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  1. VV: An ETF Performance Case Study

    May 8, 2016
    Discover the seasonal trading patterns of the Vanguard Large-Cap ETF, including the three months of the year that have generated ...
  2. Growth Mutual Funds: 3 Long-Term Portfolio Managers to Consider ...

    May 8, 2016
    Learn about several long-tenured mutual fund managers focusing on growth equities, and take a closer look at their backgrounds ...
  3. Breaking Down KBE: 3 Components That Are Most Attractive

    May 8, 2016
    Review the holdings in the KBE ETF to identify three attractive banking stocks based on valuation metrics, fundamentals and ...
  4. ETF Flows: 2 Telecom ETFs Winning Assets (VOX, FCOM)

    May 8, 2016
    Learn how the telecommunications sector has outperformed the market year to date and how investors are reaping the rewards ...
  5. USD vs. SOXL: Comparing Leveraged Semiconductor ETFs

    May 8, 2016
    Discover and compare two semiconductor exchange-traded funds. Learn about their purpose, strategy, characteristics and investor ...
  6. (TVIX) VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN: Who is Invested?

    May 8, 2016
    Discover how the TVIX loses up to 90% of its value annually and who are the largest institutional players. Learn if this ...
  7. Starbucks Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    May 8, 2016
    Discover how five of Starbucks' key customers help keep the coffee giant competitive worldwide by offering a variety of food ...
  8. (ADHD) Who are Alcobra's Main Competitors?

    May 8, 2016
    Learn about Alcobra, a young player in treating attention deficit hyperactiviy disorder (ADHD) that may give its competitors ...
  9. Natural Resources ETF: IGE or GNR?

    May 8, 2016
    Explore a comparison between IGE and GNR, and learn about the differences between the two ETFs, and their top holdings and ...
  10. 3 Quality-Oriented Mutual Funds for Conservative Growth Investors ...

    May 8, 2016
    Learn about the investment profiles of three conservative, growth-oriented mutual funds with long track records of excellent ...
  11. 3 Low-Beta Funds to Consider When Volatility Surges (FSHCX, OSMAX)

    May 8, 2016
    Consider low-beta ETFs to help keep your portfolio stable. When markets fluctuate sharply, these funds are designed to experience ...
  12. Legal Risk Study: XLV, How Much Fines Have Component Companies ...

    May 8, 2016
    Learn the reasons behind the fines paid by the top three pharmaceutical companies held by XLV, and why they might not prevent ...
  13. 4 Large-Cap Growth ETFs for Bull and Bear Markets (QQQ, IWF)

    May 8, 2016
    Compare the performances of large-cap and mega-cap ETFs during bull and bear markets, and observe how higher market capitalization ...
  14. Chevron Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (CVX)

    May 8, 2016
    Learn about several utilities and other companies that serve as important customers for Chevron's natural gas and refined ...
  15. Activist Hedge Funds: 2 Mutual Funds That Track Them (DDDIX, ...

    May 8, 2016
    Find out which mutual funds specifically track activist investments, offering small investors the opportunity to invest like ...
  16. Lowe's Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (LOW)

    May 8, 2016
    Examine Lowe's Companies' equity capitalization, debt capitalization and enterprise value to analyze trends in the retailer's ...
  17. 3 ETFs to Take Advantage of Increased Mortgage Rates (REM, VMBS)

    May 8, 2016
    Obtain a comparative review and analysis of three of the top-performing ETFs that are poised to generate profits from increased ...
  18. Financials ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (BIZD, ARCC)

    May 7, 2016
    Read an analysis of the best- and worst-performing financial equities ETFs so far in 2016, along with a look at the sector's ...
  19. Nike Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (NKE, CAL)

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about a handful of important sporting goods retailers purchasing and selling Nike products in North America, Europe ...
  20. Breaking Down XLY: 3 Components That Are Most Attractive

    May 7, 2016
    Discover three top-performing stocks in the Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund ETF, and learn which one may be the most ...
  21. SDS vs. SPXU: Comparing Short Leveraged U.S. Equity ETFs

    May 7, 2016
    Explore the financial profiles of two leveraged ETFs that profit when the S&P 500 declines, and learn what type of investors ...
  22. 5 Reasons Airline ETFs Are Doing Well Despite Oil Bounce (JETS, ...

    May 7, 2016
    Learn why airline stocks and exchange-traded funds are increasing their profits consistently as oil prices are also on the ...
  23. Breaking Down XLU: 3 Components that Are Most Attractive

    May 7, 2016
    Discover three attractively undervalued components companies in the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF, and learn which ones ...
  24. The 3 Best Mutual Funds to Short Small Cap U.S. Equities (SHPIX, ...

    May 7, 2016
    Discover the three best mutual funds to short small-cap stocks in a market downturn and learn which one is best suited for ...
  25. VGHCX: Vanguard Health Care Fund Performance Case Study

    May 7, 2016
    Find out current information about Vanguard Health Care Fund including the fund’s history, recent performance and financial ...
  26. The 4 Best ETFs that Pay Monthly Dividends (DIV, PFF)

    May 7, 2016
    Find out which exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the best for paying monthly dividends while offering high yields and steady ...
  27. 3 Best Dividend-Paying International Financials ETFs (IXG, EUFN)

    May 7, 2016
    Discover the ETFs that pay the highest dividends to contrarian investors while they wait for a rebound in the international ...
  28. Accessing High Beta Stocks: ETFs vs. Mutual Funds (BRSIX, IWC)

    May 7, 2016
    Explore differences between accessing high beta stocks with either mutual funds or ETFs, as well as the best options for ...
  29. Looking for Non-U.S. Yield? Consider This Powershares EM ETF ...

    May 7, 2016
    Explore an analysis of the PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt ETF, and learn about its characteristics and whether ...
  30. Chevron Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (CVX)

    May 7, 2016
    Learn the nuances of multiple metrics that measure a firm's equity and debt capitalization, while determining Chevron's own ...
  31. Warren Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable Is Trader Joe's Competitive ...

    May 7, 2016
    Understand the factors that have led to retail grocer Trader Joe's competitive advantage over some of its notable competitors, ...
  32. The 3 Largest Latin America ETFs (EWZ, EWW)

    May 7, 2016
    Discover the investment strategies offered by the largest Latin America ETFs, including single-country funds and broad exposure ...
  33. Mortgage Deals: Quicken Loans vs. SunTrust

    May 7, 2016
    Discover whether Quicken Loans or SunTrust offers the better mortgage deal, and learn the difference between two popular ...
  34. VGPMX: Vanguard Precious Metals Fund Top 5 Holdings Analysis ...

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about the Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund Investor Shares mutual fund in terms of what it is, its objectives ...
  35. Lowe's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (LOW)

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about Lowe's, and discover the companies that are its key suppliers. Obtain a brief description and analysis of each ...
  36. Under Armour Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (UA)

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about the recent trends relating to Under Armour’s capitalization structure, including total equity value, debt considerations ...
  37. AMCPX: American Funds AMCAP Portfolio Top 5 Holdings Analysis ...

    May 7, 2016
    Discover the American Funds AMCAP Fund, a large-cap growth fund that seeks stocks with attractive valuations and long-term ...
  38. AMCPX: American Funds AMCAP Portfolio Trends in 2016

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about a large-cap growth fund with a 41-year track record that looks to international, mid- and small-cap stocks to ...
  39. 5 High-Quality Oil Companies to Consider Right Now (XOM, EOG)

    May 7, 2016
    Learn about five oil companies whose long-term prospects remain positive despite the precipitous decline in crude prices ...
  40. Where Does Sheryl Sandberg Keep Her Money? (FB, GOOG)

    May 7, 2016
    Find out how billionaire Sheryl Sandberg’s major investments, from stock to real estate, continue to help her wealth grow ...
  41. Petrobras Raises Cooking-Gas Price: Effects on Its Financials ...

    May 7, 2016
    Discover what happened when Petroleo Brasileiro SA raised the price of liquefied petroleum gas or cooking gas price in September ...
  42. IBM Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (IBM)

    May 7, 2016
    Find out how key IBM customers partner with the company to better their own revenues and help IBM grow into one of the largest ...
  43. Warren Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Costco's Competitive ...

    May 7, 2016
    Find out how Costco has leveraged its cost model and brand equity into a sustainable economic moat, which protects investors ...
  44. Emotional Intelligence: 5 Lessons for Investors from Charlie ...

    May 7, 2016
    Discover what fundamental investor and billionaire Charlie Munger says about emotional intelligence and why human psychology ...
  45. UPS Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    May 7, 2016
    Analyze UPS' capital structure to determine the relative importance of debt and equity financing. Identify the factors influencing ...
  46. Nike Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (NKE)

    May 7, 2016
    Analyze Nike's capital structure to understand how the business is being financed. Discover how much equity capital is used ...
  47. Google Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (GOOGL)

    May 6, 2016
    Analyze Alphabet's capital structure to determine how it has changed over time and how it compares to similar companies.
  48. VASGX: Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund Top 4 Holdings Analysis

    May 6, 2016
    Find out how the Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund has constructed its index-based portfolio for aggressive growth-oriented ...
  49. Kroger Drops Its Pay-to-Play Alcohol Shelving Plan

    May 6, 2016
    Obviously, supermarket giant Kroger (NYSE: KR) didn't think this one through: Earlier this year it launched a controversial ...
  50. Starbucks Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    May 6, 2016
    Discover the capital structure analysis for Starbucks Corporation, and learn how it generated a 47% increase in enterprise ...
  51. Is Marriott's 20% Dividend Raise Sustainable?

    May 6, 2016
    If you were a company about to spend more than $12 billion on a new asset, would you also chose that moment to add to your ...
  52. 3 Billionaires Who Graduated from Columbia University (KO, C)

    May 6, 2016
    Find out the story behind some of the more famous alumni of Columbia University who have become billionaires in investment ...
  53. Chipotle Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (CMG)

    May 6, 2016
    Learn about the impact the foodborne illness outbreak had on Chipotle, how Chipotle operates with no debt, and details behind ...
  54. Why GoPro Delayed the Release of Its Karma Drone

    May 6, 2016
    Devotees of GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) products will have to wait a little longer than anticipated for the company's next hot ...
  55. FSENX: Fidelity Select Energy Top 5 Holdings Analysis (XOM, SLB)

    May 6, 2016
    Discover the top five holdings in the Fidelity Select Energy Portfolio, which in early 2016 included Exxon Mobil Corp. and ...
  56. Baker Hughes Says Rig Counts Are Still Falling

    May 6, 2016
    The dramatic slowdown in the energy sector continued in April: Oil field industry services player Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) ...
  57. CWGIX: American Funds Capital World Growth and Income Top 5 Holdings

    May 6, 2016
    Discover which companies comprise the top five holdings of the American Funds Capital World Growth and Income A Fund, and ...
  58. Activision Blizzard's King Purchase Pays Off in Q1

    May 6, 2016
    When Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) finalized its $5.9 billion deal for mobile gaming leader King Entertainment in late ...
  59. FireEye's CEO Steps Down After a Tough Quarter

    May 6, 2016
    Despite FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE) reporting a 34% jump in revenue to $168 million in the first quarter, along with a 23% improvement ...
  60. Amazon Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (AMZN)

    May 6, 2016
    Analyze Amazon's capital structure to determine what roles equity and debt play in financing operations. How has Amazon's ...
  61. DISH Debuts an At-Home Smartphone Repair Service

    May 6, 2016
    When Sprint (NYSE: S) announced back in October its Direct 2 You program, under which its technicians would deliver new ...
  62. GrubHub CEO Not Worried About Big New Competitors

    May 6, 2016
    Any time a start-up carves out a new business niche, it runs the risk of doing all the work to pioneer the space, then having ...
  63. U.S. Markets Move Lower After Conflicting Data (SPY, DIA)

    May 6, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  64. The Top 1% Are Sitting on Their Cash: Here's Why

    May 6, 2016
    Big banks’ wealth management divisions suffered big declines in transaction-based revenues in the first quarter of 2016, ...
  65. Why CyberArk Shares Dipped Despite Solid Q1 Earnings

    May 6, 2016
    Though it posted a solid first-quarter report Thursday, CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR) saw its shares fall 3% in after-hours trading.  ...
  66. 3 Chip Stocks in Strong Uptrends (SIMO, AOSL)

    May 6, 2016
    These three semiconductor plays should remain resilient, posting new highs as long as major indices hold first quarter lows.
  67. 8 1x Inverse ETFs to Hedge the Market (SH,EUM,RWM)

    May 6, 2016
    These 1x inverse ETFs can provide a simpler way to hedge the markets than options or short selling.
  68. Weight Watchers Rebounds on Membership Growth

    May 6, 2016
    Shares of Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) surged by as much as 16% on Thursday after the company posted mixed ...
  69. What's Next for Whole Foods? (WFM)

    May 6, 2016
    Whole Foods market posted mixed results this quarter and the stock price increased.
  70. Defence Sector Displaying Market Leadership (LMT, RTN)

    May 6, 2016
    The 2015 Paris bombings ended a long period of complacency, underpinning these blue chip defence stocks.
  71. Yelp Stock Rises 20% Despite Wider Loss (YELP)

    May 6, 2016
    Shares of Yelp are surging even after the online merchant review site reported first quarter fiscal 2016 results that showed ...
  72. Target Stock: Analyzing 4 Key Customers (TGT)

    May 6, 2016
    Discover Target Corp's four largest customers and how the retail giant focuses on diversity and inclusion to aid in economic ...
  73. Invest Like Buffett With These Two ETFs (VOO,SHY)

    May 6, 2016
    If you think Warren Buffett’s simple yet effective approach to investing might be for you, consider these two ETFs.
  74. Anheuser-Busch Chugs Yet Another Craft Beer Brewer

    May 6, 2016
    Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) has an unquenchable thirst for craft beers. In what has become almost routine for the global ...
  75. Atlas Air Worldwide Surges on Amazon Deal (AAWW, AMZN)

    May 6, 2016
    A small airline in New York has partnered with Amazon to ship packages all over America
  76. Kraft Heinz Nets New 52-Week High on Earnings Beat (KHC)

    May 6, 2016
    Kraft has increased its focus on condiments, particularly in areas like mustard and barbecue sauce, working to leverage its ...
  77. Chesapeake Energy Stock Risess on Q1 Beat (CHK)

    May 6, 2016
    The oil and gas company reported better-than-expected first quarter results that offered hope that a turnaround might be ...
  78. Seagate Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend Friday (STX)

    May 6, 2016
    Seagate will send its dividend payment on May 24 to shareholders of record as of May 10.
  79. Herbalife Soars on Earnings, Possible FTC Deal (HLF)

    May 6, 2016
    Herbalife's news overshadowed what was an otherwise solid earnings report.
  80. Whole Foods' Earnings Cheer Investors (WFM)

    May 6, 2016
    To offset the decline in revenue, Whole Foods' is preparing to launch its 365 stores, aiming to court millennials and more ...
  81. Williams Companies vs. Exxon Mobil: Which Is Better for My Portfolio? ...

    May 6, 2016
    Discover the key differences between Williams Companies and Exxon Mobil, as well as which company makes the best portfolio ...
  82. Stock Activist Case Study: Starboard Value & Darden Restaurants ...

    May 6, 2016
    Study an activist investing case featuring Starboard Value and Darden Restaurants to discover why Starboard believed Darden ...
  83. Gilead Stock: Analyzing 3 Key Customers (GILD)

    May 5, 2016
    Learn about a handful of important Gilead Sciences customers, including several major pharmaceutical distributors and two ...
  84. AMD Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers

    May 5, 2016
    Learn about the business operations of five key companies serving as supply partners in support of AMD's global semiconductor ...
  85. VWINX: Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund Performance Case Study

    May 5, 2016
    Learn basic information for the Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund, including historical performance and market return trends ...
  86. VWELX: Vanguard Wellington Fund Performance Case Study

    May 5, 2016
    Learn about the Vanguard Wellington Fund, including an overview of the fund, its historical performance and a trend analysis ...
  87. VFIFX: Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund Performance Case ...

    May 5, 2016
    Learn about Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund including an overview, performance analysis and breakdown of fund price ...
  88. FUSEX: Fidelity Spartan 500 IndexTop 5 Holdings Analysis

    May 5, 2016
    Discover the five largest holdings of common stock shares that comprise the Spartan 500 Index mutual fund managed by Fidelity ...
  89. FSPHX: Fidelity Select Health Care Performance Case Study

    May 5, 2016
    Read an information overview of Fidelity Select Health Care, and discover the historical trends and financial performance ...
  90. FLPSX: Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    May 5, 2016
    Learn about the five largest holdings of common stock for Fidelity’s Low-Price Stock Fund (FLPSX) and the key performance ...
  91. eBay Acquires Swedish A.I. Specialist Expertmaker

    May 5, 2016
    eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) will soon have a new, cutting-edge technology asset in its portfolio. The auction and retail Website ...
  92. Microsoft to Store Data in DNA (MSFT)

    May 5, 2016
    Big data storage poses a challenge to the digital economy. As DNA sequencing becomes affordable and scalable, it serves as ...
  93. Netflix Now Lets Phone Viewers Control Data Usage

    May 5, 2016
    Making the mobile streaming experience cheap and seamless is a priority for Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). On Thursday, the company ...
  94. Amazon's Restaurant Delivery Launches in San Francisco

    May 5, 2016
    Amazon expands its Prime Now Restaurant Delivery service to San Francisco.
  95. Micro-investing App Acorns Raises $30M (PYPL)

    May 5, 2016
    Micro-investing app Acorns raises $30 million in last round of funding.
  96. Can Shopping Malls Survive This Trend?

    May 5, 2016
    Are we coming to the end of an era for the shopping mall as we know it? If department store chains were to act on the conclusions ...
  97. Is David Einhorn Making a Bad Bet on Yelp?

    May 5, 2016
    Well-known hedge fund manager David Einhorn revealed that his company, Greenlight Capital, has opened a position in popular ...
  98. Tesla Motors Shifting Into Reverse (TSLA)

    May 5, 2016
    Weak Tesla price action in the last two years has generated a large supply of unhappy shareholders.
  99. Build-A-Bear Workshop Is Exploring a Sale

    May 5, 2016
    As both a parent and an investor, Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) has always struck me as a challenging business to operate. ...
  100. Papa Murphy's Weaker Than Domino's, Papa John's

    May 5, 2016
    In the pizza world, it appears customers value convenience over everything else. That would at least explain why consumers ...
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