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  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Leucadia National Buys ITG Investment Research

    May 11, 2016
    Research has traditionally been considered an important component of any investment banking operation. Leucadia National ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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) ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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.
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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.
  37. (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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. (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 ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. OAKBX: Oakmark Equity And Income Portfolio Trends in 2016

    May 10, 2016
    Discover the Oakmark Equity & Income Fund, its portfolio trends in 2016 and the manager who has been at the helm for over ...
  59. Top 3 AllianceBernstein Alternative Mutual Funds (SPG, AVB)

    May 10, 2016
    Discover how to add diversification to a portfolio with nontraditional strategies and investments through three top mutual ...
  60. AMD Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    May 10, 2016
    Analyze AMD's debt and shareholder equity to understand the firm's capital structure. Learn about shareholder deficit and ...
  61. What Does Global X Purchase Mean for JP Morgan?

    May 10, 2016
    Discover what JPMorgan Chase gets for its minority interest acquisition of ETF provider Global X, and learn about what it ...
  62. 5 Best Dividend-Paying Consumer Discretionary ETFs (RTH, RCD)

    May 10, 2016
    Discover the five best dividend-paying consumer discretionary ETFs, which is one of the best-performing sectors in the market ...
  63. 3 International (EAFE) Mutual Funds for Bull and Bear Markets ...

    May 10, 2016
    Discover the international EAFE mutual funds that can hedge currency risk, limit downside volatility in bear markets and ...
  64. Legal Risk Study: XLB, How Much Fines Have Component Companies ...

    May 10, 2016
    Discover three component companies in the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund that have had fines imposed, and learn why the ...
  65. 5 Best Dividend-Paying International Financials Mutual Funds ...

    May 10, 2016
    Discover how high-dividend mutual funds maximize payouts in different ways and the types of stocks, indexes and derivatives ...
  66. Market Makers Citadel, KCG Investigated by the DoJ (KCG)

    May 10, 2016
    The market-making operations of Citadel LLC and KCG Holdings Inc. are under investigation by the Department of Justice, which ...
  67. Capital Intensive Companies: What Are The Pros & Cons for Investors?

    May 10, 2016
    Learn about the pros and cons of investing in capital-intensive industries. Find out how barriers to entry and mature industries ...
  68. Freeport-McMoRan Selling More Assets to Raise Cash

    May 10, 2016
    Mining and petroleum major Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) continues to shed valuable assets in a bid to bring its sprawling ...
  69. Analyzing Bengal Energy's Return on Equity (BNG.TO)

    May 10, 2016
    Find out why Bengal’s return on equity (ROE) has been negative for the past five years and how to evaluate the stock for ...
  70. Abercrombie Sets Its Sights on Saudi Arabia

    May 10, 2016
    There was a time when Abercrombie &amp; Fitch's (NYSE: ANF) style wouldn't have played well across much of the Middle East; ...
  71. The 3 Richest Mutual Fund Portfolio Managers (BEN, BGOAX)

    May 10, 2016
    Discover several of the richest active mutual fund portfolio managers in the world, according to the 2016 Forbes list of ...
  72. Why Big Oil Bailed on $2.5B in Arctic Drilling Rights

    May 10, 2016
    Tossing good money after bad is not a sound strategy.
  73. Small Cap Mutual Funds: 5 Long-Term Portfolio Managers to Consider ...

    May 10, 2016
    Discover five veteran small-cap mutual fund managers who consistently outperform their benchmarks using varied analytical ...
  74. Nintendo Releases "Pokemon Sun and Moon" Starter Video

    May 10, 2016
    Pokemon fans went crazy on social media this morning as gaming company Nintendo released a starter video for its latest game, ...
  75. Top 3 AllianceBernstein International/Global Equity Mutual Funds ...

    May 10, 2016
    Learn about three Alliance Bernstein international stock funds, one of which has only been offered to investors since December ...
  76. Is Carl Icahn Calling a Market Correction? (IEP, AAPL)

    May 10, 2016
    Carl Icahn has taken on a massive short market position by way of his publicly traded investment vehicle Carl Icahn Enterprises.
  77. WWE Network Grows, WrestleMania Breaks Records

    May 10, 2016
    World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) had a very strong first quarter, increasing its earnings per share to $0.18 from ...
  78. Belgian Beer Giant Wants to Name Budweiser 'America' (BUD)

    May 10, 2016
    "America," brought to you by your neighborhood multinational conglomerate brewery AB InBev.
  79. No Tipping, Some Problems for Joe's Crab Shack

    May 10, 2016
    Sometimes, knowing you have a problem and actually solving that problem can look very different. That's the dilemma facing ...
  80. Oracle Battles Google for 9.3B in Damages

    May 10, 2016
    Oracle and Google head to court to decide whether or not APIs are covered under fair use in copyright.
  81. Amazon Hits All Time High, 46,660% Return (AMZN)

    May 10, 2016
    Congratulations, Jeff. Amazon touched $701.40 Tuesday morning, surpassing its previous all-time high of $696.44, set on December ...
  82. Junior Gold Miners Ready to Shake Out Weak Hands (GDXJ, GDX)

    May 10, 2016
    The junior gold miners fund has hit overbought levels that have triggered at least 6 major reversals since 2012.
  83. FIEU vs. FIEE: Comparing Leveraged Europe ETNs

    May 10, 2016
    Discover and compare two leveraged European exchange-traded notes. Learn about their purpose, strategy, characteristics and ...
  84. 2 Transport Laggards Ready to Sell Short (JBLU, MATX)

    May 10, 2016
    The transportation sector is weakening after the 1st quarter rally, with the weakest components showing profitable short ...
  85. Seeking Dividends? Consider This ETF (DHS)

    May 10, 2016
    This ETF tracks high-quality companies that pay reliable dividends.
  86. 3 Commodity Stocks Poised to Pop (VALE, AU)

    May 10, 2016
    Pullbacks toward key support levels suggest now could be a good time to buy commodity stocks.
  87. (UCO) PowerShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF: Who is Invested?

    May 10, 2016
    Find out which institutional investors are investing in the PowerShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF, and who is buying ...
  88. Sumner Redstone Competency Suit Dismissed by Judge

    May 10, 2016
    A high-profile case in Los Angeles County Superior Court regarding the mental competency of Hollywood mogul Sumner Redstone ...
  89. This Is What Henry Sy's Portfolio Looks Like (SVTMF)

    May 10, 2016
    Discover how Henry Sy became the richest person in the Philippines by choosing smart investments in and out of the stock ...
  90. Private Company Investing: 3 Mutual Funds That Invest in The ...

    May 10, 2016
    Find out which mutual funds are investing in private companies before their initial public offering and how their investments ...
  91. Why LendingClub's CEO Just Resigned

    May 10, 2016
    In a surprise move, LendingClub (NYSE: LC) founder and CEO Renaud Leplanche has stepped down from his position. He has been ...
  92. The True Risks Behind Preferred Stock ETFs (PFF, FPE)

    May 10, 2016
    Consider the risks of investing in preferred stocks, including lack of diversification and sector risks in preferred stock ...
  93. Breaking Down XLB: 3 Components That Are Most Attractive

    May 10, 2016
    Consider some stronger stocks from the materials sector as portfolio candidates at a time when many investors fail to acknowledge ...
  94. Mortgage Deals: Chase vs. U.S. Bank

    May 10, 2016
    Discover which bank offers the better mortgage deal? Learn the difference between two popular mortgage offerings of Chase ...
  95. FAS: An ETF Performance Case Study

    May 10, 2016
    Explore the outsized returns of The Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X ETF, including the seasonal patterns that result in ...
  96. Why Square Stock Plunged 31% Last Week (SQ)

    May 10, 2016
    Investors were spooked not only by Square's wider Q1 loss, but the company's second quarter forecast of merely in-line results.
  97. Facebook Accused of Political Censorship (FB)

    May 10, 2016
    Facebook employees have allegedly deliberately blocked content and various articles considered politically conservative from ...
  98. Can Captain America Rescue Disney? (DIS)

    May 10, 2016
    Disney's success in the theaters hasn't been enough to offset struggles in the living rooms.
  99. Big Oil Has Biggest Debt Sale of 2016 (CVX)

    May 10, 2016
    Monday was the second busiest day for new bond issues in 2016.
  100. Why Fitbit Stock Plunged 25% Last Week (FIT)

    May 10, 2016
    The fitness tracker manufacturer spooked its investors after market close last week Wednesday by forecasting weaker-than-expected ...
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