

    July 28, 2015
    Any home gardener will tell you the fruit and vegetables you pick off your own trees or vines often look nothing like the ...
  93. Tutor Perini Poaches a CFO from Fluor

    July 28, 2015
    On Friday, engineering and construction firm Tutor Perini (NYSE: TPC) announced the impending retirement of current chief ...
  94. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    July 28, 2015
    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  95. 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

    July 28, 2015
    iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF offers a highly liquid equity alternative to direct bond exposure.
  96. How To Interpret The Volume Zone Oscillator

    July 28, 2015
    Introduced in 2009, the Volume Zone Oscillator (VZO) is gaining traction with traders and technicians.
  97. ETF Analysis: iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25

    July 28, 2015
    Learn about iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 and its asset allocation and how investing in this fund comes with heightened risks ...
  98. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Germany

    July 28, 2015
    Learn about iShares MSCI Germany, which is a nondiversified exchange traded fund that invests principally in large-cap German ...
  99. Oil Companies Near Bankruptcy

    July 28, 2015
    With the resumed uncertainty in Europe surrounding Greece and the sudden bear market gripping China, the price of oil has ...
  100. Falling Coffee Prices Are Creating Opportunity

    July 28, 2015
    Falling coffee prices is creating an opportunity for strategic traders. We'll take a look at some ideas.
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