Analysis & Opinions

  1. This Week's Activist Filings

    January 12, 2011
    Valuations are getting ahead of themselves, so it was a light week for 13D activist filings.
  2. Wind Power Catches A Gust

    January 12, 2011
    Investors with long enough timelines might want to use the sector's recent weakness to establish positions.
  3. Alcoa: It's All About China Now

    January 12, 2011
    Alcoa is facing high inventories and stagnant major users, but could still prosper from a strong recovery.
  4. Semiconductor Stocks In The Spotlight

    January 12, 2011
    Semiconductor Stocks In The Spotlight
  5. 6 Consumer Staples Yielding High Dividends

    January 12, 2011
    If it's security, stability and a dividend you're after, these stocks are worth a look.
  6. DuPont - From Gunpowder To Plastics To Yogurt

    January 12, 2011
    DuPont reinvents itself yet again, this time entering the food and industrial enzyme industries.
  7. Searching For Bargain Bin Stocks

    January 12, 2011
    Don't expect to find ample opportunity today if you are looking for deep value stocks, but the market occasionally manages ...
  8. Soros' Top Picks

    January 12, 2011
    We take a peek at some of Soros Fund Management's top holdings to see what stocks George Soros has selected.
  9. Higher Prices In Your Grocery Cart

    January 11, 2011
    Investments in the agriculture sector are an effective way for investors to hedge against rising food prices.
  10. January's Bullish News For Small-Caps

    January 11, 2011
    With 2011 shaping up to be another great year for stocks, investors may want to take advantage of the seasonal phenomena ...
  11. 5 Precious Metals Stocks You 'Beta' Avoid

    January 11, 2011
    Unless you’re playing the short side of the market, consider yourself warned about these five stocks.
  12. EV Tech Moves Ahead

    January 11, 2011
    Ford unveiled its new fully-electric Focus. Will the new EV have much impact on the auto industry?
  13. 6 High P/E stocks to Consider

    January 10, 2011
    6 High Price to Earning Stocks that are worth taking a look at.
  14. Bank Of America's Incredible Shrinking Liability

    January 10, 2011
    Bank of America's settlement with the GSEs is good news, but a lot more work is left to finish.
  15. Municipal Bond ETF Considerations

    January 10, 2011
    Though relatively low-risk, there are still some factors to consider when taking the plunge into municipal bond ETFs.
  16. Steel Cycle Looks Good

    January 10, 2011
    Buying cyclical stocks at the right time can be a great investment strategy, but it requires more than just trying to time ...
  17. Best Foreign Markets Of 2010

    January 10, 2011
    Emerging and frontier stock market returns handily beat the United States. Learn more about the best performing foreign investments ...
  18. Top Earning Canadian CEOs

    January 10, 2011
    These Canadian company leaders are bringing home the bacon.
  19. The Logic Of Logistics Stocks

    January 7, 2011
    Logistics is a key part of the transportation system, and investors should look for promising stocks here.
  20. Index Funds: How Well Did They Do In 2010?

    January 7, 2011
    Many portfolio have index funds as their core holdings. Check out how well they performed in 2010.
  21. Asia's Other Tigers

    January 7, 2011
    China gets all of the action, but there are other opportunities in Asia.
  22. Four Large Caps With Solid Fundamentals (FTE, IXP, CMCSA, SNP, ...

    January 7, 2011
    For those willing to look, companies with good fundamentals are still around - and the rewards are worthwhile.
  23. Ruby Tuesday's Dubious Diversification Strategy

    January 7, 2011
    Ruby Tuesday's near-term prospects have improved markedly, but ambitions to diversify into other restaurant concepts are ...
  24. 5 Leveraged ETFs with Knockout Recent Returns (ROM,UYM,QLD,AGQ)

    January 7, 2011
    These leveraged ETFs floored investors with their knockout returns over the last year and are still going strong.
  25. S&P 500 Winners In 2010

    January 7, 2011
    Some of the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 in 2010 were all but counted out at the peak of the financial crisis.
  26. Exploring Israel's Energy Potential

    January 7, 2011
    Israel recently made a major natural gas discovery. Find out how it will affect the industry.
  27. Will Aussie Flooding Rain On China's Parade?

    January 7, 2011
    Flooding in Queensland has shaken up the market for a critical steel component.
  28. Large Cap Agriculture Stocks For 2011 (MON, DE, CAT, BG)

    January 7, 2011
    Agriculture stocks have long been ignored by casual investors - but that may soon change.
  29. Quenching A Thirst With Desalination Plays

    January 7, 2011
    As our planet's population continues to expand at its rapid pace, more pressure is being placed on our water resources.
  30. 5 Communication Stocks Worth Watching

    January 6, 2011
    Find out why these five communications companies are worth keeping an eye on as potential investment purchases.
  31. Jewelry Stocks That Could Shine In 2011

    January 6, 2011
    These three jewelry firms should continue to sparkle in the coming year as consumer spending trends recover.
  32. 4 Exploration And Production Stocks That Rewarded Investors In ...

    January 6, 2011
    The exploration and production sector had a great 2010, but some stocks turned in a stellar performance returning as much ...
  33. Family Dollar: Good Earnings Yet Stock Smashed

    January 6, 2011
    Family Dollar posted record earnings on strong revenue and same store sales increases, but the market still smashed the stock.
  34. Dollar General Forges Ahead

    January 6, 2011
    Dollar General reported a record quarter last month, but the market focused on its slowing growth and punished the stock.
  35. 4 Real Estate REIT ETFs For 2011

    January 6, 2011
    Go take advantage of the housing sector's crisis. There is value to be had in owning a REIT ETF.
  36. Rare Earths: Are They Worth The Hype?

    January 5, 2011
    Investor demand for rare earth minerals continues to grow, but is there really that much profit here?
  37. Will The Pullback Continue?

    January 5, 2011
    Will The Pullback Continue?
  38. Is Now The Time To Buy Municipal Bond ETFs?

    January 5, 2011
    The municipal bond market has been hit hard by overblown fears. Now is the time to buy muni ETFs.
  39. 3 Tech Stocks With Momentum Heading Into 2011

    January 5, 2011
    Playing on these stocks' momentum could end up being a very profitable venture for tech investors.
  40. 6 Stocks That Will Profit From Gulf Infrastructure Upgrades

    January 4, 2011
    With its thousands of aging drilling platforms and miles of corroding undersea pipelines, the energy infrastructure in the ...
  41. Solar Stocks To Watch In 2011

    January 4, 2011
    Alternative energy is definitely a volatile sector, but the pay off can be worth it for investors willing to tolerate the ...
  42. Adobe Still Fending Off Its Rivals

    January 4, 2011
    Adobe should continue to grow sales and profits at a very healthy clip.
  43. Jo-Ann Stores Bought Out By Private Equity

    January 4, 2011
    This leading crafts and fabrics retailer has agreed to a buyout from Leonard Green & Partners LP, marking another private ...
  44. There's Value In Bunge

    January 4, 2011
    Agricultural commodity company Bunge, like many of the ag stocks, is rebounding from its cyclical lows.
  45. December’s Best And Worst Performing Basic Material Stocks

    January 4, 2011
    Check out December's best and worst Basic Material Stocks.
  46. Brigham Exploration 2010 Recap

    January 4, 2011
    Brigham Exploration Company continued to milk its properties in the Williston Basin in 2010, will do the same in 2011.
  47. Sandridge Energy Bets On The Permian In 2010

    January 3, 2011
    Sandridge Energy spent 2010 increasing its oil and liquids exposure at the expense of natural gas. It will continue this ...
  48. Cal-Maine Lays An Egg

    January 3, 2011
    Egg producer Cal-Maine foods had lower earnings on slightly increased revenue. We'll look at the company's prospects going ...
  49. Lululemon Talks A Good Game

    January 3, 2011
    Lululemon's Q3 earnings report was pristine. Christine Day, the company's CEO, talks a great game, but several things continue ...
  50. CarMax Suffers For Investors' Over-revved Expectations

    January 3, 2011
    CarMax suffers a common fate for highly valued companies.
  51. Venoco Worked The Sacramento Basin In 2010

    January 3, 2011
    Venoco put about half its 2010 capital budget into the Sacramento Basin, and it also set up to work the Monterey Shale on ...
  52. Continental Resources Bets Big On Williston Basin In 2010

    January 1, 2011
    Continental Resources moved to develop its huge holdings in the Williston Basin and also entered the Niobrara Shale in 2 ...
  53. Betting on Commercial Real Estate

    December 30, 2010
    The housing market may still be in serious trouble, but there are areas of that industry that still have the potential to ...
  54. Full Speed Ahead For Carnival Cruise

    December 30, 2010
    Carnival Cruise reported an encouraging fourth quarter and full-year earnings, suggesting that the cruise industry is steering ...
  55. Undervalued Large Cap Stocks

    December 30, 2010
    undervalued stocks
  56. A Look At The Drug Makers Of 2010

    December 30, 2010
    Drug makers faced an uphill fight in 2010 and next year is looking to be just as tough.
  57. Property And Casualty Having Better Year

    December 30, 2010
    The Property and Casualty industry reported improved financial performance in the first nine months of 2010.
  58. The Alberta Bakken

    December 30, 2010
    The next hot spot for energy plays in North America is the Alberta Bakken.
  59. This Week's Activist Filings

    December 30, 2010
    With valuations becoming less and less attractive, it appears that temporarily impaired or distressed companies are showing ...
  60. Commodity ETFs To Watch In 2011

    December 29, 2010
    A look at commodity ETFs that are opening doors to the futures for Joe Investor.
  61. 2010: The Year In Med-Tech Deals

    December 29, 2010
    2010 was a relatively slow year for deals in the med-tech sector.
  62. Nike's Still Got Swoosh

    December 29, 2010
    The market didn't like Nike's future orders or inventory build up, so shares went down. What should investors make of this?
  63. Oil Service Stocks For Rising Oil Prices

    December 29, 2010
    Here are five oil service stocks to play while oil climsb to $100.
  64. 5 Low-Beta Stocks To Know In 2011

    December 29, 2010
    Check out five low-beta stocks that can help you to diversify your portfolio.
  65. 2010: The Year In Chips

    December 29, 2010
    Can chip stocks extend the rally to a new peak in 2011?
  66. Water Stocks Worth Watching

    December 28, 2010
    The water sector is often overlooked by investors, yet water utilities are involved in a vital industry. We look at some ...
  67. Smoking Stocks In 2010

    December 28, 2010
    It was a mixed-bag performance for cigarette makers in 2010.
  68. Rail Stocks Staying On Track

    December 28, 2010
    Rail Stocks Staying On Track
  69. A Look Back On Wineries & Distillers

    December 28, 2010
    High unemployment and fragile spending caused many consumers to trade down in spirits. However, with the economy showing ...
  70. Buy Into Long-Term Care

    December 28, 2010
    The long-term care industry continues to grow. Here's a look at how some of these healthcare companies and stocks performed ...
  71. Carrizo Oil And Gas Loved The Barnett In 2010

    December 28, 2010
    Carrizo Oil and Gas continued developing the Barnett Shale in 2010, and the company set up for more oil and liquids in the ...
  72. Range Resources Digs Into The Marcellus Shale In 2010

    December 28, 2010
    The company remained a high-growth and low-cost operator in 2010.
  73. Hottest Device Stocks Of 2010

    December 28, 2010
    The year's top performers in a tough medical device sector.
  74. Looking Back At M&A In 2010

    December 27, 2010
    Thanks to record low interest rates, an easier corporate lending environment and corporate cash coffers swelling, M&A ...
  75. 5 Mid-Caps With Major Dividends

    December 24, 2010
    Mid-Cap stocks may be more risky then their counterparts in the large-cap equity sector, but they can also offer worthwhile ...
  76. Growth In Unusual Countries

    December 24, 2010
    Looking for growth outside the U.S.? Check out Switzerland, Poland and India!
  77. Heavy Construction Stocks Round-up

    December 24, 2010
    Heavy construction didn't have a bad year, but it wasn't great. However, that doesn't change the fact that the sector is ...
  78. Private Equity Kills Balance Sheets

    December 24, 2010
    We'll use the Z-Score to illustrate how private equity is hurting the financial footing of acquired companies.
  79. Will Facebook Be In China?

    December 24, 2010
    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is in China. Speculation is already rampant that the social network website will re-enter ...
  80. Is Netflix Overvalued?

    December 24, 2010
    While Netflix could become the movie equivalent to Apple's iTunes, it will not be an easy road.
  81. AT&T Ramps Up Its 4G Build Out

    December 23, 2010
    AT&T has agreed to purchase nearly $2 billion of wireless spectrum to expand capacity to its planned 4G network.
  82. What's Your Stock's Repurchase Premium?

    December 23, 2010
    Take a closer look at your favorite stock's statement of equity; you never know what you're going to find
  83. Has Ingenico Done VeriFone A Favor?

    December 23, 2010
    By rebuffing Danaher, Ingencio may be helping VeriFone.
  84. 5 Reasons To Fear GSI Commerce

    December 23, 2010
    Despite its rise from under $9 to $22, GSIC is hiding some serious flaws.
  85. 2010's Top Performing Tech Stocks

    December 23, 2010
    Check out some of 2010's best performing technology stocks.
  86. A Royal Present For Martek Shareholders

    December 23, 2010
    DSM furthers its transition to a food and health-focused chemical company.
  87. Commercial Metals – A Tough Market, May Be Getting Better

    December 23, 2010
    High input costs are a challenge, but 2011 could be a better year for demand.
  88. Can Sasol Liven Up North American Gas?

    December 22, 2010
    Sasol isn't getting involved in Canadian gas, for its own sake.
  89. 4 Casino Stocks Facing Resistance

    December 22, 2010
    4 Casino Stocks Facing Resistance
  90. Powering Up With Fuel Cells

    December 22, 2010
    Moving past the hype of finding cleaner and renewable sources of energy, fuel cells are once again returning to the forefront ...
  91. Aluminum Is Over The Hump

    December 22, 2010
    Is 2011 finally going to be the year aluminum stocks get past the hurdle? The signs say yes, and here's why.
  92. Ratcheting Up The Income In Your Portfolio

    December 22, 2010
    The ETF boom has opened many higher-yielding asset classes to the retail world.
  93. Oil And Gas Plays You've Never Heard Of

    December 22, 2010
    The exploration and production industry is active in so many oil and gas plays that some are unknown to investors.
  94. The Best ETFs Of 2010

    December 21, 2010
    Preciou metals and retail ETFs topped the charts in 2010; now it's up to investors to determine which funds will be winners ...
  95. Oil Stocks Poised To Pop?

    December 21, 2010
    Oil Stocks Poised To Pop?
  96. 4 Strong Dot-Com Companies In 2011

    December 21, 2010
    Even though the dot com era is over, there are still niche players in the market that can dominate and make investors lots ...
  97. InterMune - The Black Knight Of Biotech?

    December 21, 2010
    Possible European approval could save the day for this risky biotech.
  98. Top Institutional Buys

    December 21, 2010
    Looking at a list of top institutional buys is a great stock screen - not a buy list. Let's look closer at these top institutional ...
  99. 4 Stocks For The All-Cap Canadian Portfolio

    December 21, 2010
    In September and October, foreign investors scooped up $24 billion in Canadian securities. Is it time for you to join them?
  100. Nordson's Growth Story Sticks

    December 20, 2010
    With broad economic exposure and over 20% order growth, Nordson results point to the ongoing recovery.
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