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  1. Starbucks Stock: An Earnings Case Study (SBUX)

    April 22, 2016
    Learn how Starbucks has generated sales and earnings growth each year. Consider how the company measures average ticket sales ...
  2. (WMB) Who Are the Williams Companies' Main Competitors?

    April 22, 2016
    Discover the main competitive threats to Williams Companies, a natural gas supplier founded in 1908, whose pipelines extend ...
  3. 4 Oil Companies Swimming in Debt to Avoid (HK, SWN)

    April 22, 2016
    Discover which oil and natural gas companies American investors should avoid in 2016, and why the industry is awash with ...
  4. Sears Closing 78 Stores, Mostly K-Marts, This July

    April 22, 2016
    The sad, slow dismantling of two classic American brands continues as Sears Holdings (NYSE: SHLD) has announced plans to ...
  5. Wal-Mart to Cut Board of Directors Down to Size

    April 22, 2016
    Amid its struggles to engineer new growth, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) announced it was paring down the size of its board of directors ...
  6. Chinese Investment Group Wants to Buy Yum! China

    April 22, 2016
    Doing business in China has been a bit of a holy grail for American companies. It's a very lucrative market with a growing ...
  7. Pepsi No Longer a Soda Company, Says CEO (PEP)

    April 22, 2016
    As U.S. demand for carbonated soft drinks decreases for the 11th consecutive year in a row, global giant PepsiCo, led by ...
  8. Garmin Targets Golfers With New Wearable Device

    April 22, 2016
    With first quarter 2016 earnings scheduled for April 27, Switzerland-based Garmin (NASDAQ: GRMN) is hoping to improve on ...
  9. Uber and Lyft Are Taking Rides From Car Rentals

    April 22, 2016
    Renting a car isn't as appealing as it used to be. According to a new study from Certify, ride-hailing services such as ...
  10. Why Movie Theaters Are Beating the Market in 2016

    April 22, 2016
    The stocks of all three major U.S. cineplex operators have crushed the market year-to-date, and now we know why. According ...
  11. U.S. Steel at Cusp of Multiyear Uptrend (X)

    April 22, 2016
    U.S. Steel should offer an excellent buying opportunity when it pulls back into the mid-teens.
  12. Can SolarCity Leverage New Law in San Francisco?

    April 22, 2016
    San Francisco's reputation as a home to tech innovators is about to get an upgrade. Or a downgrade, depending on how you ...
  13. Time Warner Expands HBO Now to Xbox and Smart TVs

    April 22, 2016
    Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) recently announced it has expanded its streaming-only HBO Now service to Xbox consoles and new Samsung ...
  14. U.S. Automakers Unattractive at Current Levels (GM, F)

    April 22, 2016
    There's no compelling reason to own Ford Motors nor General Motors at this time.
  15. AMD Surges After Big Q1 Beat and Solid Q2 Guidance

    April 22, 2016
    Shares of AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) have surged nearly 40% as of this writing after the chipmaker topped first quarter expectations ...
  16. U.S. Markets Move Higher Amid Mixed Earnings(SPY)

    April 22, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  17. McDonald's Testing Changes to the Iconic Big Mac

    April 22, 2016
    Underscoring its promise to put everything on its menu under the microscope, even core items like the Big Mac that have ...
  18. Barnes & Noble May Have Solved Its Space Problem

    April 22, 2016
    Barnes &amp; Noble (NYSE: BKS) has a problem it shares with much of the brick-and-mortar retail world: The chain has long-term ...
  19. Iron Ore Soars as Big 3 Miners Cut Production

    April 22, 2016
    The world's three biggest iron ore miners all announced this week that they will be cutting production over the coming months ...
  20. Schlumberger Stock Lower on Profit Decline, Job Cuts (SLB)

    April 22, 2016
    With Schlumberger shares having climbed 15% year-to-date, the significant hit to Q1 profits was too much bear given the stock ...
  21. Under Armour Stock Races Higher on Q1 Beat (UA)

    April 22, 2016
    Thanks to its relationship with NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Under Armour enjoyed strong sales of Curry's sneaker line, giving ...
  22. Graphene Stocks: 3 To Consider in 2016 (005930.KS, TSLA)

    April 22, 2016
    Learn about three companies investigating development of a superconductive material 200 times stronger than steel that may ...
  23. Dish Loses Pay-TV Subscribers in First Quarter

    April 22, 2016
    DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) should be ideally positioned in the changing world of pay-television. The company not only has ...
  24. 5 Reliable Dividend Stocks

    April 22, 2016
    We quickly analyze five stocks that have rewarded investors over the long haul. Here's why they may make some sense for your ...
  25. Why Pimco's Total Return Active ETF is Lagging

    April 22, 2016
    Despite solid inflows to bond ETFs, PIMCO's Total Return active ETF (BOND) is seeing outflows. Why?
  26. 5 Consumer Stocks 'Big Money' Bets With (KO, PEP)

    April 22, 2016
    Investors favoring reliable returns should consider slow-and-steady stocks. One way to find such lower-risk stocks is to ...
  27. The Top 5 Oil and Gas Bond Mutual Funds for 2016 (CGAEX, FANAX)

    April 22, 2016
    Discover five energy equity sector mutual funds poised to take advantage of a turnaround in depressed oil and natural gas ...
  28. FAIRX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 22, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the unique Fairholme Fund, and discover how the fund's makeup has evolved between March 2015 ...
  29. (TOFR) Playing Stock Splits with the TOFR ETF

    April 22, 2016
    Explore an analysis of the USCF Stock Split ETF. Learn about its characteristics and recent performance, additions and deletions.
  30. The Debt Report: The Financials Sector

    April 21, 2016
    Take a look at the evolution of debt-to-asset measurements across America's largest financial institutions during the 10 ...
  31. Starbucks' Revenue Comes Up Cold (SBUX)

    April 21, 2016
    Starbucks shows solid transaction growth but misses revenue target.
  32. McDonald's Expands "Experience of the Future"

    April 21, 2016
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) recently started installing Samsung Galaxy Tabs in the "majority" of its U.K. restaurants. The tablets ...
  33. Microsoft Stock Down on Q3 Earnings Miss (MSFT)

    April 21, 2016
    With growth concerns now on the minds of investors, MSFT stock may be under pressure at least through the next quarter.
  34. Angie's List Continues to Struggle After Weak Q1

    April 21, 2016
    Shares of Angie's List (NASDAQ: ANGI) have shed about two-thirds of their value over the past two years due to concerns ...
  35. Lexmark Acquired by Chinese Consortium

    April 21, 2016
    Printing specialist Lexmark (NYSE: LXK) has agreed to be acquired by a consortium of Chinese investors for $40.50 per share ...
  36. Staples Parts With Its Print Solutions Business

    April 21, 2016
    Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) still intends on buying its office supplies retail rival Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP) despite the FTC's ...
  37. Batman, Superman Get Rooms as Time Warner Expands

    April 21, 2016
    After years of watching competitors generate significant revenue from their intellectual property, Time Warner's (NYSE: ...
  38. Target Joins Wal-Mart With Employee Wage Increases

    April 21, 2016
    While there has been a nationwide push to move to a $15 an hour minimum wage, the current federal rate actually sits at ...
  39. Why It's Still Too Soon to Sell Netflix

    April 21, 2016
    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) shares are down nearly 15% this week after the company released its first quarter results. Despite ...
  40. Friday Earnings Preview: GE, MCD, CAT, HON

    April 21, 2016
    Friday morning will see a number of big names report first-quarter financial results, including Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), General ...
  41. T-Mobile Continues Its Impressive Growth Streak

    April 21, 2016
    T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) CEO John Legere talks a big game, pushing his company's merits like a carnival barker or a 1980s ...
  42. LinkedIn Upgrades a Key Platform

    April 21, 2016
    Just a day after announcing its new Students app to assist its more than 40 million students and recent college grads with ...
  43. Intel "Restructuring" for Future Growth

    April 21, 2016
    Included in a solid earnings report on April 19 that once again demonstrated Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich's shift ...
  44. GameStop Drops Out of the S&P 500

    April 21, 2016
    It's tempting to use shopworn "game over" metaphors regarding the news that GameStop (NYSE: GME) will no longer be a component ...
  45. 4 Factors to Know About Money Market Reform in 2016 (FII, BAC)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn more about the impending implementation of the money market fund reform, including how it impacts individual and institutional ...
  46. 3 Expensive All-Cap ETFs Worth Your While (KNOW, PDP)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn why high expense ratios may not matter when it comes to all-cap ETFs, as well as the funds that have outperformed their ...
  47. Why Blackstone’s Results Failed to Impress (BX)

    April 21, 2016
    Blackstone's first quarter had good points and bad points, but the future should come down to one factor.
  48. Global Technology: 4 Key Industry Players (MSFT, IBM)

    April 21, 2016
    Discover the technology companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and obtain a brief analysis ...
  49. Passive Investing vs. Smart Beta Investing: A Compare & Contrast ...

    April 21, 2016
    Discover how different investment funds diversify their risks and maximize positive returns without any need for active fund ...
  50. Verizon Getting Sold Under the Surface (VZ)

    April 21, 2016
    Verizon volume divergences point to institutional selling pressure that may overcome recent market leadership.
  51. Why This Overlooked Asset Class May Worth a Bet

    April 21, 2016
    Timber could very well be your best bet over the next 7 years. Here's why.
  52. Las Vegas Sands Stock Topples After Earnings Call (LVS)

    April 21, 2016
    The company earnings fell below estimated levels proving it's not immune to negative trends in the industry.
  53. OIL vs. OLEM: Comparing Crude Oil ETFs

    April 21, 2016
    Discover the similarities and differences between two oil ETFs, the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return and the iPath Pure ...
  54. F5 Networks Stock Rise on Q2 Earnings Beat (FFIV)

    April 21, 2016
    FFIV stock declined 5% over the past month and almost 20% over the past six months. Will this earnings beat spark a turnaround?
  55. S&P 500 Resistance and Volatility Opportunities (SPY, VXX)

    April 21, 2016
    The S&P 500 is at a vulnerable spot with low volume and low volatility, which means trading a volatility ETF may present ...
  56. Play the Rotation Out of High Yielders (XLU, TLT)

    April 21, 2016
    The market may be at the cusp of a rotation out of high yielding instruments and into growth plays.
  57. Visa Stock at 52-Week Highs Ahead of Earnings (V)

    April 21, 2016
    Ahead of Visa's second quarter earnings results due after the closing bell Thursday, the credit card issuer has paid off ...
  58. Global Energy: 3 Key Industry Players (SNP, XOM)

    April 21, 2016
    Examine the stocks of some of the most important publicly traded companies in the critically important market sector of energy.
  59. Starbucks Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (SBUX)

    April 21, 2016
    The fact that Starbucks' projected full-year 2016 earnings growth rate is about four times the rise in S&P 500 index justifies ...
  60. American Express Stock Rise on Q1 Beat (AXP)

    April 21, 2016
    American Express , which issued 3 million new credit cards during the quarter, enjoyed higher income from interest and fees.
  61. Airgas vs. Air Products & Chemicals: Which is Better for My Portfolio? ...

    April 21, 2016
    Learn about the two leading companies in the industrial and specialty gas industry, and discover which one represents a better ...
  62. Mattel Stock Plays Poorly on Q1 Loss (MAT)

    April 21, 2016
    The stock's decline seems overdone and more of a "sell the news" type event, given how well MAT shares had performed leading ...
  63. Why Saudi Arabia Just Issued $10 Billion in Bonds

    April 21, 2016
    Saudi Arabia has issued a $10 billion bond to global banks. The decision is part of a broader effort by the nation to liberalize ...
  64. 3 Reasons a Smart Beta ETF Should Be in Your 401(k) (FV, QDF)

    April 21, 2016
    Find out the 3 best strategies for putting a smart beta ETF into your 401(k), if you are looking to take low risks with your ...
  65. SH: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 21, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the ProShares Short S&P500 exchange-traded fund (ETF) over the last five years, and recognize ...
  66. How Does Betterment Automate ETF Selection? (IBM, MSFT)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn how Betterment uses automation to simplify the investing process and lower costs for investors. Discover why using ...
  67. ARTIX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 21, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Artisan International Fund, and examine how its makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  68. Bengal Energy Relies on Hedging Amid Volatile Oil Prices (BNGLF)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about Bengal's business, its energy price exposures and how its hedging program supports its liquidity in an environment ...
  69. The Debt Report: The Materials Sector

    April 20, 2016
    Find out why the U.S. materials sector has accumulated more and more debt each year between 2011 and 2015, outstripping valuation ...
  70. The Share Buyback Report: The Technology Sector

    April 20, 2016
    Watch for a stock's share price to respond favorably at the outset of a share buyback program before assuming that gains ...
  71. The 2 Best Home-Builders ETFs in 2016 (XHB, ITB)

    April 20, 2016
    Compare the portfolio holdings of the two largest homebuilder ETFs to determine which might deliver better returns in a particular ...
  72. Global Communications: 5 Key Industry Players (T, VZ)

    April 20, 2016
    Compare the market capitalizations and enterprise values of the leading communications industry stocks with their annual ...
  73. (GLD) SPDR Gold Shares: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about SPDR Gold Shares, including why it may be a good way to diversify a portfolio, who owns it and how it has performed ...
  74. 3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the major ETF trends in the first quarter of 2016, and the reasons why some of the biggest trends from 2015 have ...
  75. (UNG) U.S. Gas ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the five largest holders of UGA, and discover which firms hold UGA as an investment and which hold it on behalf ...
  76. Coca-Cola Stock Fizzles on 4% Q1 Revenue Drop (KO)

    April 20, 2016
    Slumping global soda consumption remains a headwind for the Atlanta-based company.
  77. DR Horton Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (DHI)

    April 20, 2016
    There's strong pent up demand for DR Horton-built homes, which will likely translate to a higher stock price in the quarters ...
  78. Yum Brands Beats the Street, Despite McD's All-Day Breakfast

    April 20, 2016
    Investors bought YUM stock unafraid of the damage that might be done by McDonald's all-day breakfast. It turned out to be ...
  79. Intel Cuts 11% Workforce as PC Segment Continues to Struggle ...

    April 20, 2016
    Intel's sales from its microprocessor and chip division, which represents 60% of its total sales and profits, declined by ...
  80. PID: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 20, 2016
    Explore the performance of the PowerShares International Dividend Achievers ETF since 2012 and the role that energy prices ...
  81. Qualcomm Stock Hinges on Strong Q1 Earnings (QCOM)

    April 20, 2016
    Despite Qualcomm's revenue declines and the eroding market share, the semiconductor giant might have already seen the worst ...
  82. Alphabet Stock: What to Expect from Earnings (GOOG, GOOGL)

    April 20, 2016
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is set to report first-quarter results after the close Thursday. Analysts are expecting ...
  83. Check Point Software Stock Rise on Q1 Beat (CHKP)

    April 20, 2016
    Check Point Software is building the type of financial muscle that will allow it to maintain its market position via M&A ...
  84. Microsoft Stock Still a Buy on Cloud Momentum (MSFT)

    April 20, 2016
    While Microsoft shares don't scream bargain today at near all-time highs, they won't get cheaper, thanks to the company's ...
  85. 3 Stocks to Get Exposure into Iran's Deal (BA, GE)

    April 20, 2016
    Explore three companies that may benefit from the Iran nuclear pact, as well as the reasons these companies are taking a ...
  86. Bank Rally Could Run Out of Steam (KBE, KRE)

    April 20, 2016
    Banking funds have rallied into price levels that could trigger major reversals.
  87. SDOG vs. NOBL: Comparing Dividend-Oriented ETFs

    April 20, 2016
    Read an overview and comparative analysis of two ETFs that employ different approaches to stock selection based on dividend ...
  88. 3 Highly Liquid Stocks Under $10 (RF, AUY, SIRI)

    April 20, 2016
    Here are three stocks that would have made you some serious coin over the past three months. They're also highly liquid. ...
  89. Norfolk Southern Stock: Can Earnings Get Back on Track? (NSC)

    April 20, 2016
    Railroad stocks won't excite with sexy growth, but Norfolk Southern's earnings are projected to accelerate from 4.7% growth ...
  90. Global Financials: 3 Key Industry Players (IDCBY, AXAHY)

    April 20, 2016
    Take a look at three of the largest and most influential global companies that are leaders in the important financial services ...
  91. Caterpillar at a Major Crossroads (CAT)

    April 20, 2016
    Caterpillar has reached a critical price level that should determine its fate.
  92. Tesla CEO Elon Musk Earned Minimum Wage (TSLA)

    April 20, 2016
    According to a filing on Friday, Musk's total 2015 compensation was $37,584, which reflects the minimum wage requirement ...
  93. These Two Emerging Markets Are Set to Move Higher (PIN, EWT)

    April 20, 2016
    Active traders are turning their attention to the emerging markets because the price of a key exchange traded fund that tracks ...
  94. Southwestern Energy Earnings on Tap, What to Expect? (SWN)

    April 20, 2016
    A fourth straight earnings miss on Thursday may send the stock back below $10 per share, an important psychological benchmark.
  95. To Take Profits in Lumber Stocks, or Hold (WY, RYN)

    April 20, 2016
    Lumber-related stocks have been on a tear recently. Here's the technical outlook to help determine whether it is time to ...
  96. A look into Warren Buffett's biggest holdings (KHC, IBM)

    April 20, 2016
    What do Kraft and IBM have in common? They are two of the most profitable surging stocks in Warren Buffett’s iconic hedge ...
  97. What to Expect from Under Armour Earnings (UA)

    April 20, 2016
    Under Armour reports first-quarter results before the open Thursday. The sports apparel company has capitalized on its innovative ...
  98. 3 Reasons to Consider an ETN vs. an ETF in Your Portfolio

    April 20, 2016
    Understand the differences between standard exchange-traded funds and exchange-trade notes, and learn what potential advantages ...
  99. Infrastructure Stocks Could Be Headed Lower

    April 20, 2016
    The downtrends and other bearish patterns on the charts of several key ETFs suggest that the trend is readying for a move ...
  100. Merrill Edge vs. Edward Jones: Comparing Small Business 401(k) ...

    April 20, 2016
    Read about 401(k) plans for small businesses offered by two national providers, one delivering service online and the other ...
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