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  1. Apple Invests $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China's Uber (AAPL)

    May 13, 2016
    Apple has invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China's dominant ride-sharing service, which was formerly known as Didi Kuaidi ...
  2. More Woes For Brazil As Petrobras Losses Grow (PBR)

    May 13, 2016
    Embattled Brazilian state oil company Petrobras reported a first quarter net loss to shareholders of US$318 million on Thursday ...
  3. Disney Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (DIS)

    May 13, 2016
    Discover how some of Disney's most important corporate customers help the media giant distribute its vast array of family-oriented ...
  4. Starbucks Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (SBUX)

    May 13, 2016
    Find out how Starbucks became a giant in the coffee industry and how partnering with international key suppliers helps the ...
  5. U.S. Markets Mixed After Poor Earnings and Lackluster Employment

    May 13, 2016
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  6. These 2 Casino Stocks are Winners (MGM,LVS)

    May 13, 2016
    While casino stocks haven’t been faring well over the past year, these two remain winners.
  7. Wal-Mart Goes After Amazon With Free 2-Day Shipping (WMT, AMZN)

    May 13, 2016
    Consumers can now get their online Wal-Mart orders in two days. Should Amazon worry?
  8. Monsanto Stock Rises on Bayer Merger Talks (MON, BAYRY)

    May 13, 2016
    Consolidation is now seemingly the new growth strategy within the agriculture sector.
  9. Valeant Stock Declines on Hospitals' Price Claims (VRX)

    May 13, 2016
    Shares of Valeant declined almost 11% Thursday after several hospitals complained they had not received promised drug discounts.
  10. 5 Billionaires Who Graduated from Stanford University (GOOG, ...

    May 13, 2016
    Find out the story behind some of the most famous Stanford University graduates who went on to become Silicon Valley billionaires.
  11. AT&T Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (T)

    May 12, 2016
    Analyze AT&T's capital structure to discover important trends in the company's financing. Find out how and why debt and equity ...
  12. Report: Infoblox Receives Bid to Take It Private

    May 12, 2016
    Barely four years after its IPO, software and cybersecurity specialist Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) might soon disappear from the ...
  13. Kohl's, Macy's Weak Q1 Shows Where Retail's Going

    May 12, 2016
    Both Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) and Macy's (NYSE: M) posted disappointing first-quarter earnings reports, which raises questions ...
  14. Are Greek Bank Stocks Poised for a Major Rebound?

    May 12, 2016
    Morgan Stanley predicts returns of up to 90% for Greek banking stocks. Here's why.
  15. 2 Weeks After IPO, Red Rock Resorts Goes Shopping

    May 12, 2016
    Well, that didn't take long. Fresh off its IPO two weeks ago, Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) has announced it is looking ...
  16. Dean Foods Buys Friendly's Ice Cream Making Unit

    May 12, 2016
    Sweet! Dairy producer Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) announced it was buying the ice cream-making business of Friendly's for $155 ...
  17. The New Nvidia Graphics Cards are Here, and They're Sick

    May 12, 2016
    The GTX 1080 and 1070 will deliver "irresponsible amounts of performance."
  18. Why Fitbit Is in the Right Place at the Right Time

    May 12, 2016
    When Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) announced first-quarter earnings on May 4, its stock was sitting at $17.10 a share. On Thursday, ...
  19. SumUp and Paylevene Challenge Jack Dorsey’s Square

    May 12, 2016
    The deal will help the mobile payments startups scale operations in Europe, in light of a less adoptive consumer base and ...
  20. IBM's Watson Health Scores Major Win in the U.K.

    May 12, 2016
    After investing billions of dollars to expand the reach and breadth of its cognitive computing wonder, Watson, IBM (NYSE: ...
  21. GM Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    May 12, 2016
    Learn why GM's enterprise value increased, and get an update on the company's capital structure, including equity and debt ...
  22. BP Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    May 12, 2016
    Learn which corporate customers BP depends on the most and how many of them distribute and resell its oil and gas products ...
  23. Apple, AT&T and 'The Dow Effect' (AAPL, T)

    May 12, 2016
    Apple v AT&T
  24. Why Do Some Failed Mergers Result in Break-Up Fees?

    May 12, 2016
    When mergers go bad, there's often a break-up fee involved of as high as 3-5% of the value of the proposed merger.
  25. Large Chipotle Shareholders Get More Control (CMG)

    May 12, 2016
    Chipotle shareholders voted on Wednesday to allow large, long-term shareholders more control over the board of directors. ...
  26. Alphabet, Inc. Poised to Become Most Valuable Co. (GOOG, AAPL)

    May 12, 2016
    Alphabet, Inc. is poised to become the most valuable publicly traded company in America.
  27. Bayer Considers Buying Monsanto (MON)

    May 12, 2016
    Shares of Monsanto were up 11.0% to $100.30 at Thursday's open on a Bloomberg report that Bayer is exploring a bid for the ...
  28. The 5 Most Traded REIT ETFs (VNQ,IYR,REM SCHH,RWR)

    May 12, 2016
    These are the five most traded REIT ETFs. Four have appreciated over the past year while paying a healthy yield.
  29. Short-term ETF Buying Opportunities (EEM, EFA)

    May 12, 2016
    These ETFs have pulled back to short-term support levels, indicating a potential buying opportunity.
  30. Is the High Yield Bond Rally Faltering?

    May 12, 2016
    The recent junk bond rally may be running out of steam. Here's why.
  31. The Top 2 Retail ETFs (XRT,RTH)

    May 12, 2016
    If you want exposure to retail and don’t want to invest in a single stock, consider these two ETFs.
  32. 6 Funds With Heavy Apple Exposure (AAPL)

    May 12, 2016
    If you think Apple will continue to slump you might want to avoid these mutual funds and ETFs, which have heavy exposure.
  33. Why McDonald's is Outperforming Peers (MCD)

    May 12, 2016
    McDonald's stock isn't just at an all-time high, it's also crushing the competition. Here's why.
  34. 2 ETFs That Could Benefit from a Dovish Fed (XLU)

    May 12, 2016
    With odds of a Fed rate hike in 2016 seeming to move lower every week, these two ETFs might have potential.
  35. Is Chipotle Finally a Value Play? (CMG)

    May 12, 2016
    Chipotle's stock has suffered over the last year. Does this make it a long-term value play?
  36. Apple Sinks to Another 52-Week Low (AAPL)

    May 12, 2016
    Apple Share Price Hits 52-Week low
  37. 3 Billionaires Who Graduated from New York University (HD)

    May 12, 2016
    Find out the story behind some of New York University's most successful graduates who have gone on to become multi-billionaires ...
  38. Yahoo Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (YHOO)

    May 12, 2016
    Find out which companies generate the largest percentage of their revenue from Yahoo, and why their supplier relationship ...
  39. Wendy's Shares Details of Credit Card Data Breach

    May 12, 2016
    Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) customers at 300 franchised locations got a side of unusual credit card activity along with their ...
  40. Macy's Raises Dividend Despite Weak First Quarter

    May 12, 2016
    It takes some courage for a company to raise its dividend in the face of a pronounced sales decline. Struggling retailer ...
  41. Brazil's President to Face Impeachment Trial (PBR)

    May 12, 2016
    Brazil's 81-seat Senate voted 55 to 22 Thursday to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial.
  42. Exxon Mobil Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (XOM)

    May 12, 2016
    Learn more about Exxon Mobil's five key customers, including Total SA, one of the largest oil companies, to understand the ...
  43. Google Investigated by FTC – Again

    May 12, 2016
    With its search prowess being Google's bread-and-butter business, any adverse ruling from the investigation will likely disrupt ...
  44. Office Depot and Staples Failed Merger Costs $250 Million (ODP, ...

    May 12, 2016
    Because of Staples' decision, the company must pay now Office Depot a $250 million break up fee.
  45. Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Debit Card Chips (WMT, V)

    May 12, 2016
    Wal-Mart says it pays more for signature transactions, or about 5 cents more to Visa than it pays for transactions that use ...
  46. Chipotle's Board Members Survived E.coli, For Now (CMG)

    May 12, 2016
    Chipotle investors owning a certain number of shares can now hold board member's feet to the fire or nominate their own board ...
  47. G.E. Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    May 12, 2016
    Learn about General Electric's five largest customers and the global demand for this iconic industrial manufacturing giant's ...
  48. Alibaba Stock: An Earnings Case Study (BABA)

    May 11, 2016
    Explore an earnings case study on Alibaba Group, and learn about its 2015 earnings and what analysts expect for Alibaba in ...
  49. The 3 Best ETFs to Short International Equities (EFZ, EFU)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover the international equities asset class, and learn about three different ETFs you can use to get varying amounts ...
  50. 3 Best Dividend-Paying Global Financials ETFs (EUFN, IXG)

    May 11, 2016
    Learn how contrarian investors are using three global financials ETFs to position for a rebound while earning the highest ...
  51. SPDR ETF: Top 3 Components from Best Dividend Sector

    May 11, 2016
    Explore three attractive components of the Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund, identified by their strong fundamentals and ...
  52. Smart Beta Strategies: Comparing a U.S. vs. Global Approach (VT, ...

    May 11, 2016
    Examine the importance of investing in stocks outside of the United States. Portfolio theory indicates that a modest portion ...
  53. 3 Red Flags for Growth-Stage Companies (NFLX)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover some of the warning signs that appear when a growth company begins exiting the growth phase, and learn how the company's ...
  54. Leucadia National Buys ITG Investment Research

    May 11, 2016
    Research has traditionally been considered an important component of any investment banking operation. Leucadia National ...
  55. ETF Case Study: Assessing YOY U.S. Equity Sector Performance ...

    May 11, 2016
    Find out how the sectors have performed year over year, with a look at the Select Sector Standard & Poor's Depository Receipts ...
  56. Blackstone Group’s Vivint Secures $100M Investment (VSLR, BX)

    May 11, 2016
    In a round of funding co-led by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital, the smart home company will invest heavily ...
  57. Alaska Air Group Graduates to the S&P 500

    May 11, 2016
    Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) has climbed into the ranks of a major stock index: S&amp;P Global announced that the airline ...
  58. 3 Futures-Based ETFs Worth Your While (USCI, DBE)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover what futures-based exchanged-traded funds are, and learn about three funds in this category that may be worth including ...
  59. BHP Billiton Says Full Speed Ahead on Expansion

    May 11, 2016
    Where other miners are circling the wagons to protect their core businesses, global mining giant BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) ...
  60. Restaurant ETFs: Should Investors Worry about Contagion Risk ...

    May 11, 2016
    Determine the impact of Chipotle's recent media backlash on its overall financial performance and assess the response from ...
  61. 3 Socially Responsible ETFs to Consider in 2016 (DSI, KLD)

    May 11, 2016
    Get an insight into three of the top-performing ETFs in 2016 that are available to investors in the category of socially ...
  62. Google Bans Ads for Payday Lenders (GOOG, GOOGL)

    May 11, 2016
    Beginning in July, Google will ban lenders that charge annual percentage rates higher than 36%, since "these loans can result ...
  63. Detroit and Silicon Valley Working to Make Self-driving Cars ...

    May 11, 2016
    A new Detroit-Silicon Valley partnership signifies efforts by all in the auto industry, both traditional and tech-innovation-based ...
  64. NVIDIA Targets VR Market With High-Powered Chip

    May 11, 2016
    There's no escaping the hype surrounding virtual reality. One estimate suggests that the VR business will generate $30 billion ...
  65. XLP: 3 Most Attractive Components of Consumer Staples ETF

    May 11, 2016
    Discover the top three undervalued components of the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF, and learn which stocks may ...
  66. IBM Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    May 11, 2016
    Learn about IBM's capital structure and why its market debt-to-equity ratio is lower than the rest of the industry, even ...
  67. Is General Mills a Hedge Fund Takeover Target?

    May 11, 2016
    Cereal maker General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has been the subject of M&amp;A rumors before, and those discussions have just as ...
  68. Electronic Arts Stock Soars on Record Earnings

    May 11, 2016
    Not to be outdone by Activision Blizzard's (NASDAQ: ATVI) recently announced blow out earnings, video game major Electronic ...
  69. 3 Charts International Investors Should Watch

    May 11, 2016
    The charts of three different country-specific ETFs are suggesting a major shift in the trend.
  70. Google Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (GOOGL)

    May 11, 2016
    Learn about Google's parent company, Alphabet, the tech giant's vast supplier network, and the company's top five individual ...
  71. J.C. Penney Takes on Appliances (JCP)

    May 11, 2016
    J.C. Penney has returned to selling appliances after a successful pilot project in select markets.
  72. Icahn Report: Are Junk Bonds A Good Investment Right Now? (TFCIX, ...

    May 11, 2016
    Discover why billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is warning about dangers in the high-yield bond market.
  73. Dick's Could Buy Up to 180 Sports Authority Leases

    May 11, 2016
    The end of Sports Authority may turn into a big growth opportunity for Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS). Canaccord Genuity Analyst ...
  74. Gap Inc. Down 11% After Disappointing April Sales (GPS)

    May 11, 2016
    Gap Inc. has fallen 11% after news that its April and Q1 sales are much weaker than expected.
  75. WD's Buyout of SanDisk Set to Close

    May 11, 2016
    Western Digital's (NASDAQ: WDC) pending $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) recently cleared its final regulatory ...
  76. Stock Price Outlook for Alphabet (GOOGL)

    May 11, 2016
    Google stock is in a very interesting location on the price chart. Here are scenarios for short-term and potentially longer-term ...
  77. 4 Indian Companies That Could Become Mega-Caps (HDB,INFY)

    May 11, 2016
    Here are four Indian companies that are top contenders to join the mega-cap ranks within the next decade - or two.
  78. Disney Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (DIS)

    May 11, 2016
    Learn about Disney's capital structure and why the company can afford to be more aggressive with its current level of debt ...
  79. Alberta's Oil Sands Production Comes Back Online (RDS-A, SU)

    May 11, 2016
    The wildfire that has ravaged swathes of Alberta continues to burn, but oil producers are already returning to work.
  80. (FAS) Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3x ETF: Who is Invested?

    May 11, 2016
    Discover the largest institutional holders of the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares ETF, and learn how their trade ...
  81. Top 2 Currency-Hedged Japan ETFs (DXJ, DBJP)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover currency-hedged exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and read a comparison of two of the largest Japan-focused ETFs in ...
  82. Gold and Silver Shining Once Again

    May 11, 2016
    The price of gold and silver is slowly increasing, causing gold and silver stocks to bounce back to their former glory.
  83. Real Estate Investing: 3 Methods For Exposure Other Than Physical ...

    May 11, 2016
    Find out the ways investors can participate in the growth and income of the real estate market without having to own physical ...
  84. Facebook Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (FB)

    May 11, 2016
    Analyze Facebook's capital structure to identify trends and atypical characteristics. Find out why the company uses equity ...
  85. Federal Judge Kills Staples/Office Depot Merger

    May 11, 2016
    Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) has dropped its bid to acquire rival Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP) after U.S. District Court Judge Emmet ...
  86. Gap Plummets After Warning of Bleak First Quarter

    May 11, 2016
    Shares of Gap (NYSE: GPS) fell nearly 12% on Tuesday after the apparel retailer warned that its first-quarter sales and ...
  87. Do Defensive ETFs Offer Value in Today's Market? (XLU, NEE)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover why defensive ETFs are essential additions to equity portfolios, and learn about three defensive ETFs that combined ...
  88. DAG vs. AGA: Comparing Leveraged Agriculture ETFs

    May 11, 2016
    Discover what makes the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund superior to the DB Agriculture Double Short ETN and learn how you ...
  89. Top 3 Currency Hedged Europe ETFs (HEZU, DBEU)

    May 11, 2016
    Explore similarities and differences of the three top currency-hedged Europe ETFs, including geographic limitations and extra ...
  90. Amazon Launches Video Threat to Google (AMZN, GOOGL)

    May 11, 2016
    Unlike YouTube, Amazon will be able to leverage its videos by placing ads of its own products, which will give it a way to ...
  91. General Mills Mentioned as Takeover Target (GIS)

    May 11, 2016
    An offer of $86 per share amounts to a premium of 35%, a hefty premium.
  92. Senate Summons Facebook CEO Over Censorship Claim (FB)

    May 11, 2016
    The senator wants CEO Mark Zuckerberg to clarify as to who at his company has final say over the type of content that gets ...
  93. 3 Best Dividend-Paying Global Equity Mutual Funds (SGIDX, BABDX)

    May 11, 2016
    Read about three global equity funds with strong dividend prospects for income investors and why a conservative approach ...
  94. Tips on Picking Mutual Funds in a Low Growth Environment (JSVAX, ...

    May 11, 2016
    Learn about investing in mutual funds that employ strategies aimed at optimizing returns when slow U.S. economic growth is ...
  95. 4 Cases When Companies May Deserve a Higher P/E Ratio (AMZN, ...

    May 11, 2016
    Find out why the price-to-earnings ratio is high for some companies. Learn about the impact of growth rates, acquisition ...
  96. FRESX: Fidelity Real Estate Investment Portfolio Trends in 2 ...

    May 11, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Real Estate Investment Portfolio, and study how the fund's makeup has evolved between ...
  97. (AM) Who are Antero Midstream Partners' Main Competitors?

    May 11, 2016
    Learn about Antero Midstream Partners, and discover the companies in the energy sector that are its main competitors. Obtain ...
  98. Top 3 Alliance Bernstein U.S. Equity Mutual Funds (ADGYX, AUUYX)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover and compare three Alliance Bernstein U.S. equity mutual funds. Learn about their investment strategy, characteristics ...
  99. CMD vs. UCD: Comparing Leveraged Commodity ETFs

    May 10, 2016
    Learn about the financial profiles of two leveraged commodities ETFs, and explore what types of investors may be interested ...
  100. Breaking Down XLI: 3 Components That Are Most Attractive

    May 10, 2016
    Discover three top component stocks in the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF, and learn what makes the valuations so attractive ...
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