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  1. Goldman Sachs Agrees to $5 Billion Settlement (GS)

    April 11, 2016
    The Department of Justice announced Monday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) will pay $5 billion to settle state and federal ...
  2. Is there any Upside in Neurocine Biosciences, Inc? (NBIX)

    April 11, 2016
    Learn about the key drivers of Neurocrine Biosciences' stock price in the near-term. This attempts to shed light on what ...
  3. Sprint Takes Steps to Improve Its Cash Position

    April 11, 2016
    Locked in a battle with T-Mobile to be seen as the top low-cost alternative to the two leading wireless carriers, Sprint (NYSE: ...
  4. Bill Gross: The Time Is Now for Rate Normalization (BRK-A, BRK-B)

    April 11, 2016
    Whether it's the sun in its death throes or a British absurdist comedy's portrayal of gluttony, the $58 trillion in credit ...
  5. Corning Reaches Into the Cloud for New Acquisition

    April 11, 2016
    Corning (NYSE: GLW) is expanding its specialty glass empire. The company announced last week that it has reached an agreement ...
  6. BlackBerry Rethinks Smartphones as Priv Sales Flop

    April 11, 2016
    CEO John Chen wasn't kind enough to share how many of the 600,000 smartphones BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) sold in the first ...
  7. The Road to Recovery in Commodities (BHP,FCX)

    April 11, 2016
    Though excess production and low consumption are the main cause of declining commodity prices, recent economic developments ...
  8. GoPro-Filmed Movie "Hardcore Henry" Hits Theaters

    April 11, 2016
    STX Entertainment's Hardcore Henry, a first-person action film that was almost completely shot on GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) cameras, ...
  9. Deal Brings IBM and Salesforce.com Closer Together

    April 11, 2016
    IBM (NYSE: IBM) has a deal to acquire Bluewolf Group LLC, one of Salesforce.com's (NYSE: CRM) top partners and a global ...
  10. Tesla Announces Limited Recall of Model X SUVs (TSLA)

    April 11, 2016
    The analyst sees the $280 area as a strong level of resistance for TSLA stock, which he notes has been an area the shares ...
  11. MassMutual Financial Group: Investment Manager Highlight (DLHYX, ...

    April 11, 2016
    Learn about Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its investment subsidiaries. MassMutual offers insurance ...
  12. Bank Earnings Expected to Drop in First Quarter (BAC, C)

    April 11, 2016
    The six largest U.S. banks report first-quarter earnings in the coming two weeks, and judging by analysts' consensus estimates, ...
  13. Big Oil's Trading Desks Profited From Price Drop (BR, RDS-A)

    April 11, 2016
    By trading oil derivates, divisions of BP PLC, Total S.A. and Royal Dutch Shell benefited from the fall in prices, helping ...
  14. SandRidge's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SDOC)

    April 11, 2016
    Learn more about SandRidge Energy, Inc., a history of the company's performance and financial stability through key financial ...
  15. Looking at Intel's Future Value (INTC)

    April 11, 2016
    Reducing its dependency on slumping personal computer sales has been and continues to be Intel's top priority.
  16. Alphabet Could Break Trading Range After Earnings (GOOGL, GOOG)

    April 11, 2016
    Alphabet's long holding pattern may come to an end on April 21st, when it releases first quarter earnings results.
  17. Twitter Adds Two New Members to Its Board (TWTR)

    April 11, 2016
    The fact that Twitter didn't have a woman representation on its board has been a source of concern.
  18. Rite Aid Stock Feels Poorly Without Walgreens (RAD, WBA)

    April 11, 2016
    Beyond the merger with Walgreens, there are few catalysts for RAD stock to climb, at least in the near term.
  19. 3 Oil Explorers Showing Exceptional Strength (PTEN, PE)

    April 11, 2016
    These three exploration companies are attracting substantial buying interest, despite crude oil’s long demise.
  20. Prudential Financial: Investment Manager Highlight (PRU)

    April 11, 2016
    Learn the highlights of Prudential Financial, focusing on each of its four investment divisions: Jennison Associates, Fixed ...
  21. Will AmazonFresh Disrupt Your Local Grocer? (AMZN)

    April 11, 2016
    There's a huge market in the grocery isles for Amazon to disrupt.
  22. Netflix Stands to Benefit From Rate Hike (NFLX)

    April 11, 2016
    Netflix plans to raise prices next month, but will customers remain loyal and stick around?
  23. What to Expect From Alcoa's Earnings Monday (AA)

    April 11, 2016
    Alcoa shares may yet be a bargain.
  24. Is Facebook User Engagement Declining? (FB)

    April 11, 2016
    The company has reportedly taken steps to address declining user engagement by forming a team in London to
  25. Stocks with Breakout Potential (MDT, SLM)

    April 11, 2016
    Stocks are moving within narrowing price bands and are poised for a breakout.
  26. The 6 Most Liquid Muni Bond ETFs (MUB,SHM,TFI,ITM)

    April 11, 2016
    Looking for safety in an uncertain world? Consider these liquid muni bond ETFs.
  27. Earnings May Not Be as Bad as the Analysts Think (WBA, AYI)

    April 11, 2016
    Analysts have donned their sackcloth and are wailing in the Street, but perhaps they shouldn't be so pessimistic.
  28. A Look at Bank of America's Energy Exposure (BAC, JPM)

    April 11, 2016
    Bank of America's exposure to oil creates a double-edged sword for its stock long term.
  29. Is Goldman Sachs' Fixed-Income Strategy Working? (GS, MS)

    April 11, 2016
    Goldman has suffered average declines of 23% year over year in the FICC business in the past three quarters.
  30. Apple Wants to Make a Keyless Keyboard (AAPL)

    April 11, 2016
    The key to Apple's long-term success might be a keyboard with no keys.
  31. 3 U.S. Small-Cap Growth Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (NYSAX, ...

    April 10, 2016
    Learn how small-cap growth stocks have fared against small-cap value stocks in 2016, and discover the top three small-cap ...
  32. Infineon Technologies: Time to Invest? (IFFNY, RNECY)

    April 10, 2016
    Discover how Infineon avoided the slowdown affecting other semiconductor companies, and learn what's in store for the German ...
  33. The Toxic 5: Have They Gotten Better or Worse? (DD, BAYRY)

    April 10, 2016
    Discover the top five toxic air polluters in the United States, according to the toxic 100 air polluters index published ...
  34. FBALX: Fidelity Balanced Fund's Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 10, 2016
    Learn about the Fidelity Balanced Fund, a stable portfolio composed of large-cap, income-producing stocks combined with investment-grade ...
  35. 4 International Equity Mutual Funds for Steady Returns (OIGAX, ...

    April 10, 2016
    Discover four international growth mutual funds whose active management styles have spawned successful track records while ...
  36. FCNTX: Fidelity Contrafund Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 10, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Contrafund, and learn the ways in which the fund's makeup has evolved between March ...
  37. XIV vs. SVXY: Comparing VIX ETFs/ETNs

    April 10, 2016
    Explore a comparison between two exchange-traded products that offer exposure to short-term VIX futures, and learn about ...
  38. USMV vs. FVD: Comparing Smart Beta Funds

    April 10, 2016
    Explore a comparison between two smart beta ETFs, the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF and the First Trust Value Line ...
  39. 3 Best Dividend-Paying International Equity Mutual Funds (RIGGX, ...

    April 10, 2016
    Read about three international equity mutual funds that offer competitive dividends for income investors, and why Vanguard ...
  40. Henderson Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (HGG.L)

    April 10, 2016
    Read about the global operations of Henderson Global Investors, a London-based asset manager with more than $136 billion ...
  41. VTIAX: Vanguard International Stock Fund's Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 10, 2016
    Explore the five largest holdings of the hedge fund VTIAX. Find out how much of the fund is exposed to each position and ...
  42. The 5 Largest Telecom ETFs (VOX, IYZ)

    April 9, 2016
    Explore the five largest telecommunications sector ETFs, as measured by assets under management. Learn the tracking indexes, ...
  43. The 5 Largest MLP ETFs and ETNs (AMLP, AMJ)

    April 9, 2016
    Learn about the five largest MLP ETFs and ETNs. Explore the strategies, holdings, tax treatments, yields and expense structures ...
  44. FAIRX: The Fairholme Fund's Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 9, 2016
    Explore the five largest holdings of the Fairholme Fund, and learn about the fund's exposure to its largest positions and ...
  45. VTI vs. IWV: Comparing Total Market ETFs

    April 9, 2016
    Find out how the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index ETF compares with the iShares Russell 3000 ETF in terms of portfolio composition, ...
  46. Big Banks In The Spotlight As New Earnings Season Begins

    April 9, 2016
    The first-quarter earnings reporting season kicks off this week. Among the first companies to share their results will be ...
  47. VBMFX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 9, 2016
    Find out which securities hold the top five positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index ...
  48. The 3 Largest Real Estate ETFs (VNQ, IYR)

    April 9, 2016
    Find out which real estate exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the largest in their category and how they have performed over ...
  49. Short-Term Bond ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (ISHG, IBDK)

    April 9, 2016
    Find out how short-term bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are performing year-to-date in 2016 and which funds have been the ...
  50. 3 Best Dividend-Paying Industrials Mutual Funds (FSDAX, FCYIX)

    April 9, 2016
    Find out which mutual funds are the best dividend-paying funds in the industrials sector, and why dividend yields are hard ...
  51. 4 Best High-Yielding Long-Term Corporate Bond Mutual Funds (MPHZX, ...

    April 9, 2016
    Find out which corporate bond mutual funds are the best for offering high yields, solid management and strong performance ...
  52. Affiliated Managers Group: Investment Manager Highlight (AMG)

    April 8, 2016
    Read about the multiaffiliate business model employed by Affiliated Managers Group, a global investment manager with $611 ...
  53. 3 Global Equity Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (KGIAX, GGECX)

    April 8, 2016
    Discover how global stocks have performed in early 2016, where global stocks could be going and three global equity mutual ...
  54. Marriott's Merger With Starwood Finally Clears

    April 8, 2016
    Marriott International's (NASDAQ: MAR) megamerger with Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts (NYSE: HOT) has been officially approved ...
  55. Victoria's Secret Moving Away From Famous Catalog

    April 8, 2016
    Say it isn't so! Amid a restructuring of its business, L Brands (NYSE: LB) announced that its Victoria's Secret division ...
  56. Barnes & Noble Continues Winding Down NOOK

    April 8, 2016
    Barnes &amp; Noble (NYSE: BKS) has lost the digital reading war. Its NOOK offering, which was once a contender, has now ...
  57. McDonald's Tests Coffee Shots in Dunkin's Backyard

    April 8, 2016
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) recently started adding flavored coffee shots to its McCafe menus in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, ...
  58. Hasbro Again Turns to Crowdsourcing for Game Ideas

    April 8, 2016
    Just because Hasbro's (NASDAQ: HAS) first crowd-sourced game was all about being irresponsible, it doesn't mean the toymaker ...
  59. MetLife Too Big To Fail Designation "Capricious" (MET, GE)

    April 8, 2016
    The U.S. District Court opinion releasing MetLife Inc. (MET) from its designation as a "systematically important financial ...
  60. Best Buy Expanding Same-Day Delivery

    April 8, 2016
    The only real advantage a physical retailer like Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Wal-Mart, or Target has over online competitors is ...
  61. Deconstructing Two Notorious Story Stocks (VRX, CMG)

    April 8, 2016
    Valeant and Chipotle are once-respected brands that have been undermined by scandals, but traders aren't complaining.
  62. How Apple's Court Defeat Will Reshape the E-book Market

    April 8, 2016
    Apple recently lost the final appeal in the e-book price-fixing case and Apple's loss is Amazon's win.
  63. The 4 Largest Silver ETFs (SLV, SIVR)

    April 8, 2016
    Learn the names of the four largest silver ETFs by asset size. Discover some basic facts about each of these ETFs and what ...
  64. Costco May Be Topping Out (COST, WMT)

    April 8, 2016
    A series of technical red flags raise odds the long Costco uptrend is coming to an end.
  65. How Buffett’s Top 7 Holdings are Performing

    April 8, 2016
    A look at how legendary investor Warren Buffet's top seven holdings are performing.
  66. The 3 Largest High-Yield Bond ETFs (HYG, JNK)

    April 8, 2016
    Discover different strategies offered by the three largest high-yield ETFs, including maximizing yield while minimizing interest ...
  67. FLPSX: Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 8, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, and learn how the fund's makeup has evolved between March ...
  68. ChartAdvisor for April 8, 2016 (SPY, DIA)

    April 8, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  69. Sector ETFs to Capitalize on America's Aging Population (IBB, ...

    April 8, 2016
    Learn about four categories of ETFs that offer excellent potential for capital appreciation as the U.S. population continues ...
  70. Is Domino's No-Click Ordering a Game-Changer?

    April 8, 2016
    Little Caesar's, a privately held pizza chain, runs national commercials where people openly lament the difficulty of ordering ...
  71. Vale Cuts Spending Even Deeper, Parts With Assets

    April 8, 2016
    Even though iron ore prices are still rallying, remaining above the $50 per tonne level, mining giant Vale (NYSE: VALE) ...
  72. Wynn Anticipates Sharp Macau Revenue Drop for Q1

    April 8, 2016
    Casino kingpin Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) continued to struggle in Asia during the recently completed first quarter. The ...
  73. Wal-Mart Joins Conga Line Pledging Cage-Free Eggs

    April 8, 2016
    At this rate, within 10 years, there should only be cage-free eggs on supermarket store shelves and served in restaurants. ...
  74. What Are the Panama Papers and Why Do They Matter?

    April 8, 2016
    The Panama leak contains 11.5 million documents, taking up 2.6 terabytes of storage. In other words, it's a lot to take in. ...
  75. NVIDIA Introduces AI Breakthrough

    April 8, 2016
    Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently kicked off NVIDIA's (NASDAQ: NVDA) annual GPU (graphic processing unit) technology ...
  76. JPIN Overview: A Smart Beta ETF to Consider in 2016

    April 8, 2016
    Discover a smart beta exchange-traded fund in the international equity category, and learn why this fund's strategy makes ...
  77. Chevron CEO Receives 15% Pay Cut (CVX)

    April 8, 2016
    Chevron's stock has held up relatively well, given the constant doom-and-gloom with oil prices. And Watson has been a reason ...
  78. Long Term Bond ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (VGLT, VCLT)

    April 8, 2016
    Find out how long-term bond exchange-traded funds have been performing YTD in 2016, and how each fund is performing in the ...
  79. Ford Gains Traction in China, but Stock Reverses (F)

    April 8, 2016
    Ford's China sales results weren't celebrated Thursday, and they will matter when the company reports first-quarter earnings ...
  80. Verizon Ready to Acquire Yahoo's Core Business (VZ, YHOO)

    April 8, 2016
    Yahoo!, once the king of search, is now searching for an identity - something it hasn't had since Google and Facebook emerged ...
  81. 3 Expensive Large-Cap ETFs Worth Your While (DVP, GVAL)

    April 8, 2016
    Learn why three large-cap ETFs with very high expense ratios have compelling characteristics that make them excellent investment ...
  82. Energy ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (ENY, FRAK)

    April 8, 2016
    Exploring the best and worst total returns through March 18, 2016, from Energy ETFs to understand how ETFs can be used in ...
  83. 3 Best Dividend-Paying Industrials ETFs (XLI, FIDU)

    April 8, 2016
    Give your portfolio an extra boost by considering dividend yields as well as capital appreciation opportunities when selecting ...
  84. Equity Winners since Market Low March 2009 (GGP, PCLN)

    April 7, 2016
    Discover three of the biggest equity winners since March 2009. These stocks have their own unique catalysts but also have ...
  85. FREEX: Franklin Real Estate Fund Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 7, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Franklin Real Estate Securities Fund Class A, and learn how the fund's makeup has evolved ...
  86. The 3 Largest Global ETFs (VEU, ACWI)

    April 7, 2016
    Discover the benefits of the largest global ETFs, including exposure to emerging and developed markets, the full range of ...
  87. 3 Best High-Yielding Municipal Bond Mutual Funds (NHYMX, PYMDX)

    April 7, 2016
    Discover the benefits of including municipal bond funds in your investment portfolio and learn about three high-yielding ...
  88. Indian Motorcycle Takes Share From Harley-Davidson

    April 7, 2016
    Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is coming in for some serious road rash when it reports earnings later this month if analyst ...
  89. Constellation Brands Beats, Buys, and Raises

    April 7, 2016
    Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) -- the company behind Svedka vodka, Corona beer, and Clos du Bois, among many others -- ...
  90. McDonald's Chairman Who Led Turnaround Steps Down

    April 7, 2016
    Andrew McKenna has seen nearly as much at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) as Grimace or Mayor McCheese. The well-respected executive ...
  91. Freeport-McMoRan Keeps Oil & Gas, Fires Execs

    April 7, 2016
    It seemed a good idea at the time for Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to buy up oil and gas drillers Plains Exploration and ...
  92. 3 Best High-Yielding Convertible Bond ETFs (CWB, ICVT)

    April 7, 2016
    Discover how convertible bond ETFs can offer investors growth and income while hedging fixed income portfolios in a rising ...
  93. New eBay Store Will "Box Out" the Competition

    April 7, 2016
    Online auction king eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) hasn't exactly lit a fire under investors since it spun off its popular PayPal unit ...
  94. Starbucks Bringing Its Roastery Concept to NYC

    April 7, 2016
    With its Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has created a location that works on multiple ...
  95. T-Mobile Pushes Binge On, Music Freedom Expansion

    April 7, 2016
    Through its Binge On and and Music Freedom programs, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has found a way for its customers to have their ...
  96. Darden's Olive Garden Recovery Is Good, Not Great

    April 7, 2016
    Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) issued a solid earnings report on Tuesday that showed rising same-store sales across every ...
  97. Intel Goes International for IoT Acquisition

    April 7, 2016
    Italy isn't typically considered to be a hotbed of high tech, so it's a bit surprising that the country is the locale for ...
  98. IMAX Makes Its Latest Push Into India

    April 7, 2016
    Bollywood, meet Hollywood. Monster-screen specialist IMAX (NYSE: IMAX) is about to dramatically expand its presence in India ...
  99. 3 Expensive International ETFs Worth Your While (VIDI, SDIV)

    April 7, 2016
    Explore the international ETFs that have high expense ratios but are still worth a look from investors seeking low risk, ...
  100. 3 Emerging Markets Equity Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (TPECX, ...

    April 7, 2016
    Learn about how emerging market stocks have fared in 2016, where developing stocks could be heading, and three emerging market ...
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