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  1. High-Frequency Trading Regulations

    April 15, 2015
    Current regulations on high-frequency trading, and possible future ones. How some people think high-frequency trading should ...
  2. Private Equity's Returns Are Tempered By Its Risks

    April 15, 2015
    Private equity firms adopt approaches to quickly hike up earnings and boost returns, but these investments come with big ...
  3. Fight Volatility and Inflation with Infrastructure

    April 15, 2015
    As institutional investors flock to infrastructure assets there's good reason for retail investors to follow suit.
  4. Investing in Starbucks: Stock vs. Franchise

    April 15, 2015
    A look at the pros and cons of investing in Starbucks stock or a franchise.
  5. Buying Opportunities on Upside Wedge Breakouts

    April 15, 2015
    Find buying opportunities in these stocks, which have seen their prices break out of long-term declining wedge patterns.
  6. Are These the Top Dividend Stocks of 2015?

    April 15, 2015
    These dividend-paying companies offer a lot more than just dividends.
  7. Small-Caps and Dividends: Perfect Together

    April 15, 2015
    For investors, small-caps shouldn’t be just about growth. They can be powerful income tools, as well.
  8. Healthcare Stocks: A Prescription for More Gains?

    April 15, 2015
    There could be even more room for gains in healthcare sector stocks, as many of the bullish trends remain in place.
  9. Is Amazon a Prime Pick for Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    Eyeing Amazon? Thanks to innovation and diversification, it has high odds of being a long-term winner. Here's why.
  10. The 10 Biggest REITs in the U.S.: Dos and Don'ts

    April 15, 2015
    Five of these REITs may offer potential over the next 1-3 years. Be careful with the other half.
  11. Should GE Be Part of Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    Here's what you need to consider if you are thinking of adding GE to your portfolio.
  12. Should You 'Like' Facebook in Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    When it comes to your portfolio should you like Facebook?
  13. Equity Vs. Salary: What You Need To Know

    April 15, 2015
    Equity payments are common at startup companies. Equity offers potential for a big payout but is also much riskier than a ...
  14. Are J&J's Results a Harbinger of Things to Come?

    April 15, 2015
    Johnson &amp; Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has reported its first-quarter financial results, and those results, while solid, show ...
  15. Altria Could Be the Big Winner in This FTC Move

    April 15, 2015
    The tobacco industry has been relatively stable for decades, so Reynolds American's (NYSE: RAI) announcement that it would ...
  16. Will J.C. Penney Ever Make Money Again?

    April 15, 2015
    The recovery in the U.S. economy has helped hundreds of companies come back from the hits they took during the recession ...
  17. Biogen Earnings Preview: 3 Key Factors to Monitor

    April 14, 2015
    For the better part of a decade, Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) could simply do no wrong by its shareholders. Whereas the S&amp;P ...
  18. How Gilead Plans to Keep Competitors in Check

    April 14, 2015
    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has plenty of experience in outmaneuvering competitors. After all, despite competitors' launching ...
  19. GoPro Founder Nick Woodman Sees a Bright Future

    April 14, 2015
    Action camera specialist GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) has taken investors on a topsy-turvy ride since its IPO last June, as initial ...
  20. Halcon Resources Finally Addresses Its Debt Issues

    April 14, 2015
    As of the end of last year, Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) had a whopping $3.75 billion of debt on its balance sheet. That's ...
  21. 3 Reasons Costco Shouldn't Fear Amazon

    April 14, 2015
    Among brick-and-mortar retailers, Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) has been a beacon of light in an increasingly difficult ...
  22. Is American Airlines Group's Debt Load Too High?

    April 14, 2015
    American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) has achieved two highly prized goals over the past two months. In March, the company ...
  23. Top 10 Alternative Energy Stocks for 2015

    April 14, 2015
    As energy demands continue to rise, the alternative energy sector is heating up. Here are the top 10 promising alternative ...
  24. Pros and Cons: Preferred Stock ETFs vs. Bond ETFs

    April 14, 2015
    A look at the differences between preferred stock ETFs and bond ETFs and when you should invest in one over the other.
  25. Can Apple Stay on Top Forever?

    April 14, 2015
    Most Apple investors feel good about the company's future. Here's what they're missing.
  26. Google: Should It Be Part of Your Portfolio?

    April 14, 2015
    For Google investors, the past year wasn't so stellar when compared to recent history. So what happens next?
  27. Top 10 Stocks for Retirement Portfolios

    April 14, 2015
    Certain stocks are popular retirement portfolio options, but not all are as impressive as they used to be. Time to reevaluate? ...
  28. Which Robo-advisor is Best for Financial Advisors?

    April 14, 2015
    With the list of robo-advisors already long and growing, which will integrate best into a financial advisory practice?
  29. Why Is Chipotle So Successful & Popular?

    April 13, 2015
    Chipotle's emphasis on simplicity and high-quality ingredients have made the restaurant immensely popular among consumers ...
  30. The Top 5 YouTube Millionaires

    April 13, 2015
    Enterprising content creators have been able to use YouTube to rake in millions each year.
  31. Why Is Best Buy Stock So Volatile?

    April 13, 2015
    We look at why BBY has been so volatile in the past and whether this trend is likely to continue or abate in the future.
  32. Should Biogen Be Afraid of This Upstart?

    April 13, 2015
    Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) is a biotech Goliath that is best known for its dominant leadership in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. ...
  33. Better Buy: 3D Systems or Stratasys?

    April 13, 2015
    Although shares of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) had a difficult past year performance-wise, the 3D ...
  34. How Mozilla Firefox And Google Chrome Make Money

    April 13, 2015
    Mozilla Firefox was once the most popular Internet browser available. Google Chrome now holds that title, but both browsers ...
  35. How Hidden City Tickets Affect Airlines

    April 13, 2015
    Hidden city tickets have been in the news these past few months because of a lawsuit launched by United (UAL) and Orbitz ...
  36. The Risk And Rewards Of Investing In Startups

    April 13, 2015
    Investing in startups is a very risky business but can reward investors greatly if and when they do pay off.
  37. United Continental's Turnaround: Real or a Mirage?

    April 13, 2015
    United Continental (NYSE: UAL), one of the four big carriers that dominate the U.S. airline industry, has long been the ...
  38. Was Plug Power's Ballard Breakup a Big Mistake?

    April 13, 2015
    The fuel-cell industry has gone through countless ups and downs over the years, as investors celebrate promising news items ...
  39. 3 Things That Might Impact Kinder Morgan's Results

    April 13, 2015
    Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday April 15. For the most part, there ...
  40. Is Qualcomm's Mobile Dominance Coming to an End?

    April 13, 2015
    One of the biggest winners of the mobile revolution has been Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM). The company vaulted past its semiconductor-producing ...
  41. How Will Bitcoin 2.0 Change The World?

    April 13, 2015
    Since Bitcoin's 2009 launch, the decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency and payment system has garnered worldwide interest.
  42. Are Sales for This J&J Drug About to Stall?

    April 13, 2015
    Johnson &amp; Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)is a global healthcare giant that racked up $32.3 billion in sales from pharmaceuticals ...
  43. VelocityShares TVIX: A Dangerous Game

    April 13, 2015
    Thinking of leveraging volatility with VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN? If so, proceed with caution.
  44. What Makes Goldman Sachs a Good Bet?

    April 13, 2015
    Six years after the subprime meltdown, Goldman Sachs is a robust $87 billion company instead of a historical footnote. Here's ...
  45. How to Invest in Liquor (and Avoiding the Hiccups)

    April 13, 2015
    Investing in liquor has been profitable for ages but there could be some hiccups along the way.
  46. African Sovereign Debt: Risks and Rewards

    April 13, 2015
    African sovereign debt offers high yields and upside — if one has the stomach for the risk.
  47. Mutual Funds: How Many is Too Many?

    April 13, 2015
    How many mutual funds are too many when it comes to a well diversified portfolio?
  48. How DirecTV Got 1 More Marketing Bump From Comcast

    April 10, 2015
    Competition between cable providers and satellite television companies has been furious for years, and the latest fight ...
  49. Is Zynga Poised for Another Earnings Letdown?

    April 10, 2015
    When Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) announced fourth-quarter results in February, it was no surprise the stock plunged nearly 16% ...
  50. How Sheldon Adelson Made Las Vegas Sands an Empire

    April 10, 2015
    If you talk about Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) with people of a certain age, they'll immediately think back to the beginnings ...
  51. How NVIDIA Could Beat Its 2017 Intel Licensing Cliff

    April 10, 2015
    When graphics-chip specialist NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) held its 2015 analyst day last month, it offered investors plenty of ...
  52. How has Larry Page's vision for Google differed from that of ...

    April 10, 2015
    Learn how Larry Page's vision for Google has differed from that of Sergey Brin and what makes Page's vision different from ...
  53. FBR Explains 'Dual Purpose' Of Northstar's $875 Million Senior ...

    April 10, 2015
    FBR &amp; Co on Wednesday released a research note elaborating the 8K filed the previous evening by Northstar Realty Finance ...
  54. Meerkat, Camio, and Periscope: Which Will Succeed?

    April 10, 2015
    As live streaming apps become more accessible, apps will succeed or fail based on their ability to acquire users, or differentiate ...
  55. Top 10 Biggest Mobile Apps Of 2015

    April 10, 2015
    The biggest mobile apps include games and social networking services.
  56. The Future Of Robo-Advisors: Future Advisor

    April 10, 2015
    FutureAdvisor is capitalizing on the proliferation of data and advances in technology to automate investing and financial ...
  57. Will Rite Aid's Turnaround Offer More Upside?

    April 10, 2015
    Saddled with debt from prior acquisitions and facing slipping sales tied to the great recession, Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) investors ...
  58. Can Baidu Survive a Chinese Recession?

    April 10, 2015
    From a business standpoint, Chinese Internet giant Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) has done a good job of reestablishing its leadership ...
  59. ChartAdvisor for April 10 2015

    April 10, 2015
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  60. How Bristol-Myers Squibb Makes the World Healthier

    April 10, 2015
    Innovation and acquisition: an in depth look at pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  61. 4 Oil Penny Stocks to Watch ... Just Be Patient

    April 10, 2015
    If these four penny oil stocks survive the worst of times, they will present bargain basement prices with massive upside ...
  62. Prospects of Gold ETFs GDX vs. GDXJ

    April 10, 2015
    Eyeing gold? A comparison of the prospects of the Market Vectors Gold Miners and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETFs. ...
  63. Impact of SEC's New Money Market Fund Rules

    April 10, 2015
    A look at how new rules introduced by the SEC will impact money market funds.
  64. Worried About a Recession? Then Buy These 5 Stocks

    April 10, 2015
    What makes these stocks so resilient? And how did they perform during the last crisis?
  65. Use These ETFs to Trade Google

    April 10, 2015
    If you want exposure to Google with diversification, consider the following ETFs.
  66. Best ETFs for Investing in Japan

    April 10, 2015
    Japan is printing money, which is likely to lead to continue strong performance in the Nikkei. The following ETFs offer exposure ...
  67. Emerging Market ETFs EEM and VWO: Which is Better?

    April 10, 2015
    Based on current conditions, one ETF will look more appealing than the other on the surface, but you always need to look ...
  68. Southwest Airlines Has a Lot to Prove This Quarter

    April 10, 2015
    Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has distinguished itself by largely avoiding the major financial ...
  69. Johnson & Johnson Earnings: 5 Key Things to Watch

    April 10, 2015
    Earnings season is readying to kick off in a big way, and within the health care sector most eyes are beginning to shift ...
  70. 3 Reasons Under Armour Stock Could Climb

    April 10, 2015
    Last week, I took some time to explore the bear case for Under Armour (NYSE: UA). After all, shares have climbed more than ...
  71. Why Merck's Victory Is of Little Concern to Gilead

    April 10, 2015
    Merck (NYSE: MRK) investors can be proud, as the company's persistence appears to be paying off. While Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: ...
  72. What Zillow Really Expects From Trulia

    April 10, 2015
    The rise and fall of Internet real-estate specialist Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z) over the past year has been particularly extreme, ...
  73. Trade Europe and a Strong USD with this ETF

    April 10, 2015
    With ETFs is't now possible to construct a portfolio of European equities and simultaneously hedge the currency risk.
  74. A Guide Of Option Trading Strategies For Beginners

    April 9, 2015
    Options offer alternative strategies for investors to profit from trading underlying securities, provided the beginner understands ...
  75. How WhatsApp Makes Money

    April 9, 2015
    In short, WhatsApp makes money just $1 at a time.
  76. How Tumblr Makes Money

    April 9, 2015
    Tumblr posted its first advertisements in May 2012 and subsequently earned $13 million in revenue. In May 2013, Yahoo (YHOO) ...
  77. Jet.com: Amazon Meets Costco

    April 9, 2015
    Startup Jet.com hopes to challenge Amazon's dominance in the e-commerce market, and it hasn't even launched yet.
  78. 1 Thing Eagle Rock Energy Has That Others Want

    April 9, 2015
    The oil market is in the midst of another one of its periodic downturns. While these are trying times for the industry, ...
  79. How PotashCorp Aims to Profit From a Hungry China

    April 9, 2015
    A couple of years ago, shares of fertilizer giant Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) suffered a huge decline when ...
  80. Biogen Goes Generic

    April 9, 2015
    "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" appears to be part of Biogen's (NASDAQ: BIIB) new mantra. Biogen's Rituxan is approved ...
  81. The Sad Tale of J.C. Penney and the Magic Watch

    April 9, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is about to get a big boost in traffic and sales, if we accept one Wall Street theory. Piper Jaffray ...
  82. InvenSense Stock Is Worth Waiting For

    April 9, 2015
    It seems an understatement to say that recent InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) investors have endured a roller coaster. Between April ...
  83. Why These are 2015's Top 3 Travel Industry Stocks

    April 9, 2015
    These three travel-related companies are growing their businesses on both the top and bottom lines. Here's why.
  84. A Look at EAFE Index (EFA) ETF

    April 9, 2015
    The iShares MSCI EAFE is a unique ETF with exposure to high quality companies, but is it likely to be a good bet going forward? ...
  85. Inverse Head and Shoulders Patterns Breaking Out

    April 9, 2015
    Watch for higher prices if these stocks complete inverse head and shoulders patterns (a bottoming pattern).
  86. 4 Triangle Breakouts Close At Hand

    April 9, 2015
    Triangle breakouts are close at hand in these four stocks. Here's how to trade them.
  87. 5 Charts That Suggest Gold Stocks Are Headed Lower

    April 9, 2015
    The spot price of gold has been trading within a consistent downtrend.
  88. Amgen's Most Surprising Success Is Its Dividend

    April 9, 2015
    As recently as four years ago, few dividend investors would ever have expected to see big payouts from the biotechnology ...
  89. 3 Reasons Costco Is a Great Company

    April 9, 2015
    The warehouse club model employed by Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has proven to be extremely popular in the United States. The ...
  90. Gilead's Little Tweak Could Produce Big Revenue

    April 8, 2015
    Sometimes it's the little things companies do that can have the biggest impacts on their bottom line. Take Gilead Sciences ...
  91. Why & How To Reevaluate Your Trading Strategy At Midday

    April 8, 2015
    Take a step back at the lunch hour and reevaluate the trading day.
  92. Why It's Easy to Hate 3D Systems

    April 8, 2015
    DDD data by YCharts. Judging by 3D Systems' (NYSE: DDD) stock performance since the start of 2014, investors' previous love ...
  93. 1 Reason to Buy Two Harbors Investment

    April 8, 2015
    If you're looking for a high-yield stock to add to your portfolio, then you might want to consider Two Harbors Investment (NYSE: ...
  94. What More Could Possibly Go Wrong at BreitBurn?

    April 8, 2015
    Up until last summer BreitBurn Energy Partners' (NASDAQ: BBEP) plan seemed to be working as scripted. Through a series of ...
  95. The Kinder Morgan Growth Driver No One Talks About

    April 8, 2015
    Kinder Morgan's (NYSE: KMI) business is founded upon natural gas. More than half of the company's earnings come from its ...
  96. Can FireEye Get Back to $100 per Share?

    April 8, 2015
    With the rise of cloud computing, data analytics, and e-commerce, cybersecurity has become an essential part of keeping ...
  97. Can Splunk Regain Its Momentum?

    April 8, 2015
    San Francisco-based Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) has little problem finding customers for its analytics software, which helps corporations ...
  98. The Biggest Threats to Netflix

    April 8, 2015
    A look at the biggest threats to Netflix and whether it can maintain its current growth rate.
  99. This ETF Can Weather Any Market Condition

    April 8, 2015
    Looking for a winning ETF that's capable of performing in almost any environment?
  100. Emerging Markets to Avoid in 2015

    April 8, 2015
    Looking to gain exposure to emerging markets in 2015? Avoid these two.
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