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  1. Leggett & Platt Switches CEOs -- Time to Buy?

    August 21, 2015
    On New Year's Day, home and automotive components maker Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) will get a new CEO. This week, Leggett ...
  2. 10 Overlooked Growth Stocks to Consider

    August 21, 2015
    For investors with a long-term view, here are 10 overlooked growth stocks to consider.
  3. 3 Reasons to Be Bearish on Kinder Morgan

    August 21, 2015
    Instead of crunching numbers in an effort to make a case that matches your position, simply apply logic. That's what successful ...
  4. What Drives Ford's Profits? Not Just Cars

    August 21, 2015
    Ford, an experienced legacy car manufacturer, sells a lot of cars around the world and makes a lot of money in the money ...
  5. Panera Matches Rival in Changing Pumpkin Latte

    August 21, 2015
    As part of an overall plan to offer "clean" beverages, Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) has changed the recipe for its Pumpkin ...
  6. Sony Plans a Star Wars PS4 for the Holiday Season

    August 21, 2015
    The Force will be very strong this Christmas season. In addition to the December 18th release of Star Wars Episode VII: ...
  7. Currency-Hedged ETFs: Should You Invest?

    August 21, 2015
    Currency-hedged ETFs offer many more pros than cons when compared to their counterparts, but there is still one big con. ...
  8. Who Will Be the Tesla of the Airline Industry?

    August 21, 2015
    Explore the move toward producing electric-powered airplanes and learn what companies are in the forefront for developing ...
  9. Valeant Pharmaceuticals acquires Sprout Pharmaceuticals

    August 21, 2015
    On August 20, 2015, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that they entered into definitive agreement to acquire Sprout ...
  10. Avoid These 3 Value Trap Stocks

    August 20, 2015
    Investors are wise to do their homework and avoid the following companies that might be value traps.
  11. 4 Reasons Intercept Pharmaceuticals Should Be on Your Radar

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about Intercept Pharmaceuticals and what type of biopharmaceuticals it seeks to create. Understand four reasons why ...
  12. Earnings: Focus On Deere's Strategy Fix As Revenue A Rare Commodity

    August 20, 2015
    Down on the farm things aren’t exactly sprouting and we’ll see how that plays out when Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) —the ...
  13. Advanced Semiconductor: Wrong Place, Wrong Time

    August 20, 2015
    As many investors know, in the near term, momentum and broad market swings can impact an individual stock -- whether it ...
  14. Looking to Invest in China's Fast Food Industry? Try KFC

    August 20, 2015
    Read about the fast food industry in China, and learn what makes KFC the dominant brand in a market poised for years of high ...
  15. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Biotech Companies

    August 20, 2015
    Explore the rapidly growing biotechnology industry, and learn some of the key financial ratios investors use to analyze companies ...
  16. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Automotive Industry

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about the most critically important financial ratios investors and market analysts utilize to evaluate companies in ...
  17. Target Thumps Q2 EPS Estimates, Lifts Guidance

    August 20, 2015
    Target (NYSE: TGT) hit the bulls-eye with its latest set of quarterly results. On Wednesday, the company reported its second ...
  18. Lowe's Posts a Mixed Second Quarter

    August 20, 2015
    Home improvement retailer Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) recently reported mixed second quarter earnings, which beat top line estimates ...
  19. WWE Makes a Bid to Broaden Its Audience

    August 20, 2015
    When John Stewart stepped away from The Daily Show after 16 years as host, speculation as to where he would land next was ...
  20. BB&T Paying $1.8 Billion to Buy Regional Bank

    August 20, 2015
    BB&T (NYSE: BBT) is at it again. Mere months after closing a pair of acquisitions, the regional banking group has announced ...
  21. DeVry Fails Its Earnings Report

    August 20, 2015
    DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV) suffered a steep fall in its stock price this week, after the for-profit educator reported ...
  22. Sprint Rolls Out Its iPhone Forever Plan

    August 20, 2015
    It's official: Sprint (NYSE: S) has joined T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) in offering customers unlimited iPhone upgrades. The carrier's ...
  23. Viacom and Time Warner Bow to Compton Biopic

    August 20, 2015
    The N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" shot up the box office last weekend, pulling in more than $60 million for Universal ...
  24. FCC Denies DISH's $3.3 Billion Spectrum Discounts

    August 20, 2015
    In a move that has long-been assumed, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to deny DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) ...
  25. Activist Investor Targets Sysco

    August 20, 2015
    Fresh from having to terminate its planned $3.5 billion merger with U.S. Foods as the FTC balked at the food distribution ...
  26. Is Wal-Mart a Public Nuisance?

    August 20, 2015
    Because of the shoplifting, brawling, and hundreds of other incidents occurring daily at the Beech Grove, Indiana Wal-Mart ...
  27. Looking to Invest in Oil Tankers? Try These 3 Stocks

    August 20, 2015
    Obtain information on the oil shipping industry, and discover three of the most widely traded oil tanker stocks to obtain ...
  28. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Spotify Worth?

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about the private company Spotify and how it has achieved success. Understand the company's most recent valuation and ...
  29. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Uber Worth?

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about the private company Uber and how it has found so much success since 2010. Understand the valuation of the company ...
  30. Bristow Group Welcomes a New CFO

    August 20, 2015
    In what may turn out to be a controversial decision, Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) is promoting a former Enron chief executive ...
  31. State Street Shifts to Hedge Funds

    August 20, 2015
    ETF pioneer State Street has been losing market share to its peers. Here's how it plans to turn that around.
  32. Starbucks Changes a Popular Seasonal Product

    August 20, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has made a change to what may be its most popular seasonal drink that may shock its customers. ...
  33. The 5 Biggest Canadian Mining Companies

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about the largest Canadian mining companies by market capitalization, including potash production, gold production ...
  34. The 4 Technology Stocks You'll Wish You Bought in 2015

    August 20, 2015
    Find out which technology stocks you wish you had bought in January 2015, including such big names as Amazon.com, Netflix ...
  35. The 3 Biggest Canadian Banks

    August 20, 2015
    Examine some of the largest banks in Canada, which also rank among the largest and most important banks in the industry worldwide.
  36. TJX Beats on Q2 Revenue and Net, Lifts Guidance

    August 20, 2015
    TJX (NYSE: TJX) is wearing it well these days. The discount clothing and home goods retailer on reported fiscal second quarter ...
  37. Meet the World's Newest Chip Maker: Rambus

    August 20, 2015
    It is a long way from the courtroom to the factory. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS) has just undertaken that unusual journey in the ...
  38. Lockheed Martin Scores $450 Million From TSA

    August 20, 2015
    Dear air traveler: Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) wants to wish you a safe and happy flight -- all the more so because it will ...
  39. The 6 Biggest Russian Banks

    August 20, 2015
    Examine the largest banks in the Russian Federation, including the massive conglomerate Sberbank, which is the third-largest ...
  40. This Is Why Instagram Is Winning Over Flickr

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about Instagram's and Flickr's business models. Understand why Instagram has been winning over Flickr and why that ...
  41. Chinese Yuan: A 360 Degree Analysis

    August 20, 2015
    The Chinese yuan (Renminbi) is the currency of China, with currency code CNY and currency symbol ¥. In early 2014, the CNY ...
  42. Omeros Corporation's Stock Surges

    August 20, 2015
    Omeros Corporation (OMER), a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, reported an additional positive data from a Phase 2 ...
  43. Real Estate Investment Trust ETFs Offer Stability

    August 19, 2015
    Risk-averse traders are turning to real estate investment trusts. We'll look at a popular real estate investment trust ETF ...
  44. Top ETF Performers YTD - They'll Surprise You

    August 19, 2015
    The top performing ETFs of 2015 may surprise you. Here they are, and the outlook for them going forward.
  45. The Role of YouTube In the Music industry

    August 19, 2015
    A look into YouTube's role in the music industry in regards to the fans, the musicians and the record industry.
  46. Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Baidu?

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about the Chinese search company Baidu, how it is similar to Google, and why it is successful. Understand whether it ...
  47. Four ETFs for Trading Falling Crude Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Commodity traders are turning toward oil because the recent move below a key support level is signaling a move lower. We'll ...
  48. SAIC Lands $315 Million U.S. Defense Contract

    August 19, 2015
    One single company took home more than 40% of the nearly $750 million in contract awards that the Pentagon announced earlier ...
  49. U.S. Steel Shutters Alabama Plant

    August 19, 2015
    In one of the "difficult decisions" it has made in recent times, metallurgy giant United States Steel (NYSE: X) said it ...
  50. Pentair Makes a Budget-Busting Acquisition

    August 19, 2015
    U.K.-based pump and valve manufacturer Pentair (NYSE: PNR) is reaching across the Atlantic Ocean for its latest asset buy. ...
  51. Home Depot Meets Q2 Expectations, Raises Guidance

    August 19, 2015
    Home Depot (NYSE: HD) brought home few surprises in its most recent quarter. The big retailer delivered second quarter results ...
  52. Target Names New CFO and First COO

    August 19, 2015
    Changes are afoot in the executive suite at Target (NYSE: TGT). The company has created a new top management position, chief ...
  53. Yum! Brands KFC Has Another New Col. Sanders?

    August 19, 2015
    When Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) decided to bring back KFC's Col. Sanders mascot earlier this year, the decision was met with ...
  54. Liberty Interactive's QVC Buying Zulily

    August 19, 2015
    Liberty Interactive (NASDAQ: LVNTA) (NASDAQ: QVCA), which owns the QVC shopping channel, has made a deal to purchase Zulily ...
  55. Netflix Moving Completely Into the Cloud

    August 19, 2015
    At one point, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) maintained the huge server farms needed for its digital streaming video service. Over ...
  56. Sony PlayStation Experience Set for December

    August 19, 2015
    Every year, Sony (NYSE: SNE) holds a public coming-out party for new PlayStation 4 games, features, and experiences. The ...
  57. How GM Keeps on Truckin'

    August 19, 2015
    Following a giant bailout and a giant IPO, the new GM is carried by sales of its giant trucks. But is it profitable?
  58. Etsy Cuts Taxes by Routing Revenue Through Ireland

    August 19, 2015
    Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY) recently decided to route more revenue through its Irish subsidiary, Etsy Ireland, to reduce its taxes. ...
  59. Gazprom and Shell: The Right Partnership?

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about Shell and Gazprom, what industry they operate in and if they're competitors. Understand if their recent partnership ...
  60. Healthcare Trust of America Raises Dividend

    August 19, 2015
    With the graying of the American population, healthcare is a strong business to be in these days. In a sign of the good ...
  61. Qualcomm Sells Its U.K. Spectrum to Vodafone

    August 19, 2015
    Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), the largest mobile chipmaker in the world, has completed the sale of its L-Band spectrum (1452 ...
  62. E*TRADE Financial Posts Mixed Results for July

    August 19, 2015
    For E*TRADE Financial (NASDAQ: ETFC), mid-summer has been a good news/bad news period. Last week, the company released its ...
  63. Buffett Refreshes Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio

    August 19, 2015
    Warren Buffett, it seems, has a go-against-the-grain view on the prospects of the cable industry and is no longer fond of ...
  64. Sonoco Aims to Boost Earnings With Price Hike

    August 19, 2015
    Buying items on Amazon.com and having them shipped to your doorstep free with Prime has to be one of the greatest innovations ...
  65. New Lockheed Subsidiary Targets Drone Industry

    August 19, 2015
    Tuesday was a slow day at the Pentagon, with only $267 million in new defense contracts awarded. Most of the deals were ...
  66. The Impact of the 401(k) Court Ruling on Advisors

    August 19, 2015
    The Supreme Court's recent ruling on 401(k)s has many implications for financial advisors. Here's a look.
  67. Retirement Plan Options for Small-Business Owners

    August 19, 2015
    Small-business owners and self-employed individuals are responsible for funding their own retirement. The SEP-IRA and solo ...
  68. ETF Analysis: United States Natural Gas Fund LP

    August 19, 2015
    Find out more about the United States Natural Gas exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the ETF and the suitability ...
  69. ETF/ETN Analysis: VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Learn more about the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil exchange-traded note, or ETN, a triple-leveraged debt security backed ...
  70. ETF/ETN Analysis: iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil exchange-traded notes and how investors can use this ETN to profit from short to intermediate ...
  71. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Health Care

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Health Care ETF, its holdings and how it may be appropriate for a growth-oriented investor who wants ...
  72. ETF Analysis: United States Oil Fund

    August 19, 2015
    Find out more about the United States Oil Fund, the characteristics of USO, and the suitability and recommendations of the ...
  73. ETF/ETN Analysis: VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Learn more about the VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil exchange traded note, or ETN, a triple-leveraged debt security backed ...
  74. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB Energy

    August 19, 2015
    Explore information about the PowerShares DB Energy Fund ETF, and learn how investors utilize it to obtain exposure to the ...
  75. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Find out more about the PowerShares DB Oil exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the ETF and the suitability and recommendations ...
  76. ETF Analysis: ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil

    August 19, 2015
    Find out about the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF, the characteristics of the inverse ETF and the suitability ...
  77. ETF Analysis: iShares US Medical Devices

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about the iShares U.S. Medical Devices exchange-traded fund, its characteristics, suitability and recommendations for ...
  78. ETF Analysis: ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ

    August 19, 2015
    Take a closer look at the ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ ETF, a small, inverse-leveraged ETF that relies on a poor performance ...
  79. ETF Analysis: PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about the PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals exchange-traded fund, which specializes on investing in pharmaceutical ...
  80. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Oil Services ETF

    August 19, 2015
    Take a deeper look at the Market Vectors Oil Services exchange-traded fund, a Van Eck product that tracks the performance ...
  81. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Biotech

    August 19, 2015
    Learn more about one of the most popular biotechnology exchange-traded funds, the Market Vectors Biotechnology Exchange-Traded ...
  82. 3 Hotel REITs that Outperformed the Market

    August 19, 2015
    There are quite a few REITs that own and operate a collection of hotels and other lodging properties. They are known as hospitality ...
  83. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Taiwan

    August 19, 2015
    Take a look at the largest Taiwan ETF: BlackRock's iShares MSCI Taiwan. Learn how investors can best apply EWT to their overall ...
  84. The Economics of FanDuel

    August 19, 2015
    Part of fantasy sports’ success lies in one-day and week-long contests serving as an alternative to season-long games. FanDuel, ...
  85. ETF Analysis: iShares Global Healthcare

    August 19, 2015
    Learn more about the iShares Global Healthcare exchange-traded fund which tracks the health care segment of the S&P Global ...
  86. Payroll Processors, Regional Banks await Rate Hike

    August 19, 2015
    Short-term interest rates are creeping higher, which is good news for money market fund managers, payroll processors and ...
  87. Acquisition of Zulily Inc

    August 19, 2015
    On August 17, 2015, Zulily Inc (ZU), an e-commerce company that caters mothers and children, announced that it will be strategically ...
  88. How Does The Eurobond Work?

    August 18, 2015
    No, the Eurobond is NOT from Europe, and is different from EurobondS! Here’s how a Eurobond works, its benefits and its risks.
  89. Nike, Inc. Is A Growth Company

    August 18, 2015
    Nike is not only a very popular sports brand, it's a great stock too. Nike calls itself a growth company; let's take a closer ...
  90. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3x

    August 18, 2015
    Learn about the Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3x (NYSE Arca: ERY) exchange-traded fund (ETF). ERY gains when energy prices drop, ...
  91. Student Loan Asset-Backed Securities: Safe or Subprime?

    August 18, 2015
    Similar to the mortgage-backed securities that caused the 2008 recession, student loan asset-backed securities could lead ...
  92. ETF Analysis: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap

    August 18, 2015
    Learn more about the iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF, and understand how savvy investors might incorporate this ETF into their ...
  93. Is Coca-Cola Ready to Do More Deals?

    August 18, 2015
    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) appointed a new president and chief operating officer that, according to at least one analyst, could ...
  94. McDonald's Finally Launches a Loyalty App

    August 18, 2015
    Investors might want to ask McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), "What took you so long?" The fast food chain is launching a loyalty ...
  95. Papa John's Pushing "Clean" Ingredients

    August 18, 2015
    For nearly 20 years, Papa John's (NASDAQ: PZZA) has used the tag line, "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" in its commercials, ...
  96. ETF Analysis: iShares Russell 1000 Value

    August 18, 2015
    Learn about the iShares Russell 1000 Value exchange-traded fund (ETF), which invests in value stocks that are included in ...
  97. ETF Analysis: iShares Russell 1000 Growth

    August 18, 2015
    Learn about the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF, including how the fund is constructed, its holdings and its strong recent ...
  98. Best Stocks to Buy for Less Than $5

    August 18, 2015
    Learn more about interesting small-cap stocks, selling for less than $5 per share, that investors may wish to consider adding ...
  99. How Xiaomi Profits from $100 Phones

    August 18, 2015
    With smartphones priced below $100 and its newest phones at just a few hundred dollars, how is Chinese company Xiaomi posting ...
  100. Will Donald Trump Take Donations for His Campaign?

    August 18, 2015
    Will Donald Trump's billions net him the Republican nomination, or will he need the help of wealthy donors?
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