Analysis & Opinions

  1. Why Renren Wasn't Going to Make It

    June 26, 2011
    There were three big warning signs about the Internet portal well before its dramatic boom-and-bust IPO, writes Robert Hsu ...
  2. Sweet Summer Sectors

    June 26, 2011
    Health care, consumer staples, and utilities have led the market this quarter, and another sector is now emerging as a strong ...
  3. 10 Drug Stocks for Safety and Yields

    June 26, 2011
    Big pharma is an attractive destination for traders and investors looking for safety, yields, and solid value in the current ...
  4. Trade Option Volatility with ETFs

    June 26, 2011
    New ETF products allow traders and investors to gain exposure to volatility-based indexes like the VIX with the same ease ...
  5. The Disadvantage of Smart Investors

    June 26, 2011
    Are you smart? Did you do well in school? Well, by being “smart,” you suffer from a huge handicap in becoming a profitable ...
  6. ConAgra Still Not Very Appetizing

    June 24, 2011
    ConAgra is still a notable laggard in the food space.
  7. Now May Be The Time For Jabil

    June 24, 2011
    Expectations seem high for Jabil, but the rewards will be significant if the company executes.
  8. Are U.S.-Listed Chinese Companies All Bad?

    June 24, 2011
    Clearly, short sellers have been valuable in revealing dishonest companies, but their goods may be great values today as ...
  9. Clouds Good And Bad For Red Hat

    June 24, 2011
    Red Hat continues to sign up new subs, but the marketing spend is a worry.
  10. Superior Energy Services Operations Review

    June 24, 2011
    Superior Energy Services is exposed to drilling activity in both the onshore and offshore areas and gets its business from ...
  11. Who Has The Most Exposure To Greece?

    June 24, 2011
    Standard & Poor's cut Greece's debt rating to one notch above default. Find out who has the most to lose.
  12. Newpark Resources Loves Drilling Fluids

    June 24, 2011
    Newpark Resources is in the drilling fluids business and is going head-to-head with the big three oil service companies in ...
  13. When Stop-Losses Don't Stop Your Losses

    June 24, 2011
    As this example illustrates, stops don't always work as advertised…and the result of missing the right exit point can be ...
  14. Railroad Stocks Are Right on Track

    June 23, 2011
    While the overall market struggles, railroad stocks are an attractive area for new buying, and risk-controlled entry points ...
  15. Percolating Coffee Profits

    June 23, 2011
    With global demand rising and supplies still threatened by poor weather, coffee prices will continue to rise. For investors, ...
  16. FedEx Delivers Strength

    June 23, 2011
    FedEx delivered an impressive quarter and full fiscal year results. The company has improved its operations and, as an economic ...
  17. Philips Needs A Shake-Up

    June 23, 2011
    Philips badly needs to reform and rebuild its operations.
  18. Adobe's Growth Prospects Improving

    June 23, 2011
    Adobe's growth trends going forward should accelerate on a number of product upgrades and the inability of rivals to eat ...
  19. 3 Steps to Hedging with LEAPS Options

    June 23, 2011
    Using a simple three-step process and LEAPS options, longer-term investors can limit downside risk while still capitalizing ...
  20. Complete Production Services

    June 23, 2011
    Complete Production Services is tied to the drilling cycle in the U.S. and will see increased demand for its services and ...
  21. Against All Odds, Some Stocks Near All-Time Highs

    June 23, 2011
    Despite the recent weakness, some stocks remain near record highs.
  22. FedEx Success Highlights Even Bigger Opportunities

    June 23, 2011
    While FedEx may have grabbed the most headlines after a stellar quarter and compelling outlook, the optimism Fred Smith feels ...
  23. 2 Biotechs to Keep an Eye On

    June 23, 2011
    There's a new way of treating cancer and these two companies are leading the pack, notes Michael Murphy of New World Investor. ...
  24. Revisiting The "Brand" Name Portfolio

    June 22, 2011
    With Internet Brands being acquired, it's time to update the progress of the nine stocks that make up our "brand" name portfolio.
  25. Looking For Big Dividends In Telecom

    June 22, 2011
    For investors, the telecommunications sector offers high dividends as well as capital gains opportunities.
  26. The "Dispersion Trade" May Be in Play

    June 22, 2011
    A well-known fund has just made a huge bet using a particular option strategy that seeks to profit from “dispersion,” or ...
  27. Can Capital One Get Real Value From ING Direct?

    June 22, 2011
    Capital One is making a high-risk, high-reward play by taking on ING Direct.
  28. Is Google Getting Weaker?

    June 22, 2011
    With data suggesting weakness in its search ad business, is it possible that Google is losing ground?
  29. A Tail Of Two Railroads

    June 22, 2011
    Though both CP and CN railroads seem similar, they have been having very different years.
  30. Some Stocks Have Held Up Well

    June 22, 2011
    Surprisingly, many stocks have held up recently and could be offering an opportunity.
  31. PNC Acquires Another Fixer-Up Bank Chain

    June 21, 2011
    PNC makes a widely-expected move to expand its banking operations into the Southeast.
  32. Finding High Growth In Chemicals

    June 21, 2011
    Although many industrial stocks have lost some luster in the face of a slowing global economy, the chemicals industry is ...
  33. Retail Rundown: Ross Stores And Its Peers

    June 21, 2011
    Ross Stores's operating margin may attract investors in the retail sector.
  34. Good Dividend Stocks For Patient Investors

    June 21, 2011
    These stocks sport dividends that will likely trump Treasuries by a wide margin over the next 5-10 years.
  35. Greek Debt: Are U.S. Banks At Risk?

    June 21, 2011
    With the Greek debt drama continuing to unfold, investors are concerned about big name U.S. banks' exposure.
  36. Take The Long View on Small Stocks

    June 21, 2011
    To realize the true value in low-priced stocks, you need to view them as investments, not trades, writes Marc Gerstein of ...
  37. Dividends Not To Be Dismissed

    June 21, 2011
    Only when choosing attractive investments that pay dividends, and holding those investments until the price suggests a time ...
  38. Time For Cyber Security Stocks

    June 21, 2011
    Learn which stocks are poised to grow from the increasing need for computer network security.
  39. Canadian Natural Resources - Light Oil Properties

    June 21, 2011
    Canadian Natural Resources plans to develop a number of light oil opportunities across its portfolio in 2011.
  40. Keep an Eye on Vanguard's Money Markets

    June 21, 2011
    With yields dropping, Vanguard has had to find ways to cut its already low expenses to keep yields off the floor, observes ...
  41. Industrial Softness Spreading Out

    June 21, 2011
    Guidance among the companies that feed heavy industry confirms a slowdown. Are naysaysers of the U.S economy right?
  42. Is A Tax Holiday On The Way?

    June 21, 2011
    Publicly traded companies have over $1 trillion in cash waiting overseas. Will a tax holiday bring it home?
  43. Dow 30 Stocks With Good Dividends

    June 21, 2011
    For all of you dividend fiends out there, we combed through the Dow 30 to find some of the best yielding stocks...
  44. 5 Refreshing Beverage Stocks

    June 21, 2011
    This summer, expect to see the beverage sector heat up, so let’s cover some top stocks to buy, suggests Louis Navellier of ...
  45. Canadian Natural Resources: International Properties

    June 20, 2011
    Canadian Natural Resources plans to explore and develop oil and gas assets in the North Sea, West Africa and South Africa ...
  46. CNH Global Drives Higher

    June 20, 2011
    CNH Global continues to benefit from a booming agricultural industry. Here are some of the reasons why it's a good time to ...
  47. Pier 1 Continues To Regain Its Mojo

    June 20, 2011
    Pier 1 continues an improbable comeback from the edge of disaster
  48. A Business Review Of Rowan Companies

    June 17, 2011
    Rowan Companies is in the process of a transformation as the company moves to shed its noncore oil service businesses and ...
  49. 2 Quality Stocks Trading Below Book Value

    June 17, 2011
    Book value is not a assurance that a business is cheap, but it can be a meaningful metric in a company's valuation.
  50. Luxury Retailers Holding Strong

    June 17, 2011
    The luxury retailers continue to hold up even as the U.S. consumer is slowing.
  51. Three Reasons To Own General Growth Properties

    June 17, 2011
    Some interesting things are happening at one of America's largest mall owners. Here are three reasons to own its stock.
  52. Johnson & Johnson Surrenders In Stents

    June 17, 2011
    JNJ makes a tough and surprising, but ultimately wise, decision.
  53. Basic Materials Stocks with Double Digit Returns

    June 17, 2011
    Basic Materials Stock have been hot this year. Here are 5 that have returned double digit returns this year.
  54. Diversify With Actively Managed ETFs

    June 17, 2011
    Investors will watch these ETFs to see if the fund managers new roles in managing ETFs can yield consistent index beating ...
  55. Railroads Gear Up To Serve The Bakken

    June 17, 2011
    Oil and gas companies are not the only businesses that are seeing growth from the development of the Bakken formation.
  56. Great Stocks To Diversify Your Portfolio

    June 16, 2011
    For investors who want to diversify their portfolios by participating in the long-term growth some international countries ...
  57. Oil States International - Accommodations Business Review

    June 16, 2011
    Oil States International has seen steady growth in its accomodations business, as the energy industry continues long-term ...
  58. Higher Fertilizer Prices On The Horizon

    June 16, 2011
    As world populations continue to grow, the need for more food will grow as well. For investors, adding the backbone of the ...
  59. The First Small-Cap REIT ETF

    June 16, 2011
    Investors now have an opportunity to invest in the small-cap REIT sector with this new ETF.
  60. Finding Value In Boring Paper

    June 16, 2011
    Left for dead by many investors, the paper and packaging sector offers some interesting growth prospects.
  61. Commodities To Watch

    June 16, 2011
    These commodities are worth watching for clues on where the market is heading.
  62. Will Dry Bulk Shippers Ever Come Back?

    June 15, 2011
    Dry bulk shipping stocks have for the most part been a nightmare for investors the last couple of years. Will the tide ever ...
  63. Agriculture ETFs For Everyone

    June 15, 2011
    Whatever turn the economy takes, the demand for food may be the most certain aspect of an otherwise uncertain global economy.
  64. Ethanol Wins The Battle, Not The War

    June 15, 2011
    The senate gave the U.S. ethanol subsidy a little new life this week. Which ethanol stocks win and lose?
  65. Best Buy Has A Number Of Profit Levers To Pull

    June 15, 2011
    Best Buy appears to have a number of levers to pull in order to keep overall profitability moving forward.
  66. Cisco Looks To Get Competitive

    June 14, 2011
    What's it going to take for the former networking icon to get back on track?
  67. Canadian Natural Resources Analyst Day Review

    June 14, 2011
    Canadian Natural Resources will spend most of its capital in 2011 on oil and liquids projects as the company goes after higher ...
  68. Market Leaders Moving In Lockstep With The Indexes

    June 14, 2011
    The market leaders are not revealing any bottoming patterns yet.
  69. 5 Video Game Stocks to Power up your Portfolio

    June 14, 2011
    Learn about some of the biggest players in this multibillion dollar industry!
  70. Is Chipotle Too Expensive?

    June 14, 2011
    Chipotle's stock is off slightly from its 52-week high. Is the stock a good deal, or is it too pricey?
  71. Can Arby's Ever Find A Stable Home?

    June 14, 2011
    Arby's passes to yet another buyer in the hopes of a lasting turnaround.
  72. Analysis Of Current Gold Prices

    June 14, 2011
    Despite a trending opinion, gold is not in a bubble and the commodity still holds opportunity for investors.
  73. A Look At Helmerich And Payne

    June 13, 2011
    Helmerich and Payne is leveraged to the United States drilling cycle and benefiting from the increase in drilling.
  74. UFP Technologies: Growth By Innovation

    June 13, 2011
    This protective packaging company is growing through innovation and acquisitions. Find out why this is a winning combination.
  75. Lululemon's Growth Moots The Valuation

    June 13, 2011
    Can Lululemon keep growing fast enough to satisfy the momentum crowd?
  76. The Winner And Losers Of Recent IPOs

    June 13, 2011
    Learn the short-term fate of these 2011 IPOs.
  77. Power Up With Utility Dividends

    June 13, 2011
    Utilities are time-tested dividend payors, but some are better than the rest.
  78. The Glass Is Half-Full At Thomson Reuters

    June 10, 2011
    There are many Thomson Reuters detractors in the investor relations industry, but you could say the glass is half-full for ...
  79. Lipitor: Pfizer's Loss Is Watson's Gain

    June 10, 2011
    With Lipitor coming off its patent soon, there are a couple of drug companies looking to cash in on sales of the generic ...
  80. Should Investors Worry If Gen-Probe Doesn't Sell Out?

    June 10, 2011
    Not selling may be the best move Gen-Probe can make for its shareholders.
  81. Newborn Energy Companies

    June 10, 2011
    Two new energy companies have gone public as larger energy companies look to spin off assets and increase shareholder value.
  82. George Soros Bets On Visteon

    June 9, 2011
    Learn why investors should join in on George Soros' $133 million investment in Visteon.
  83. Refiners Getting Ready For Heavier Crude

    June 9, 2011
    Heavy oil production from the oil sands of Canada is expected to grow rapidly during this decade.
  84. Booz Allen Hamilton Seeking More Agility

    June 9, 2011
    Booz Allen remains a solid watch-list candidate to see if growth trends improve now that it is a public company.
  85. BJ's Wholesale Looks To Go Private

    June 9, 2011
    BJ's Wholesale is expected to be bought out by a private equity firm, but is the price right for investors?
  86. Talisman Energy: Southeast Asia Oil And Gas Review

    June 8, 2011
    Talisman Energy has a large inventory of development projects in Southeast Asia that it will use to generate 8% annual production ...
  87. More Options For Income

    June 8, 2011
    With replacing lost income on the minds of many retiring Baby Boomers, the options for dividend focused investing continue ...
  88. Pep Boys Falls Behind

    June 8, 2011
    Pep Boys' essentially-flat quarter in the highly competitive auto repair and service space isn't good enough to keep up.
  89. 3 Reasons To Own Moog Inc.

    June 8, 2011
    This could be a smart time to own stock in Moog, a manufacturer of precision motion-control solutions.
  90. Waiting For A Clearance Sale On Ulta

    June 8, 2011
    Ulta is a great growth concept, but investors need to maintain price discipline.
  91. International Paper Makes A Grab For Temple-Inland

    June 8, 2011
    IP is low-balling Temple-Inland and it probably won't work.
  92. Stocks For An Inflationary World

    June 8, 2011
    It's important to recognize the characteristics of inflation before it's too late.
  93. A Dull ASCO And The Usual Sell-Off

    June 7, 2011
    Investors shouldn't be spooked by the normal post-ASCO sell-off
  94. Today's Timely Stocks

    June 7, 2011
    Those who buy purely on momentum or timeliness may experience an unpleasant result. But absent nosebleed valuations, the ...
  95. 3 Things You Need To Know About Groupon

    June 7, 2011
    Although Groupon uses humor to brand itself as an unconventional company, the reality is that it isn't very different from ...
  96. Canadian Oil Production Set To Grow Rapidly

    June 7, 2011
    Canadian oil production will grow quickly over the next two decades as many oil and gas operators are investing capital here.
  97. M-Commerce Continues To Grow

    June 7, 2011
    As smartphone adoption continues to grow, so will M-Commerce. As the mobile landscape expands, investors may want to consider ...
  98. Consumer Staple Stocks Look Durable

    June 7, 2011
    Investors should consider letting the consumer come to the rescue - but not in the way you think.
  99. Infrastructure In India

    June 7, 2011
    India represents much opportunity. However, until it gets its infrastructure in order, that potential will be muted.
  100. Conglomerates With A Dividend Angle

    June 6, 2011
    Well-run conglomerates can be great additions to income-oriented portfolios.
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