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  1. Return on Brokerage Client Assets: A Look at Morgan Stanley

    January 25, 2016
    Revenues and profits in securities brokerage and wealth management are driven by the return on client's assets. We explain ...
  2. Why DR Horton Looks Inviting Ahead of Earnings

    January 25, 2016
    Assuming its ASP continues to climb, DHI stock should reach $32 some time in 2016, delivering 20% gains.
  3. Halliburton Q4 Earnings: Buy Now, Profit Later

    January 25, 2016
    With HAL shares priced at discounted levels, patience remains the best strategy.
  4. Assessing DuPont's Growth Formula Ahead of Earnings

    January 25, 2016
    Assuming accelerated cost-cutting and reduced operating expenses, it's reasonable to forecast 2016 EPS to reach levels of ...
  5. Buy Johnson & Johnson Ahead of Q4 Earnings

    January 25, 2016
    With JNJ looking to grow its operating margins by trimming some fat, this makes the stock, which pays 3.08% annual yield, ...
  6. Have Apple's iCar Ambitions Run Too Fast?

    January 25, 2016
    With some $206 million in cash on Apple's balance sheet, why not just acquire Tesla, which has a market cap of $26 billion, ...
  7. GE's Q4 Results Disappoint, but Patience Is Needed

    January 25, 2016
    Patience is still the best way to play GE, especially with its plans to return $26 billion in cash to shareholders combined ...
  8. Twitter CEO Confirms Departure of 4 Top Execs

    January 25, 2016
    The idea of TWTR stock, absent an acquisition, entering single-digit territory is more of reality than before.
  9. The Top 5 Small Cap Software Stocks for 2016 (MOBL,OPWR)

    January 25, 2016
    Watch for bargains among small-cap software stocks by following their share price performances for signals of strength during ...
  10. All That Glitters Does Not Belong in an IRA

    January 25, 2016
    Gold can be an attractive investment given its meteoric rise. But those wanting it within their IRA must look at some of ...
  11. Facebook Sports Eyes Super Bowl-Sized Growth

    January 25, 2016
    Facebook stock represents tremendous value, especially given its sustained earnings growth power.
  12. Qualcomm Shows Signs of Life Ahead of Q4 Earnings

    January 25, 2016
    Qualcomm's 2016 business outlook Wednesday may offer an upside surprise to share price.
  13. Starbuck Blames Paris Attacks for Poor Euro Area Sales

    January 25, 2016
    Despite exceptional growth in the the U.S., Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) has posted weak second quarter ...
  14. Johnson & Johnson P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    January 24, 2016
    Calculating and analyzing Johnson and Johnson's P/E Ratio.
  15. Analyzing Chipotle's Return on Equity (CMG)

    January 23, 2016
    Learn about Chipotle's return on equity (ROE), read about restaurant closures and Chipotle's E.coli outbreak, and gain knowledge ...
  16. Crude Tankers: The Business of Transporting Oil

    January 23, 2016
    An analysis of the crude tanker industry, factors affecting the business and historic performance.
  17. A Look Into Alibaba's Main Competitor: JD.com (BABA, JD)

    January 23, 2016
    Read about China's two largest e-commerce companies, and learn about some operational developments that are slowly bringing ...
  18. Warren Buffett's 2015 Portfolio Report Card (BRK.B, WMT)

    January 22, 2016
    Learn how Warren Buffett's portfolio performed in 2015. Read about an unusual position Berkshire Hathaway took in Phillips ...
  19. B/E Aerospace: An Activist Investment Analysis (BEAV)

    January 22, 2016
    Find out how activist investment fund Relational Investors forced B/E Aerospace to split up, only to pull out after founder ...
  20. How Will Rate Hikes Impact The Banking Sector?

    January 22, 2016
    Banks traditionally rally in a rising rate environment but it may be different this time around.
  21. 5 Penny Stocks to Watch in 2016 (ZIXI, AMRS)

    January 22, 2016
    Discover five of the most promising penny stocks that investors may wish to consider adding to their investment portfolios ...
  22. China Loves Starbucks

    January 22, 2016
    China's growth may be slowing, but Starbucks in China is on a meteoric rise. This is why.
  23. ChartAdvisor for January, 22 2016

    January 22, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  24. Are Brick and Mortar Retailers Headed Into Bear Markets?

    January 22, 2016
    The online sales revolution has altered the playing field for brick and mortar retailers, placing them at a disadvantage ...
  25. Analyzing Wal-Mart's Return on Equity (WMT)

    January 22, 2016
    Understand how Wal-Mart has maintained steady return on equity in recent years as its revenue and net income consistently ...
  26. Twitter in the Crosshairs

    January 22, 2016
    Twitter has been under increasing pressure over past few weeks, with stocks reaching all time lows this week
  27. The Top 5 Real Estate ETFs for 2016

    January 22, 2016
    Five highly liquid REIT funds offer investors a wide variety of choices but pay attention to expense ratios, which vary greatly ...
  28. The Top 4 Ivy Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016 (WDR)

    January 22, 2016
    Discover four Ivy Funds for diversification of retirement savings. Create a conservative and profitable portfolio using award-winning ...
  29. Verizon Stock: A Dividend Analysis (VZ)

    January 22, 2016
    Learn about the stability and sustainability of Verizon's dividend and discover which financial statement line items help ...
  30. IBM Isn't Worried About Its Stock Tanking. This Is Why.

    January 22, 2016
    IBM is experiencing a dearth of revenue growth and earnings performance as its older business channels die on the vine. The ...
  31. 2016's Most Promising ETFs (VWO, XLF)

    January 22, 2016
    Find out the details about five of the most promising ETFs, drawn from a variety of market sectors, for investors to consider ...
  32. Analyzing Twitter's Return on Equity (ROE) (TWTR)

    January 22, 2016
    Learn about Twitter's negative return on equity since its initial public offering (IPO) and how it compares to other social ...
  33. Should You Go Short or Long Oil with ETFs?

    January 22, 2016
    If you want to go long or short oil consider these ETFs. But either way, use caution.
  34. Why You Should Always Bet on Netflix (NFLX, AMZN)

    January 22, 2016
    Netflix might take a hit in the near future due to market pressures, but savvy investors should have it on their watch list. ...
  35. The Top 5 Copper Stocks for 2016 (TSX, FCX)

    January 22, 2016
    Discover five copper miners most likely to see positive results in 2016 and beyond even as low prices spread challenges throughout ...
  36. State Street: An Activist Investment Analysis (STT)

    January 22, 2016
    Read about the high-stakes showdown between State Street Corporation and activist Trian Fund Management, who felt shareholders ...
  37. 4 Tech Stocks for Income Seekers in 2016 (QCOM, CSCO)

    January 22, 2016
    Discover four stocks of technology companies that offer attractive dividend yields for investors interested in both capital ...
  38. Novartis Stock: A Dividend Analysis (NVS)

    January 21, 2016
    Discover a detailed analysis of the dividend policy of Novartis AG, and learn about its financials, growth rates, and dividend ...
  39. Nike Stock: A Dividend Analysis (NKE)

    January 21, 2016
    Learn about Nike and its dividend policy, and discover a detailed analysis of its financial statements, growth rates and ...
  40. The Top 5 Small-Cap Alternative Energy Stocks for 2016 (CSIQ, ...

    January 21, 2016
    Learn about the top five small-cap alternative energy stocks for 2016 with analysis of their different business fundamentals ...
  41. Why Is McDonald’s Closing Stores? (MCD)

    January 21, 2016
    Get the latest information on McDonald's closures. The restaurant plans to close 59 locations in the United States and 7 ...
  42. Lockheed Martin's 5 Most Profitable Lines of Business (LMT)

    January 21, 2016
    Learn about the drivers of Lockheed Martin's profitability. Management is taking steps to boost margins via acquisitions ...
  43. Fear, Loathing and Optimism at Davos

    January 21, 2016
    The global elite have gathered for the World Economic Forum's annual confab in Davos, Switzerland, meaning there is an extremely ...
  44. Six Funds to Maximize Your Income in Retirement

    January 21, 2016
    Which funds work best during retirement, when you are drawing on your saving accounts for income? Here are six recommended ...
  45. Union Pacific Shares Derail After 21% Profit Drop

    January 21, 2016
    Despite being one of the largest rail operators in the U.S., Union Pacific no longer fits the criteria of safety.
  46. Kinder Morgan Gently Priced After Q4 Results

    January 21, 2016
    At all-time lows, KMI stock is much gentler from a risk/reward perspective.
  47. 4 Best Legg Mason Fixed-Income Funds (LM)

    January 21, 2016
    Discover the four best mutual funds administered and managed by Legg Mason and its subsidiaries that specialize in investing ...
  48. Southwest Airlines Takes Off On Strong Q4 Profit

    January 21, 2016
    Southwest's accelerate stock buyback plan combined with its upbeat 2016 outlook suggests now there's plenty to love with ...
  49. Can FireEye Secure Long-Term Profits?

    January 21, 2016
    The growing trend popularity in cybersecurity stocks, combined with the appeal of FireEye's cheap price is likely the result ...
  50. Top 4 Legg Mason Funds for Retirement Diversification and Growth ...

    January 21, 2016
    Discover how to diversify retirement savings using two broad-based Legg Mason Funds. Learn about two funds that can significantly ...
  51. Has Chipotle Hit Bottom? (CMG)

    January 21, 2016
    Chipotle has suffered from a public relations nightmare. Can its stock recover?
  52. Should You Steer Clear of GoPro (GPRO)?

    January 21, 2016
    Is the GoPro growth story over or is there still gas in the tank?
  53. Apple's iPhone Troubles Continue

    January 21, 2016
    A prominent analyst cut iPhone sales estimates again. Should investors be worried?
  54. Is It the Right Time to Invest in China?

    January 21, 2016
    A crash in August and a partial recovery thereafter. What's driving China's markets, and are Chinese investments still a ...
  55. Tepid Third Quarter Results Could Provide Value

    January 21, 2016
    Bed, Bath and Beyond recently turned in lackluster third quarter results which compounds additional, recent tepid results. ...
  56. Warren Buffett: Be Fearful When Others are Greedy

    January 21, 2016
    It is prudent for the investor to understand when the party has gone on long enough and the clock is about to strike midnight. ...
  57. Why J.C. Penney Looks Like a Promising Investment (JCP)

    January 21, 2016
    See how JCPenney is making a turnaround and growing sales, while other retailers are seeing sales decline and economic growth ...
  58. The Top Performing ETFs Amid Tanking Markets

    January 21, 2016
    Go for the unconventional ETF types: leveraged, inverse, and leveraged inverse.
  59. 3 ETF Strategies for Growth in Europe for 2016 (FXEU, DFE)

    January 21, 2016
    Learn about the outlook for European economies and how European equities could be poised for a more prosperous 2016 than ...
  60. Is it Time to Buy Emerging Markets ETFs?

    January 21, 2016
    Does the poor performance of emerging markets, particularly China, present a buying opportunity with ETFs?
  61. How Novartis Probably Has a Cure for What Ails You

    January 21, 2016
    A look at the unparalleled growth of the world's biggest pharmaceutical company: Novartis AG.
  62. These Low Cost Mutual Funds Have the Best Returns

    January 21, 2016
    These funds have been strong performers for years while charging minimal fees. And all are from the same provider.
  63. The 3 Best (and 2 Worst) Bond ETFs Right Now

    January 21, 2016
    The junk bond market is on thin ice. Here are ETFs to avoid and consider as a result.
  64. Verizon Returns to Profitability

    January 21, 2016
    Verizon Inc. swung to a profit last quarter but reiterated weak guidance for the rest of the year, as it reported results ...
  65. How Google & Twitter Compete with Facebook's Instant Articles ...

    January 21, 2016
    Look at how Facebook's Instant Articles feature works, and how it differs from the new Accelerated Mobile Pages feature from ...
  66. Deutsche Bank Sinks on Weak Profit and Guidance

    January 21, 2016
    Shares of Deutsche Bank plummeted by over 7% on Thursday to reach its lowest level in 13 years after the bank warned investors ...
  67. 3 ETF Strategies for Growth in Asia for 2016 (EWY, GMF)

    January 21, 2016
    Learn about potential factors and trends that can shape stock market returns in Asia for 2016 and where investors should ...
  68. 2 Reasons to Expect a Soft FQ4 From Steel Dynamics

    January 21, 2016
    While the company is doing a solid job controlling what it can, the overall steel industry continues to soften.
  69. Analyzing PepsiCo's Return on Equity (PEP)

    January 21, 2016
    Understand recent trends in PepsiCo's return on equity, the factors that have contributed to its return on equity (ROE), ...
  70. The Top 5 Eaton Vance Funds for Retirement Diversification in ...

    January 21, 2016
    Learn to increase the safety, returns and diversification of your retirement savings by investing in mutual funds from Eaton ...
  71. The Top 5 Health Care Penny Stocks for 2016 (CRIS, GERN)

    January 20, 2016
    Discover why the health care industry is a good play for investors and learn key information about the top five health care ...
  72. Stocks At Buy Points In Healthy Uptrends

    January 20, 2016
    These stocks are in healthy long-term uptrends, and a recent pullback presents a buying opportunity.
  73. Big Bank Earnings Hint At These Two Crucial Trends

    January 20, 2016
    Five of the six big banks reported profits this quarter. What are the two most important takeaways from their earnings?
  74. Is Best Buy the Next Circuit City? (BBY)

    January 20, 2016
    Circuit City is a former competitor of Best Buy that failed. Will Best Buy meet the same fate?
  75. 4 Ways to Short China with ETFs

    January 20, 2016
    If the Chinese economy proves to be a house of cards, here are a few ways to trade it.
  76. How Will Walmart Weather the Next Bear Market?

    January 20, 2016
    WMT has historically been a safe place to hide in bear markets. Is this still the case?
  77. Goldman Sachs’ Profits, Stock Plunges

    January 20, 2016
    On Wednesday, shares of Goldman Sachs fell by 3.15% (at the time of writing) after it reported weak profits for Q4 2015 on ...
  78. The Uptrend Is Reversing In Financials

    January 20, 2016
    Active traders are turning to financials because the close below several key long-term support levels suggest that the uptrend ...
  79. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Rise of the Machines

    January 20, 2016
    That guy from the Black Eyed Peas, a robot, and the prime minister of Canada walk into a ski chalet. What do they talk about? ...
  80. Will General Electric Shock Investors in 2016?

    January 20, 2016
    GE may not shock investors in 2016, but thanks to a renewed industrial focus, the company is now on a much better path towards ...
  81. Schlumberger Earnings: Buy on Dividends and Panic

    January 20, 2016
    Investors with longer time horizons (2 to 3 years) can be rewarded from a well-run company like Schlumberger, which pays ...
  82. Can SunTrust Extend Its Earnings Winning Streak? (STI)

    January 20, 2016
    SunTrust shares are now even more attractive to investors willing to ride out the market volatility and swim toward safety.
  83. How Anheuser-Busch Makes Money (BUD)

    January 20, 2016
    The world's largest brewer enjoys overwhelming market share all over the world, and that market share is expected to rise. ...
  84. 2015's Best Alternative ETFs: Should You Invest?

    January 20, 2016
    These three alternative ETFs were top performers in 2015, but does that make them a good bet for 2016?
  85. Are These the Best Stock Buys Right Now?

    January 20, 2016
    The market is volatile but this presents opportunities. Here are a few to consider.
  86. These ETFs Are Best Bets for Market Volatility

    January 20, 2016
    The market is crashing, but that presents opportunities. Here are some exchange-traded funds that may present some upside ...
  87. Why McDonald's Fell off the Value Menu (MCD)

    January 20, 2016
    Investors should lock in some profits now and move on to the next turnaround prospect.
  88. Investment Banking

    January 19, 2016
    A specific division of banking related to the creation of capital for other companies, governments and other entities.
  89. The Top 6 Large Cap Alternative Energy Stocks for 2016 (JCI, ...

    January 19, 2016
    Identify large-cap, alternative energy stocks having the potential to make significant gains as a result of the transnational ...
  90. The Top 5 Large Cap Gold Stocks for 2016 (GG, NEM)

    January 19, 2016
    Read about five large-cap gold stocks for 2016. See how some companies in the sector may be poised for recoveries if gold ...
  91. Lockheed Martin P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    January 19, 2016
    A quick analysis of Lockheed Martin's P/E ratio.
  92. Stock and Flow Variables Explained: A Closer Look at Apple

    January 19, 2016
    The difference between stock and flow variables is an essential concept in finance and economics. We illustrate with financial ...
  93. The Best ADRs To Watch Out For In 2016

    January 19, 2016
    A look at some Chinese and Indian ADRs on U.S. exchanges that investors can bet on in 2016.
  94. Kinder Morgan P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    January 19, 2016
    The largest energy infrastructure company in America gets a quick calculation and analysis of its P/E ratio.
  95. Verizon Earnings Preview: Dial Into Value, Safety

    January 19, 2016
    Combined with its solid profit growth, consistent cash flow and strong dividends, good luck finding a safer stock in any ...
  96. Netflix's Earnings: Two Things To Watch

    January 19, 2016
    Netflix had a fantastic 2015. Will its first earnings call of 2016 repeat the magic for investors?
  97. Is A Stockbroker Career For You?

    January 19, 2016
    Discover what you need to become a stockbroker and the variety of opportunities that are now available to you.
  98. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): 2015 Recap

    January 19, 2016
    A look at Costco's highs and lows in 2015.
  99. These 3 Charts Suggest Bears Control The Commodity Markets

    January 19, 2016
    Many investors are wondering if they should be betting on a trend reversal in commodities. These charts suggest that a reversal ...
  100. BB&T Earnings: What to Expect

    January 19, 2016
    So with BBT stock trading at around $33, down 12.35% year to date, placing a long-term bet here can pay off.
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