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  1. Help Wanted: Tribune Media Needs a New CFO

    August 10, 2015
    Are you looking for a job? Can you calculate a 10% return on equity or 6% year-over-year growth in revenues? Then, Tribune ...
  2. Stamps.com Licks Earnings Estimates

    August 10, 2015
    Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) shareholders were on a rollercoaster ride last week. In ordinary trading hours Thursday, Stamps.com ...
  3. What Is Verizon's Latest Strategy?

    August 10, 2015
    Verizon will be offering new monthly phone plans, consequently eliminating subsidized phones on annual plans.
  4. Starbucks CEO on What America Needs in a President

    August 10, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz has never been afraid to immerse himself and his company in politics. The company ...
  5. Wal-Mart Shows Problem With Raising Minimum Wage

    August 10, 2015
    Although Bloomberg Business called it an "unintended consequence" of Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) raising the minimum wage of some ...
  6. Wendy's Poses a New Threat to McDonald's

    August 10, 2015
    As if McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) did not have enough to worry about, rival Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) is poised to cut the burger ...
  7. EMC Exploring Reorganization Alternatives

    August 10, 2015
    After announcing a so-so 2% increase in revenues during the second quarter and flat non-GAAP (excluding one-time items) ...
  8. J.C. Penney Finally Earning Wall Street's Respect

    August 10, 2015
    It took awhile, but Wall Street is finally coming around to the notion that J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) just might make good ...
  9. Keurig Coffee Collapse Calls Kold Into Question

    August 10, 2015
    The signs were there for those willing to read them, so the collapse of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ: GMCR) in the wake ...
  10. CBS Earnings Show Changing Revenue Mix

    August 10, 2015
    CBS (NYSE: CBS) showed some positive results on its latest earning report, but weak advertising numbers should lead to at ...
  11. Epizyme Gets a New CEO

    August 10, 2015
    After five and a half years under the leadership of CEO Robert Gould, Epizyme (NASDAQ: EPZM) will get a new leader next ...
  12. Boeing Dreams of 787 Sales in Israel

    August 10, 2015
    Don't look now, but the Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner program is about to get a big boost. Last week, Boeing announced ...
  13. SandRidge Energy Digs Up a New CFO

    August 10, 2015
    After a little over two years serving as chief financial officer of oil and gas exploration and production company SandRidge ...
  14. Target Discovers the Power of Free Shipping

    August 10, 2015
    What may have been obvious to you and me is apparently a revelation to Target (NYSE: TGT): Give consumers something for ...
  15. Monsanto Raises Dividend by 10%

    August 10, 2015
    Agribusiness giant Monsanto (NYSE: MON) is putting a few more seeds into the hands of its shareholders. The company has ...
  16. Emergency Banking Act Of 1933

    August 10, 2015
    A bill passed during the administration of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in reaction to the adverse conditions ...
  17. PayPal Poaches CFO from United Continental

    August 10, 2015
    Newly independent PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL) poached a CFO from United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) last week, announcing ...
  18. Asset Turnover Ratio

    August 10, 2015
    The amount of sales generated for every dollar's worth of assets in a year, calculated by dividing sales by assets.
  19. Cash Conversion Cycle - CCC

    August 10, 2015
    A metric that expresses the length of time, in days, that it takes for a company to convert resource inputs into cash flows. ...
  20. Venture Capitalist

    August 10, 2015
    An investor who either provides capital to startup ventures or supports small companies that wish to expand but do not have ...
  21. 7 Sectors for Diversified REITs

    August 10, 2015
    An overview of the different types of property that REITs own.
  22. Kinder Morgan and Midstream Oil

    August 10, 2015
    Kinder Morgan, Inc. is one of the biggest players in the midstream energy sector, which involves the transportation and storage ...
  23. Barron's Recap: Time to Buy Commodities

    August 9, 2015
    This weekend in Barron's online: the case for jumping into commodities now, the inaugural Income Investing Roundtable, as ...
  24. ChartAdvisor for August 6 2015

    August 7, 2015
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  25. Sprint Names New CFO in Partial Management Reboot

    August 7, 2015
    Sprint (NYSE: S) is calling on several new executives to help further its ambitions. This week, the company announced a ...
  26. Bill Ackman Buys $5.5 Billion Stake in Mondelez

    August 7, 2015
    Activist investor Bill Ackman has bought a $5.5 billion stake in snack maker Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ), according ...
  27. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Livestock

    August 7, 2015
    Discover the basic information on the three primary exchange traded funds that offer investors exposure to investments in ...
  28. ETF Analysis: Vanguard REIT Index Fund

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard REIT ETF and how it provides an easy and inexpensive way to diversify portfolios into the real estate ...
  29. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    August 7, 2015
    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  30. ETF Analysis: Direxion Small Cap Bear 3X

    August 7, 2015
    Find out more about the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X ETF, the characteristics of TZA and the suitability of the Direxion ...
  31. 3D Systems Stock Up Despite Poor Quarter

    August 7, 2015
    After reporting fiscal 2015 second quarter results that missed consensus estimates by a wide margin, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) ...
  32. Delta Tops the Industry Again in On-Time Arrivals

    August 7, 2015
    Not only is Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) well ahead of its industry rivals in on-time performance, it improved its record ...
  33. SolarCity Expands Into Mexico With New Acquisition

    August 7, 2015
    SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) is pushing into sunny Mexico. The company announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement ...
  34. Tahoe Resources Taps a New CEO

    August 7, 2015
    Tahoe Resources (NYSE: TAHO) Executive Chairman Kevin McArthur is taking a second job. But don't worry, shareholders -- ...
  35. BlackBerry Releases Passport Silver Edition Phone

    August 7, 2015
    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) continues to plug ahead in the smartphone business despite seeing its market share drop to negligible ...
  36. Macy's Using Same-Day Delivery to Fend Off Rivals

    August 7, 2015
    Is same-day delivery going to be enough for Macy's (NYSE: M) to blunt the impact the Internet is having on its business? ...
  37. Breakfast Still Kellogg's Most Important Meal

    August 7, 2015
    Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day if you are concerned about health, and it remains so for cereal maker ...
  38. Europe Regulator Approves Pfizer Buyout of Hospira

    August 7, 2015
    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) has gotten the green light from Europe's antitrust regulator to acquire fellow pharmaceutical Hospira ...
  39. Activision Blizzard Beats Second Quarter Estimates

    August 7, 2015
    Video game publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) recently beat analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines ...
  40. J.C. Penney Poaching From Home Depot and Target

    August 7, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) announced two new hires this week, going back to the well of talent it dipped into previously to ...
  41. Drugmaker Extraordinaire: How Eli Lilly Grows

    August 7, 2015
    Drugs mean big profits in America. Here's how the country's oldest pharmaceutical firm keeps its toehold in the market.
  42. Fracking and Other Oil Drilling Tech: A Primer

    August 7, 2015
    Well-stimulation technologies have fundamentally changed the market through their recent widespread adoption in North America. ...
  43. 4 Apps Every Financial Advisor Should Have

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about some the best apps available to assist financial advisors to make their work easier and enable them to provide ...
  44. If You Had Invested Right After Apple's IPO

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about how much a $1,000 investment in shares of Apple Incorporated would be worth if you invested at its initial public ...
  45. The Top 6 ETFs For Investing in Energy

    August 7, 2015
    Find out which energy sector ETFs may be poised for a big future, including options for investors who want clean energy, ...
  46. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Spain

    August 7, 2015
    Discover three of the most widely traded exchange traded funds (ETFs) that offer investors exposure to major companies in ...
  47. Boeing Says 747 No Longer Its Biggest Jet

    August 7, 2015
    The famed Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747 is no longer the company's biggest passenger jet, dethroned by the 777 -- the Boeing 777-9X, ...
  48. What Puts the Dollars in Priceline's Bottom Line?

    August 7, 2015
    The Priceline Group is more successful than it may appear and is on track to enjoy tremendous profits down the road.
  49. Worried About Bond Market Liquidity? Try ETFs

    August 7, 2015
    If you're looking for liquidity in the bond market, then turn to bond ETFs. Here is an analysis of 11 to consider.
  50. Shale Oil vs. Oil Shale: What's the Difference?

    August 7, 2015
    The biggest difference between oil shale and shale oil is that one is still a money making endeavor.
  51. Is Dreamworks Animation Close to a Turnaround?

    August 7, 2015
    Dreamworks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA) has had a rough run over the past few years. The company has struggled at the box office, ...
  52. Costco Data Breach a Bigger-Than-Expected Problem

    August 7, 2015
    Warehouse membership club Costco (NASDAQ: COST) says it needs more time to secure its photo processing website. Third-party ...
  53. ETF Analysis: iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, which offers one of the most diversified ways of investing ...
  54. ETF Analysis: iShares Russell 2000 Index

    August 7, 2015
    Find out more about the iShares Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, or ETF, the characteristics of this ETF and its suitability ...
  55. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Platinum

    August 7, 2015
    Discover some of the most popular exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that investors utilize to obtain exposure to the platinum ...
  56. Top Stocks to Get into Iron Ore Mining

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about the two best stocks to get into iron ore mining. Iron ore is a cyclical industry so the balance sheet is an important ...
  57. Companies You Never Thought Would Go Bankrupt

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about some of the most shocking corporate bankruptcies in history, including General Motors, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers ...
  58. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Stock Market

    August 7, 2015
    Learn how the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF provides an extremely diversified exposure to the entire universe of US securities ...
  59. Honda Notches Best July Sales Ever

    August 7, 2015
    Honda Motors (NYSE: HMC) set a new record for car sales in July, moving more than 146,000 vehicles off dealer lots in the ...
  60. Healthcare Takes Bulk of Pentagon Awards Thursday

    August 7, 2015
    The Pentagon awarded $1.67 billion in new defense contracts Thursday, in a day dominated by healthcare spending. The biggest ...
  61. What's Next After Apple’s (AAPL) Big Drop?

    August 6, 2015
    What does the future hold for Apple following the recent drop of its stock?
  62. Glu Mobile Plunges on Weak Guidance

    August 6, 2015
    Shares of Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) have cratered nearly 18% since releasing earnings this week, although the mobile game ...
  63. BASF Secures Financing for Syngenta Bid

    August 6, 2015
    There is apparently a new player in the ongoing Monsanto (NYSE: MON) takeover play for Syngenta (NYSE: SYT). According to ...
  64. T-Mobile Passes Sprint to Take the No. 3 Spot

    August 6, 2015
    While it has been predicted for some time, the results are finally in. T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) has passed Sprint (NYSE: S) ...
  65. Fox Facing Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

    August 6, 2015
    Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA), a company that has come under fire for its Fox News channel being too conservative ...
  66. Teradata Stock Takes a Beating After Poor Quarter

    August 6, 2015
    It has been a tough year for Teradata (NYSE: TDC) shareholders. Its stock price is down about 30% year-to-date as of later ...
  67. Constellation Brands Investors Object to Candidate

    August 6, 2015
    Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) held its annual meeting last month. While such events rarely host drama, it is fair to ...
  68. Keurig Launching New "Ultra-Premium" Coffee

    August 6, 2015
    Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ: GMCR) has always been a particularly unpretentious brand. While some coffee companies attempt ...
  69. Delta Jumps on Cecil the Lion Bandwagon

    August 6, 2015
    We will give Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) this much credit: Management at this air carrier is able to see the writing on ...
  70. Southwest Airlines to Keep a Lid on Bag Fees

    August 6, 2015
    Fly Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), and your bags will continue to fly along with you for free. That is the message CEO ...
  71. Priceline Crushes Second Quarter EPS Estimates

    August 6, 2015
    Priceline (NASDAQ: PCLN) is flying high on the back of its most recent set of quarterly results. For its second quarter, ...
  72. Time Warner Trounces Second Quarter Estimates

    August 6, 2015
    Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) turned in an excellent performance in the limelight of earnings season. On Wednesday, the company ...
  73. U.K. Begins Sale of Royal Bank of Scotland Stake

    August 6, 2015
    The British government has begun the process of divesting its large stake in troubled financial services group Royal Bank ...
  74. The 3 Most Profitable Luxury Hotels

    August 6, 2015
    Staying at a luxury hotel is the stuff of daydreams for most people. The few who do regularly stay, or even live, in upscale ...
  75. Sony Launches 2 New Mid-Range Smartphones

    August 6, 2015
    Sony (NYSE: SNE) recently unveiled two new mid-range smartphones, the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5, which both rely on ...
  76. Coca-Cola Benefits Most From 3-Way Merger?

    August 6, 2015
    The recent news that Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) was in talks to merge with its German counterpart Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke ...
  77. 3 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful After 40

    August 6, 2015
    Read about four influential entrepreneurs who didn't achieve fame and success until after their 40th birthdays, including ...
  78. ConAgra Goes BPA-Free

    August 6, 2015
    BPA is PNG, persona non grata. ConAgra (NYSE: CGA) is the latest food company to eliminate usage of the controversial chemical ...
  79. Papa John's Raises Dividend by 25%

    August 6, 2015
    The dividend at Papa John's International (NASDAQ: PZZA) is rising like dough in an oven. The pizza purveyor has increased ...
  80. DISH Reacts as NBC Rebuffs Sling TV Ads

    August 6, 2015
    DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) recently launched an on-air ad campaign for Sling TV that paints bundled television offerings ...
  81. The 5 Biggest Financial Advisory Firms in the US

    August 6, 2015
    Read about the five largest financial advisory services firms in the United States, including big names such as Vanguard ...
  82. The 4 Best Websites For Small Business Loans

    August 6, 2015
    Discover some of the best websites that small business owners utilize to obtain necessary financing at competitive interest ...
  83. Best 5 Small Business Ideas You Can Start From Home

    August 6, 2015
    Understand what a small business is and how small businesses are classified. Learn about five small business ideas that you ...
  84. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in the US Economy

    August 6, 2015
    Find out more about exchange-traded funds that track the U.S. economy, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, Vanguard S&P 5 ...
  85. How Groupon Makes Money

    August 5, 2015
    Find out how Groupon makes money, including a rundown of how Groupon works and what benefits it provides to the businesses ...
  86. AMC Gives "Fear The Walking Dead" a Second Season

    August 5, 2015
    Continuing a trend we have seen elsewhere, AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) has ordered a 15-episode second season of Fear The ...
  87. Lockheed Martin Wins $460 Million in New Contracts

    August 5, 2015
    The Pentagon awarded $661 million in new defense contracts yesterday to diverse companies like Goodwill Industries and Lockheed ...
  88. Which Currency ETFs to Buy and Sell

    August 5, 2015
    Here are two currency ETFs to watch for further strength, one which should be avoided--at least for now--and one which could ...
  89. Lumber Liquidators Floored by Losses

    August 5, 2015
    The supplier scandal that has carved up much of the growth and goodwill at Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) continues to wreak ...
  90. Electronic Arts Digital Sales Exceed Disc Sales

    August 5, 2015
    The video game CD may soon follow the cartridge into obsolescence. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) reported in its fiscal first ...
  91. Sonic Puts a Veteran Executive in Charge of Growth

    August 5, 2015
    While some of its fast food rivals have struggled amid changing consumer demand, Sonic (NASDAQ: SONC) has continued to be ...
  92. SodaStream International Looks Ready to Go Flat

    August 5, 2015
    Higher costs and lower revenues. That is the future SodaStream International (NASDAQ: SODA) has to look forward to. In an ...
  93. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Aluminum

    August 5, 2015
    Discover information about how investors can use ETFs to obtain exposure to the aluminum market, including information on ...
  94. The Top 5 ETFs For Investing in Japan

    August 5, 2015
    Look at a list of some of the best Japan ETFs in today's market, and how investors can use hedged or leveraged ETFs to mitigate ...
  95. 7 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful in their 20s

    August 5, 2015
    Understand how entrepreneurs can come from any age group. Learn about seven entrepreneurs who reached success and fame in ...
  96. The Top 4 ETFs For Investing in US Government Bonds

    August 5, 2015
    Discover the top four ETFs that invest in U.S. government bonds with maturities ranging from zero to 25 years, including ...
  97. Elbit Ramps Up Missile Defense Business

    August 5, 2015
    Slowly but surely, Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT) is gaining scale in missile defense -- and making air travel safer for consumers. ...
  98. Vista Outdoor Takes on More Debt

    August 5, 2015
    Two weeks after Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) announced its expansion into watersports with a $40 million acquisition of "stand-up ...
  99. The Weakness In Commodities Continues

    August 5, 2015
    Traders are looking to ETFs that track the commodities markets for clues of a reversal. We'll take a look at several and ...
  100. Office Depot Broadly Meets Expectations for Q2

    August 5, 2015
    In what is possibly one of its last quarters as an independent company, Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP) has reported its second ...
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