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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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, ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Bankrupt SunEdison Sticks With India Projects (SUNE)

    April 25, 2016
    Does SunEdison's aggressiveness make sense given the company's bankruptcy protection filing?
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. 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, ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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 ...
  28. Fortinet Stock Surging Ahead of Earnings (FTNT)

    April 25, 2016
    Fortinet, which has beaten analysts EPS estimates in four straight quarter, continues to benefit from the ease with which ...
  29. Eli Lilly Stock Surge Ahead of Earnings (LLY)

    April 25, 2016
    As analysts increased the company's profit forecasts, LLY stock responded favorably. But there's not much room left for multiple ...
  30. AT&T Stock Nears 52-Week High Ahead of Earnings (T)

    April 25, 2016
    AT&T's dependable dividend, which yields more than 5% annually, remains one of the reasons for its attractiveness.
  31. Can Buffalo Wild Wings Stock Fly After Earnings? (BWLD)

    April 25, 2016
    Since its February low, BWLD stock has surged as much as 25%, reaching $168.91 in March, thanks to higher restaurant traffic ...
  32. Microsoft Stock: An Earnings Case Study (MSFT)

    April 25, 2016
    Examine Microsoft's historic and forecast earnings. Analyze the factors driving recent EPS performance and shaping consensus ...
  33. Valeant Announces New CEO (VRX)

    April 25, 2016
    The embattled Canadian drug maker announced that Joseph Papa, former CEO of Perrigo Co., would be its CEO this morning.
  34. Currency ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (FXY, FXC)

    April 25, 2016
    Find out how currency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are performing year-to-date in 2016. Learn which are the best- and worst-performing ...
  35. Why Instagram is Key to Facebook's Business (FB)

    April 25, 2016
    Credit Suisse report projects Instagram to produce three times the revenue Facebook paid for the photo-sharing social media ...
  36. The 4 Largest Gold ETFs (GLD, IAU)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn what is behind rising gold prices, and discover the top four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that can be used to gain ...
  37. Apple Levels to Watch After Earnings (AAPL)

    April 25, 2016
    Apple needs to trade above 115 or below 90 to escape magnetism created by technical conditions in place since a 2015 breakdown.
  38. Citigroup Cuts U.S. Growth Forecast

    April 25, 2016
    After the recently published IMF forecast report, major banks like Citigroup are also cutting growth projections for the ...
  39. (IWM) iShares Russell 2000 ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 25, 2016
    Find out which institutions are investing in the iShares Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, and who's buying, who's selling ...
  40. You Can Now Open a Goldman Sachs Account With $1

    April 25, 2016
    Perhaps you thought you'd never be able to open a savings account at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., but life is full of surprises. ...
  41. The Top 5 Companies Paying Dividends (JNJ, XOM)

    April 25, 2016
    Explore analyses of the top five dividend-paying companies, and learn about their trailing 12-month dividend payouts and ...
  42. FKINX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 25, 2016
    Examine important risk metrics for mutual fund FKINX. Discover what beta, standard deviation and R-squared say about volatility ...
  43. Oil Services Fund Still Hasn't Entered a New Uptrend

    April 25, 2016
    Market Vectors Oil Services ETF needs to rally above 33 to end the two-year downtrend.
  44. The 3 Biggest Mortgage Lenders (NSM, WFC)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about the top mortgage lenders of 2016, trends impacting the mortgage lending markets, new product options and consumers' ...
  45. Value Investing: 5 Tips to Consider in 2016

    April 25, 2016
    Read five tips for value investors to consider in 2016, including how to look beyond traditional metrics and when to expand ...
  46. Is a money market account the same as a money market fund?

    April 25, 2016
    Discover the differences between money market accounts and money market funds, including minimum balance requirements, withdrawal ...
  47. Watch for These Stock Breakouts (or Failed Breakouts) (MNK, ALLY)

    April 25, 2016
    These stocks are setting up for a breakout. But it's important to keep in mind what could happen if the breakout fails to ...
  48. The 3 Largest Thematic ETFs (GUNR, IGE)

    April 25, 2016
    Discover thematic exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and learn about the three largest thematic funds available based on assets ...
  49. The Debt Report: The Consumer Staples Sector

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about the improving stock performance and rising debt-to-asset ratios in the United States blue-chip consumer staples ...
  50. PTTRX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 25, 2016
    Analyze the risk metrics of the mutual fund PTTRX. Find out what standard deviation, capture ratios and R-squared indicate ...
  51. SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 25, 2016
    Find out which institutional investors are investing in the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF, and who's buying, who's selling, and ...
  52. Twitter Stock Hinges on User Growth (TWTR)

    April 25, 2016
    Given that TWTR shares aren't expensive today, a "buy ahead of the report" strategy may work in favor of risk-tolerant investors.
  53. BP Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (BP)

    April 25, 2016
    The fact that BP is expected to lose money for the just-ended quarter, while revenue is projected to decline underscores ...
  54. AK Steel Stock Steaming Ahead of Earnings (AKS)

    April 25, 2016
    AK Steel remains highly susceptible to the commodity price swings often driven by overseas manufacturers.
  55. Apple Stock In Bearish Terrain Ahead of Earnings (AAPL)

    April 25, 2016
    Apple is down 21.4% from its 52-week high of $134.54 reached last April, putting it in bearish territory ahead of Tuesday's ...
  56. Can eBay Stock Still Pay Without PayPal? (EBAY, PYPL)

    April 25, 2016
    With PayPal no longer driving revenue, given the projected 53% decline for Q1, eBay must grow critical metrics such as user ...
  57. Chipotle Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (CMG)

    April 25, 2016
    True, the free burritos have helped get some customers back into its restaurants. But it's also costing Chipotle $70 million ...
  58. Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    April 25, 2016
    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
  59. VXX: An ETN Performance Case Study

    April 25, 2016
    Examine the five-year performance of the volatility ETF VXX. Break down the performance by analyzing monthly and daily average ...
  60. Telecom ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (FCOM, VOX)

    April 25, 2016
    Pay attention to recent price performance when considering a telecom sector ETF. While some telecom ETFs provide strong returns, ...
  61. The 3 Largest Health Care ETFs (XLV, IBB)

    April 25, 2016
    Find out which exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the largest in terms of total assets under management (AUM) in the health ...
  62. 3 Actively Managed ETFs Worth the Cost (EMLP, AADR)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn about the strategies and investments of three actively managed ETFs that are expensive but have produced excellent ...
  63. The 5 Best Money Market Accounts in 2016 (ALLY, DCOM)

    April 25, 2016
    Find out which nationwide offerings of money market accounts are the best in 2016 with the highest rates, lowest fees and ...
  64. Europe Equity ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (EWN, DFE)

    April 25, 2016
    Discover how Europe exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are performing year-to-date in 2016, and learn which are the best and worst ...
  65. Lowe's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (LOW, HD)

    April 25, 2016
    Learn information about the five companies that derive the most of their revenues from Lowe’s home renovation and supply ...
  66. This Is What Carlos Slim's Portfolio Looks Like (GCARSOA1, PEP)

    April 24, 2016
    Find out how the once-richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, invests his money to ensure that he doesn't lose his billionaire ...
  67. How Aetna and Humana Benefited from UnitedHealth's Decisions ...

    April 24, 2016
    Find out how industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. spurred an industry-wide change to how insurers are looking at future ...
  68. VGENX: A Performance Case Study

    April 24, 2016
    Learn about Vanguard Energy Fund’s historical performance. Find out about the fund's gain and loss trends by quarter over ...
  69. (ADP) Who are ADP's Main Competitors?

    April 24, 2016
    Explore ADP's primary competitors in its two major segments, with brief descriptions of the scale and offerings of companies ...
  70. Microsoft Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (MSFT, YHOO)

    April 24, 2016
    Discover the five key suppliers that keep Microsoft's cloud strategy on track, and learn which suppliers could help your ...
  71. ABALX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 24, 2016
    Discover the five largest holdings in the American Funds American Balanced A Fund, along with key performance metrics for ...
  72. Chrysler And Ford Earnings: Following In GM's Footsteps?

    April 24, 2016
    Upcoming earnings highlights include the latest results from two automaker giants. Wall Street analysts are looking for ...
  73. J.C Penney's 7 Most Profitable Lines of Business (JCP)

    April 24, 2016
    Explore the profitability mix across J.C. Penney’s seven largest divisions and how they are responsible for the company’s ...
  74. Google Stock: An Earnings Case Study (GOOGL)

    April 24, 2016
    Analyze Alphabet's recent and historical earnings. Learn about the business trends that influence financial results and analyst ...
  75. Caterpillar Inc. Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (CAT)

    April 24, 2016
    Caterpillar Inc. will send its dividend payment on May 20 to shareholders of record as of April 25.
  76. Bridgewater Associates: Investment Manager Highlight

    April 24, 2016
    Discover the investment methodologies of Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest and most profitable hedge ...
  77. VTI: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 24, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF from 2012 to present, and identify seasonal trends in the ...
  78. DODFX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 24, 2016
    Explore the risk metrics of mutual fund DODFX. Learn how beta, R-squared, capture ratios and standard deviation measure systematic ...
  79. Target Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (TGT)

    April 24, 2016
    Learn where the majority of Target Corporation's suppliers operate and the top five individual suppliers that generate most ...
  80. Altria Group vs. Reynolds American: Which Is Better for My Portfolio?

    April 24, 2016
    Find out whether Altria or Reynolds American is a better high-dividend yielding consumer defensive "sin stock" to add to ...
  81. This Is What Jack Ma's Portfolio Looks Like (BABA, BRK.B)

    April 24, 2016
    Discover what Jack Ma, one of China's biggest billionaires, has in his portfolio and how he structures his investments using ...
  82. Charles Schwab vs. Employee Fiduciary: Comparing Small Business ...

    April 24, 2016
    Learn about the key differences between Charles Schwab and Employee Fiduciary 401(k) plans in terms of company structure, ...
  83. Kinder Morgan's 6 Most Profitable Lines of Business (KMI)

    April 24, 2016
    Read about Kinder Morgan's 2015 profitability and the relative importance of each segment. This illuminates changes by comparing ...
  84. (VRX) Who are Valeant's Main Competitors?

    April 23, 2016
    Learn which companies Valeant is likely watching closely, since it is known for acquiring companies for their products rather ...
  85. Comparing Consultants: Nomura vs. Willis Towers Watson (NRILY, ...

    April 23, 2016
    Investigate the similarities and differences between two of the world's largest consultants, Nomura Research Institute and ...
  86. What eBay's Valuation Means for PayPal (EBAY, PYPL)

    April 23, 2016
    Discover why eBay had such a high valuation when it separated from PayPal in July 2015, and what effects the separation had ...
  87. Top 3 Companies Owned by Valeant (VRX)

    April 23, 2016
    Learn more about Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and three of the top companies that Valeant owns or operates ...
  88. The Debt Report: The Industrials Sector

    April 23, 2016
    Discover how industrial companies in the United States have added more debt since the Great Recession, which could spell ...
  89. FireEye's 2 Most Profitable Lines of Business (FEYE)

    April 23, 2016
    Learn more about the security software firm FireEye, including its most profitable lines of business and how these businesses ...
  90. Top 3 Companies Working with Delta (DAL)

    April 23, 2016
    Learn more about major American airline Delta Air Lines and discover some of the major companies that have formed a partnership ...
  91. AMC vs. Regal Entertainment: Which Is Better for My Portfolio?

    April 23, 2016
    Compare the stock performances of AMC Entertainment Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group before betting on AMC’s merger ...
  92. Goldman Sachs Expects Three Rate Hikes in 2016 (GS)

    April 23, 2016
    Explore the factors surrounding the Fed's recent decision to forgo raising interest rates and uncover Goldman Sachs' prediction ...
  93. Amazon Stock: An Earnings Case Study (AMZN)

    April 23, 2016
    Read this earnings analysis on Amazon, including comments on the company's historical earnings and breakdown of past and ...
  94. GM Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (AXL, MEI)

    April 23, 2016
    Learn more about five of the key suppliers that provide automotive parts and component systems to the General Motors Company ...
  95. 3 Thoughts from Deutsche Bank on U.S. Airline Stocks (DB, DAL)

    April 23, 2016
    Explore the near- and long-term outlooks for the airline industry, and discover why Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Linenburg ...
  96. AQR Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    April 23, 2016
    Discover the investment strategies and secrets of hedge fund powerhouse AQR Capital Management LLC in the alternative investment ...
  97. Mick McLaughlin's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes ...

    April 23, 2016
    Learn about the path Mick McLaughlin took from his first job as a financial advisor to the head of distribution for the Deutsche ...
  98. DODIX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 23, 2016
    Learn about the risk metrics of the DODIX Fund. Discover what standard deviation, capture ratios and R-squared indicate about ...
  99. USAGX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 23, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the USAA Precious Metals and Minerals Fund, and discover how its makeup evolved between March ...
  100. FSAGX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 23, 2016
    Learn about the Fidelity Gold Select mutual fund, including a fund overview, its objectives and a summary of its top five ...
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