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  1. Hershey Goes Natural With Its Latest Acquisition

    April 27, 2016
    In the latest iteration of a food industry trend, candy king Hershey has acquired privately held Ripple Brand Collective, ...
  2. The 3 Best ETFs to Short Gold (DGZ, GLL)

    April 27, 2016
    Discover the best ways to gain short gold exposure, including 100% short exposure, 200% short exposure and 300% short exposure, ...
  3. SanDisk Stock Soars Ahead of Q1 Earnings (SNDK)

    April 27, 2016
    Despite the stock's strong run in the last three months, the shares are still down more than 2% year to date, suggesting ...
  4. Will PayPal Pay on Solid Earnings? (PYPL)

    April 27, 2016
    The company has grown its active accounts by double digit percentage points year over year. A fall to single digits may weigh ...
  5. Will Apple's Weak Q2 Hurt Texas Instruments? (TXN, AAPL)

    April 27, 2016
    Texas Instruments stock has risen on the assumption that the company has grown content share in Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S+ ...
  6. Facebook Stock Lower Ahead of Earnings (FB)

    April 27, 2016
    Technology stocks have gotten punished so far this earnings season thanks to weak revenue, profits and brutal guidance. Can ...
  7. The 5 Largest Japan ETFs (EWJ, DXJ)

    April 27, 2016
    Discover several of the largest Japan ETFs, as measured by assets under management, and learn about the investment exposure ...
  8. Global Utilities: 4 Key Industry Players (EONGY, ENLAY)

    April 27, 2016
    Discover utility companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and obtain a brief description and ...
  9. SPLV vs. LGLV: Comparing Low-Volatility ETFs

    April 27, 2016
    Discover the major differences between two competitive low-volatility ETFs, and learn why one may be more suitable for your ...
  10. Global Health Care Technology: 5 Key Industry Players (JNJ, GSK)

    April 27, 2016
    Discover how to analyze which of these top five key global health care technology industry players best suit your portfolio ...
  11. The 3 Best ProShares ETFs to Short the S&P 500 (SH, SDS)

    April 27, 2016
    Discover the best three exchange-traded-funds to short the S&P 500, and learn how to avoid the negative compounding effect ...
  12. The Debt Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    April 27, 2016
    Learn more about the rising role of corporate debt among the U.S. consumer discretionary sector, and why shifting monetary ...
  13. iShares Silver Trust ETF: Who Is Invested? (SLV)

    April 26, 2016
    Discover the top institutional owners of the iShares Silver Trust exchange-traded fund (ETF), their exact ownership and their ...
  14. TZA: Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Shares ETF and the performance patterns that have emerged since its launch ...
  15. SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the iShares Silver Trust ETF since January 2012, and analyze the seasonal trends that emerge ...
  16. UCO: Crude Oil ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Explore how double-leveraged exposure to oil prices has affected the performance of the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ...
  17. ETF Flows: Japan ETFs Winning Assets (FJP, HEWJ)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about the factors currently affecting the Japanese economy, and discover which Japan-focused ETFs are drawing the most ...
  18. (SH) ProShares Short S&P 500 ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 26, 2016
    Find out which institutions are investing in the ProShares Short S&P 500 ETF and who's buying, who's selling, and who holds ...
  19. VGSIX: A Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Find information relating to Vanguard REIT Index Fund including an overview, historical performance analysis and price trends ...
  20. 3 Infrastructure ETFs Worth Considering (IGF, NFRA)

    April 26, 2016
    Discover the infrastructure asset class and why it may be a good addition to your portfolio, and learn about three unique ...
  21. 3 Large-Cap Value Mutual Funds for Bull and Bear Markets (MLVEX, ...

    April 26, 2016
    Explore the large-cap value mutual funds that have captured at least 96% of the S&P 500's returns over the last three years ...
  22. Earnings Guide: 3 Insights to Consider in U.S. Markets (QCOM, ...

    April 26, 2016
    Assess current earnings trends that affect financial decisions in today's volatile market, focusing on ratios, dividends ...
  23. Why Charles Schwab Finally Raised Its Dividend

    April 26, 2016
    Until last week, brokerage Charles Schwab could have easily topped anyone's "least likely to raise its dividend" list. The ...
  24. 3 Reasons Global Bond ETFs Should Be in Your Portfolio (GHYG, ...

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about the global bond market and discover three reasons to include this asset class in your portfolio, along with two ...
  25. Wal-Mart Stock: An Earnings Case Study (WMT)

    April 26, 2016
    Examine Wal-Mart's earnings history and outlook. Analyze financial data to determine which factors are driving performance ...
  26. Dunkin' Donuts Tests Its Take on a Southern Staple

    April 26, 2016
    Dunkin' Donuts started in the Northeast, a market which does not always follow national trends. For example, many customers ...
  27. 2 Cybersecurity ETFs to Consider (CIBR, HACK)

    April 26, 2016
    Consider these two cybersecurity ETFs. Cybercrime is among the the top five global risks, and the cybersecurity market is ...
  28. Twitter Stock Punished Despite User Growth, EPS Beat (TWTR)

    April 26, 2016
    The market's reaction to Twitter's numbers seems knee-jerked and a "sell the news" event, given the shares had risen more ...
  29. Apple Stock Tanks on Q2 Miss, Weak Outlook (AAPL)

    April 26, 2016
    Ahead of Tuesday's results, investors braced for the worst in Apple's results. And they got it.
  30. 4 ETFs to Play the New Iran Deal (XOP, XLFS)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn which industries may benefit from the Iran nuclear deal, and discover the exchange-traded funds that can be used to ...
  31. Nike Stock: An Earnings Case Study (NKE)

    April 26, 2016
    Analyze Nike's historical earnings to determine which factors are driving profit. Assess income performance and consensus ...
  32. Who Are Ally Financial's Main Competitors? (ALLY)

    April 26, 2016
    Find out which companies are Ally Financials biggest competitors and how it stacks up against them with its auto-lending ...
  33. Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger Wins Approval (TWC, CHTR)

    April 26, 2016
    Charter Communications won preliminary approval Monday for its takeover of Time Warner Cable, but the deal will be subject ...
  34. Emerging Markets: Why India Continues to Impress

    April 26, 2016
    You can make an argument that large emerging markets are no longer emerging, unless you're talking about India.
  35. The 3 Best ETFs to Short Emerging Markets Equities (EUM, EEM)

    April 26, 2016
    Discover the emerging markets equity asset class, and learn about three different ETFs you can use to get varying amounts ...
  36. Generate Income In Retirement Using ETFs

    April 26, 2016
    There are many effective strategies that retirement investors can utilize to fill their income gap. Here are some ideas that ...
  37. DBA: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Explore the performance of the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund since 2012, as well as the factors that have pressured share ...
  38. Nasdaq-100 Weakness Waving Red Flags (QQQ, SPY)

    April 26, 2016
    The Nasdaq-100 is lagging blue chip and small cap indices, signaling a bearish divergence that could end the recovery wave.
  39. Warning of High GoPro Inventories Whacks Ambarella

    April 26, 2016
    Shares of GoPro and its supplier Ambarella respectively tumbled 8% and 6% on Monday after Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson ...
  40. The 4 Largest Small-Cap ETFs (IWM, IJR)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about how U.S. small-cap stocks have performed in 2016 and over the past year, and the top four largest U.S. small-cap ...
  41. NXP Semiconductors Posts Solid Q1 Earnings

    April 26, 2016
    NXP Semiconductors recently reported solid first-quarter earnings that beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines. ...
  42. Alcoa vs. BHP Billiton: Which Is Better for My Portfolio?

    April 26, 2016
    Obtain an up-to-date overview of BHP Billiton and Alcoa, Inc., two key players for investors seeking exposure to the aluminum ...
  43. iShares U.S. Construction vs. SPDR Homebuilders: Comparing Homebuilder ...

    April 26, 2016
    Learn why the U.S. housing sector may soon take off in 2016, and discover how to easily gain exposure to the sector, through ...
  44. (ATI) Who are Allegheny Technologies' Main Competitors?

    April 26, 2016
    Read about the specialty metals and components producer Allegheny Technologies, and learn more about its operations and competitive ...
  45. TVIX: An ETN Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Explore the performance of the the VelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Short Term ETN since 2012, including the reasons behind the ...
  46. Inside Warren Buffett's Woodstock for Capitalists

    April 26, 2016
    The annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting kicks off this weekend, and it's the 52nd year with Warren Buffett at the helm. Here's ...
  47. Wait for a Pullback to Buy Pan American Silver (PAAS, SLV)

    April 26, 2016
    Pan American Silver is trading just two points from resistance, warning sidelined players to wait for a substantial pullback.
  48. UGA: US Gasoline ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Explore the performance of United States Gasoline since 2012, how the fund tracks gasoline prices and the risks for buy-and-hold ...
  49. FEZ vs. IEV: Comparing Europe ETFs

    April 26, 2016
    Discover and compare two European exchange-traded funds. Learn about their purpose, strategy, characteristics and investor ...
  50. WWE Is Making a Big Push Into China

    April 26, 2016
    While the movie business has made China its second-most important market, American sports -- or in this case, pseudo-sports ...
  51. VWELX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Explore several risk metrics of VWELX. Learn what beta, R-squared, capture ratios and standard deviation say about volatility ...
  52. Emerging Market ETFs Feel the Pinch (EEM, VWO)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn which factors explain the poor performance in emerging markets, and why some believe these markets may have bottomed.
  53. Alibaba Affiliate Raises $4.5B in Series B Capital (BABA)

    April 26, 2016
    Ant Financial, announced Tuesday that it had closed a fundraising of $4.5 billion at a whopping valuation of $60 billion
  54. The Debt Report: The Energy Sector

    April 26, 2016
    Discover how the energy sector bit off more debt than it could chew, and learn why the energy bond contagion has market analysts ...
  55. ConAgra Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (CAG)

    April 26, 2016
    The company has found ways to beat Wall Street earnings estimates in the previous two quarters by an average of 8 cents per ...
  56. GoPro Stock Falls on High Inventory Fears (GPRO)

    April 26, 2016
    It's not looking as if the analyst community is onboard with GoPro's turnaround efforts.
  57. Xerox Misses on Q1 Earnings, Gives Weak Guidance (XRX)

    April 26, 2016
    While Xerox justifiably opted to not spend money on buybacks, it's likely a sign that perhaps even Xerox doesn't see the ...
  58. Philips Q1 Results Make IPO Spinnoff More Likely (PHG)

    April 26, 2016
    The direction PHG stock takes from here will likely depend on any update the management provides about the company's separation. ...
  59. The 3 Best Mutual Funds to Short Global Equities (GRZZX, UXPIX)

    April 26, 2016
    Discover the three best mutual funds that bearish investors can use to short global markets, and learn which fund is best ...
  60. Global Consumer Durables: 5 Key Industry Players (VLKAY, TM)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn how the consumer durables industry is dominated by auto manufacturers and which German carmaker finally became the ...
  61. GGGG: Pure Gold Miners ETF Performance Case Study

    April 26, 2016
    Find out why the Global X Pure Gold Miners ETF barely made it off of the ground, closing before reaching its fourth full ...
  62. 3 Best High-Yielding Blended Bond Mutual Funds (RSHIX, EIHIX)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about three high-yield bond mutual funds with strong track records and excellent fundamentals that make sense as part ...
  63. The 5 Largest Total Market ETFs (EFA, VTI)

    April 26, 2016
    Learn about the five largest total market ETFs by assets under management. Explore the tracking indexes, yields, expense ...
  64. 3 Best High-Yielding Global Bond Mutual Funds (GGBFX, PRSNX)

    April 26, 2016
    Discover why global bond funds may be a great addition to your portfolio, and learn about three different high-yielding funds ...
  65. The Debt Report: The Telecom Sector

    April 25, 2016
    Discover how America's telecommunications providers have been piling on debt since the Great Recession, and how part of the ...
  66. The 5 Biggest Oil Bankruptcies of All Time (CVX, OGXP3.SA)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about the five largest bankruptcies in the oil industry. With oil prices in a slump and a global oversupply of oil, ...
  67. This Is What Mark Zuckerberg's Portfolio Looks Like (FB, MSFT)

    April 25, 2016
    Find out where the sixth-richest billionaire on the Forbes List, Mark Zuckerberg, invests his money to continue securing ...
  68. ARTIX: Artisan International Investor Performance Case Study

    April 25, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Artisan International Fund since 2012, and learn how foreign currency risk can make this fund ...
  69. The 3 Best Government Money Market Funds (CPFXX, SPAXX)

    April 25, 2016
    Discover three of the most popular and best performing government money market funds well suited for investors seeking capital ...
  70. Consumer Discretionary ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (XLY, ...

    April 25, 2016
    Do not expect big gains from all retail ETFs simply because the SPDR S&P Retail ETF leads the consumer discretionary sector ...
  71. The Best ETFs to Short Oil (DNO, SCO)

    April 25, 2016
    Discover the best ways to get short oil exposure, including 100%, 200% and 300% short exposure, depending on your own personal ...
  72. Now Caterpillar Says the Mining Rally Is Overblown

    April 25, 2016
    Although the market has been dismissing concerns over the rally in pricing for various commodities, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is ...
  73. King Could Be a Huge Boost for Activision Blizzard

    April 25, 2016
    Mobile games are positioning themselves to outperform their PC-based peers, a new study finds. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ...
  74. 3 Best Dividend-Paying Asia-Pacific ex-Japan Equity ETFs (EPP, ...

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about three Asia-based exchange-traded funds that exclude investments in Japan. Discover why you may want to include ...
  75. Is Costco Ready for a Membership Fee Increase?

    April 25, 2016
    To offset the impact of slowing sales, Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is going to be raising its annual membership fees next year ...
  76. Is Offline Viewing Now in the Cards for Netflix?

    April 25, 2016
    In becoming the dominant digital streaming service, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has consistently refused to allow subscribers ...
  77. Interest-Only Mortgage Case Study: Exploring Sweden's Potential ...

    April 25, 2016
    Explore Sweden's overheating housing market while learning about the most recently proposed solution and the effect it may ...
  78. Baidu Forms Team to Develop Self-Driving Cars

    April 25, 2016
    Taking a page from its American rivals, Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) has formed a team to develop the technology necessary for a ...
  79. Starbucks Testing New Store Concepts in Chicago

    April 25, 2016
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) closed 2015 with over 12,500 stores in the United States. Compare that to rival Panera Bread, which ...
  80. All-You-Can-Eat Fries Is a No-Go at McDonald's

    April 25, 2016
    While a number of company-wide innovations at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) have come as a result of franchisee experimentation, ...
  81. The 3 Best ETFs to Short Commodities (DNO, SZO)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about the strategies of three inverse commodity ETFs, and discover why they offer an alternative method to bet on a ...
  82. General Motors Stock Drives Higher on Q1 Beat (GM)

    April 25, 2016
    Combined with improved performance in Europe, not only did GM beat earnings expectations, the company affirmed its bullish ...
  83. 3 Mutual Funds for Income-Hungry Gold ETF Investors (VWEHX, FRESX)

    April 25, 2016
    Discover three high-yielding mutual funds that provide investors with the income they need in today's low-yield market environment.
  84. Alphabet Inc. Stock's Earnings Miss Spells Trouble (GOOGL)

    April 25, 2016
    While Alphabet Inc.'s absolute results weren't bad, expectations, combined with the stock's outperformance, were simply too ...
  85. AMD Stock Surge 20% on Q1 Beat, Outlook (AMD, INTC)

    April 25, 2016
    Thanks to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)'s earnings beat, solid outlook and promise of a profit this fiscal year, AMD ...
  86. ETF Flows: U.S. Investment Grade Muni ETFs Are Winning Assets ...

    April 25, 2016
    Discover four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in municipal fixed income securities and witnessed the most capital ...
  87. Boeing Stock: An Earnings Case Study (BA)

    April 25, 2016
    Check out the earnings analysis for Boeing, including the company's historical earnings and analysts' past and future earnings ...
  88. Bankrupt SunEdison Sticks With India Projects (SUNE)

    April 25, 2016
    Does SunEdison's aggressiveness make sense given the company's bankruptcy protection filing?
  89. Office Depot Earnings: What to Expect (ODP, SPLS)

    April 25, 2016
    Office Depot is trying to rebound from years of declining sales, compounded by the dominant rise of Amazon.com's e-commerce ...
  90. Capital One Stock Rises Ahead of Earnings (COF)

    April 25, 2016
    With COF stock rising more than 7% and 23% in the respective one month and three months, the question should be "what's in ...
  91. Halliburton Pre-Announces Q1 Earnings (HAL, BHI)

    April 25, 2016
    How high the stock goes from here will be based on how quickly Halliburton can shift its focus from merely saving on costs ...
  92. GE Q1 Earnings Beat, Boosted by Industrial Growth (GE)

    April 25, 2016
    The shares are down about 1.5% on the Q1 results, suggesting investors were hoping for GE to raise its outlook for 2016.
  93. Google Builds "Area 120" So Entrepreneurs Stay Put (GOOGL)

    April 25, 2016
    Google has lost more than one talented employee to the siren song of tech entrepreneurism. To stop this bleeding of ideas, ...
  94. GLD: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 25, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the SPDR Gold Shares ETF since January 2012, and identify seasonal trends in the fund's performance ...
  95. Why Ford Spent $200K On a Tesla (F, TSLA)

    April 25, 2016
    There's no shame in appreciating the handiwork of a competitor, even it Ford is willing to absorb some sticker shock. Call ...
  96. DuPont Earnings: What to Expect (DD, DOW)

    April 25, 2016
    A combined DuPont/Dow company creates even stronger options from the standpoint of improved costs structures and pricing ...
  97. Hershey Stock Declines Ahead of Earnings (HSY)

    April 25, 2016
    Hershey shares have been under pressure falling more than 3% last week, suggesting that investors don't expect a sweet earnings ...
  98. Lockheed Martin Stock Rises Ahead of Earnings (LMT, LDOS)

    April 25, 2016
    Lockheed continues to build for the future, suggesting that the stock's all-time high status is no barrier to future premiums.
  99. Costco Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (COST)

    April 25, 2016
    Costco will send its dividend payment on May 13 to shareholders of record as of April 27.
  100. T-Mobile Earnings: What to Expect (TMUS)

    April 25, 2016
    Thanks to its aggressive promotions, aimed at luring away customer from AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile continues to broaden its ...
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