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  1. 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.
  2. 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. ...
  3. The 5 Biggest Canadian Mining Companies

    August 20, 2015
    Learn about the largest Canadian mining companies by market capitalization, including potash production, gold production ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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. ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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?
  28. 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. ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. ETF Analysis: PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals

    August 19, 2015
    Learn about the PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals exchange-traded fund, which specializes on investing in pharmaceutical ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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, ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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.
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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, ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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, ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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?
  71. Will Arch Coal file for Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2015
    In the last four years, Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) has been facing headwinds from lower price of coal amid global oversupply. The ...
  72. JC Penney Recovers from Marketing Missteps

    August 18, 2015
    An analysis of how JC Penney's misguided marketing strategies caused its stock to fall from $80 to $8 per share.
  73. How To Trade Forex With Bitcoin

    August 18, 2015
    We look at ways to trade forex with bitcoin and the pitfalls in doing so.
  74. Here Are The 6 Hottest New York Startups Of 2015

    August 18, 2015
    Meet the latest generation of leading New York startups, which may pose a serious threat to their Silicon Valley counterparts.
  75. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    August 18, 2015
    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  76. Should You Work At A Boutique Investment Bank?

    August 18, 2015
    Boutique investment banks are consistently increasing their marketshare. Should you consider a job at a boutique instead ...
  77. Top 3 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs

    August 18, 2015
    Read about three of the best ETFs for exposure to emerging markets debt, which tends to be higher-yielding than bonds in ...
  78. Invest in These 5 Industries When Oil Is Cheap

    August 18, 2015
    Airline and transportation companies benefit directly from cheap oil. But industries that benefit indirectly from cheap oil ...
  79. Analysts Bullish on BioDelivery Ahead of FDA Event

    August 18, 2015
    Analysts expect BioDelivery stock to be bolstered by the upcoming PDUFA date and potential FDA approval for BELBUCA on October ...
  80. Colgate-Palmolive, The Clean And Shiny Investment

    August 18, 2015
    Is Colgate-Palmolive's dividend track record and share buyback a compelling enough reason to buy it?
  81. The Repercussions of Gravity Payments' $70K Minimum Wage

    August 18, 2015
    Gravity Payments announced in April 2015 that it would begin paying its employees a minimum salary of $70,000, but not everyone ...
  82. 5 Companies With Hot Summer Earnings

    August 18, 2015
    Some companies have strong earnings year round, while others see a seasonal spike in revenue during different times of the ...
  83. Oil Is Down, Why Are Airlines Not Lowering Prices?

    August 18, 2015
    The price of oil has dropped more than 50% in a year, but airline ticket prices are still high. Why have airlines not lowered ...
  84. How Does Wealthfront Work and Make Money?

    August 18, 2015
    Wealthfront is a financial technology company that uses software to manage assets for its clients. To open an account, clients ...
  85. Famous Celebrities Who Love Investing

    August 18, 2015
    Celebrities have a bit of a bad reputation these days. These five celebrities, though, have used their fame and their money ...
  86. Sending Money: MoneyGram vs. Western Union

    August 17, 2015
    Comparing the differences between the services – and the fees.
  87. Groupon Lays Off 20 Breadcrumb Workers

    August 17, 2015
    Groupon (NYSE: GRPN) has laid off 20 employees in its Breadcrumb restaurant software business. The move happened after Breadcrumb ...
  88. Strong Stocks with More Bullish Potential

    August 17, 2015
    These stock are trending, and setting up to go even higher. Here's how to trade them.
  89. Results Slip at Key Las Vegas Sands Unit

    August 17, 2015
    Because of a slump in its key market, the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) has suffered big ...
  90. Target to Test Grocery Delivery Service

    August 17, 2015
    Soon you will be able to do your grocery shopping at Target (NYSE: TGT) from your couch. According to a report by the StarTribune, ...
  91. Applied Micro CFO Resignation Triggers Sell-Off

    August 17, 2015
    On Friday, server-on-a-chip semiconductor maker Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) shed nearly 5% of its ...
  92. "Sesame Street" Heading to Time Warner's HBO

    August 17, 2015
    In an agreement that may or may not lead to Snuffleupagus paneling on Real Time with Bill Maher and Sam the Eagle contributing ...
  93. Cash Flow

    August 17, 2015
    The net amount of cash and cash-equivalents moving into and out of a business. Positive cash flow indicates that a company's ...
  94. Vista Outdoor Beats on Earnings and Revenue

    August 17, 2015
    Firearms, ammunition, and hunting sports accessories maker Vista Outdoor (NASDAQ: VSTO) released financial results for its ...
  95. Centene Soon to Change Up CFO Position

    August 17, 2015
    Pretty soon, Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC) will have a new CFO. Last week, the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program ...
  96. How Does Tim Cook's Management Style Differ from Steve Jobs?

    August 17, 2015
    Understand the differences between Tim Cook and Steve Jobs. Learn if the perceived differences makes Cook a good or bad leader ...
  97. Applied Materials Stumbles on Weak Guidance

    August 17, 2015
    On Friday, shareholders of one particular well-known tech company were anything but happy. The reason: Applied Materials ...
  98. Will Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Ever Make a Comeback?

    August 17, 2015
    Discover more about the current condition of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and learn why it is unlikely the company can make ...
  99. Freeport-McMoRan Halts Indonesian Copper Exports

    August 17, 2015
    The business climate in Indonesia goes from bad to worse for copper and gold miner Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX), which halted ...
  100. K+S Says PotashCorp Deal Is Dying but Not Dead

    August 17, 2015
    A merger between Canadian fertilizer giant PotashCorp (NYSE: POT) and its German counterpart K+S is still possible, just ...
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