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  1. Global Communications: 5 Key Industry Players (T, VZ)

    April 20, 2016
    Compare the market capitalizations and enterprise values of the leading communications industry stocks with their annual ...
  2. (GLD) SPDR Gold Shares: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about SPDR Gold Shares, including why it may be a good way to diversify a portfolio, who owns it and how it has performed ...
  3. 3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the major ETF trends in the first quarter of 2016, and the reasons why some of the biggest trends from 2015 have ...
  4. (UNG) U.S. Gas ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the five largest holders of UGA, and discover which firms hold UGA as an investment and which hold it on behalf ...
  5. Coca-Cola Stock Fizzles on 4% Q1 Revenue Drop (KO)

    April 20, 2016
    Slumping global soda consumption remains a headwind for the Atlanta-based company.
  6. DR Horton Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (DHI)

    April 20, 2016
    There's strong pent up demand for DR Horton-built homes, which will likely translate to a higher stock price in the quarters ...
  7. Yum Brands Beats the Street, Despite McD's All-Day Breakfast

    April 20, 2016
    Investors bought YUM stock unafraid of the damage that might be done by McDonald's all-day breakfast. It turned out to be ...
  8. Intel Cuts 11% Workforce as PC Segment Continues to Struggle ...

    April 20, 2016
    Intel's sales from its microprocessor and chip division, which represents 60% of its total sales and profits, declined by ...
  9. PID: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 20, 2016
    Explore the performance of the PowerShares International Dividend Achievers ETF since 2012 and the role that energy prices ...
  10. Qualcomm Stock Hinges on Strong Q1 Earnings (QCOM)

    April 20, 2016
    Despite Qualcomm's revenue declines and the eroding market share, the semiconductor giant might have already seen the worst ...
  11. Alphabet Stock: What to Expect from Earnings (GOOG, GOOGL)

    April 20, 2016
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is set to report first-quarter results after the close Thursday. Analysts are expecting ...
  12. Check Point Software Stock Rise on Q1 Beat (CHKP)

    April 20, 2016
    Check Point Software is building the type of financial muscle that will allow it to maintain its market position via M&A ...
  13. Microsoft Stock Still a Buy on Cloud Momentum (MSFT)

    April 20, 2016
    While Microsoft shares don't scream bargain today at near all-time highs, they won't get cheaper, thanks to the company's ...
  14. 3 Stocks to Get Exposure into Iran's Deal (BA, GE)

    April 20, 2016
    Explore three companies that may benefit from the Iran nuclear pact, as well as the reasons these companies are taking a ...
  15. Bank Rally Could Run Out of Steam (KBE, KRE)

    April 20, 2016
    Banking funds have rallied into price levels that could trigger major reversals.
  16. SDOG vs. NOBL: Comparing Dividend-Oriented ETFs

    April 20, 2016
    Read an overview and comparative analysis of two ETFs that employ different approaches to stock selection based on dividend ...
  17. 3 Highly Liquid Stocks Under $10 (RF, AUY, SIRI)

    April 20, 2016
    Here are three stocks that would have made you some serious coin over the past three months. They're also highly liquid. ...
  18. Norfolk Southern Stock: Can Earnings Get Back on Track? (NSC)

    April 20, 2016
    Railroad stocks won't excite with sexy growth, but Norfolk Southern's earnings are projected to accelerate from 4.7% growth ...
  19. Global Financials: 3 Key Industry Players (IDCBY, AXAHY)

    April 20, 2016
    Take a look at three of the largest and most influential global companies that are leaders in the important financial services ...
  20. Caterpillar at a Major Crossroads (CAT)

    April 20, 2016
    Caterpillar has reached a critical price level that should determine its fate.
  21. Tesla CEO Elon Musk Earned Minimum Wage (TSLA)

    April 20, 2016
    According to a filing on Friday, Musk's total 2015 compensation was $37,584, which reflects the minimum wage requirement ...
  22. These Two Emerging Markets Are Set to Move Higher (PIN, EWT)

    April 20, 2016
    Active traders are turning their attention to the emerging markets because the price of a key exchange traded fund that tracks ...
  23. Southwestern Energy Earnings on Tap, What to Expect? (SWN)

    April 20, 2016
    A fourth straight earnings miss on Thursday may send the stock back below $10 per share, an important psychological benchmark.
  24. To Take Profits in Lumber Stocks, or Hold (WY, RYN)

    April 20, 2016
    Lumber-related stocks have been on a tear recently. Here's the technical outlook to help determine whether it is time to ...
  25. A look into Warren Buffett's biggest holdings (KHC, IBM)

    April 20, 2016
    What do Kraft and IBM have in common? They are two of the most profitable surging stocks in Warren Buffett’s iconic hedge ...
  26. What to Expect from Under Armour Earnings (UA)

    April 20, 2016
    Under Armour reports first-quarter results before the open Thursday. The sports apparel company has capitalized on its innovative ...
  27. 3 Reasons to Consider an ETN vs. an ETF in Your Portfolio

    April 20, 2016
    Understand the differences between standard exchange-traded funds and exchange-trade notes, and learn what potential advantages ...
  28. Infrastructure Stocks Could Be Headed Lower

    April 20, 2016
    The downtrends and other bearish patterns on the charts of several key ETFs suggest that the trend is readying for a move ...
  29. Merrill Edge vs. Edward Jones: Comparing Small Business 401(k) ...

    April 20, 2016
    Read about 401(k) plans for small businesses offered by two national providers, one delivering service online and the other ...
  30. Why Investors are Bailing on Japanese Stocks

    April 20, 2016
    Foreign investors have pulled out of Japanese equities to the tune of $46 billion so far this year.
  31. AMECX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 20, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Income Fund of America from American Funds, and study how its makeup has evolved between ...
  32. 4 Mutual Fund Trends in Q1 2016 (GLD, IAU)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn how the mutual fund industry fared in the first quarter of 2016, and discover some of the prevailing trends that occurred ...
  33. 3 Strategies to Mitigate Currency Risk (EUFX)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the often overlooked risk known as currency risk, and learn three strategies to mitigate or eliminate it in your ...
  34. Zacks vs. Morningstar: Comparing MF Research Providers

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the similarities and differences between mutual fund research providers, Morningstar, Inc. and Zacks Investment ...
  35. (GDX) Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF: Who is Invested?

    April 19, 2016
    Look inside the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF to see the types of investors who hold this fund and who has been buying and ...
  36. Mass Layoffs and Missed Revenues Speed up Intel's Slide (INTC)

    April 19, 2016
    Not only did Intel report first quarter revenue that missed Street expectations, but the company also announced a massive ...
  37. Papa John Balks at Domino's PR Machine

    April 19, 2016
    Papa John's (NASDAQ: PZZA) founder John Schnatter, Papa John himself, has taken a shot at his biggest rival, Domino's Pizza ...
  38. HBO and Discovery Invest in "Mind-Blowing" Tech

    April 19, 2016
    Late last year, comedian, entertainer, and former host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, announced plans ...
  39. USO: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 19, 2016
    Explore the performance of the United States Oil ETF since 2012, as well as the seasonality patterns that have generated ...
  40. ETF Flows: Health Care ETFs Are Shedding Assets in 2016 (FXH, ...

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about five exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the health care sector and experienced large year-to-date (YTD) ...
  41. Cisco Ups Its Smart Car Game With New Partnership

    April 19, 2016
    CEO Chuck Robbins summed up Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings report by saying, "We're focused ...
  42. Is All-You-Can Eat Fries Next for McDonald's?

    April 19, 2016
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) sees a potential future where not only will it offer table-side service, it will also offer all-you-can-eat ...
  43. Time Warner Cable Tests "Skinny" Channel Bundle

    April 19, 2016
    Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) recently started offering a "skinny" bundle of channels to new broadband customers in the ...
  44. Under Armour Starts Marketing Blitz Against Fitbit

    April 19, 2016
    Under Armour (NYSE: UA) recently launched its first commercial for Healthbox, its unified health-tracking platform. Healthbox, ...
  45. Is the Latest Costco Dividend Raise Ill-Timed?

    April 19, 2016
    The company has reported two straight quarters of profit declines; its most recent comparable-sales figure was well short ...
  46. Why Yahoo's Core Business Is Negatively Valued

    April 19, 2016
    As the bidding process comes to a close find out why Yahoo's core advertising and search businesses are valued at $0.
  47. Alibaba Makes a Lifesaving $1B Investment in Lazada (BABA)

    April 19, 2016
    The Chinese Internet giant continues its acquisition spree and advancement into Southeast Asian markets with the acquisition ...
  48. Square Enters the Online Lending Space (SQ)

    April 19, 2016
    Jack Dorsey's Square will expand services relating to Square Capital's cash advance service, becoming a key player in the ...
  49. Amazon Hits Netflix With New Video Service (AMZN, NFLX)

    April 19, 2016
    Amazon's new subscription plan comes only a couple of weeks ahead of Netflix’s planned price increase.
  50. What to Expect from Yum! Brands' Earnings

    April 19, 2016
    Yum! Brands – which operates the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC fast-food brands – reports first-quarter results after close ...
  51. Utilities ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (UPW, FXU)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the best and worst performing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within the domestic and international utilities sector ...
  52. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  53. Are Johnson & Johnson's Earnings Estimates Too Healthy? (JNJ)

    April 19, 2016
    Have analysts' upward revision earnings estimates for Johnson & Johnson gotten ahead of themselves?
  54. These Charts Suggest That Commodities Are Headed Lower (RIC)

    April 19, 2016
    Bullish momentum over the past couple of months has pushed commodity-related stocks towards the resistance of their 200-day ...
  55. 3 Lesser-known Retailers in Bull Markets (BURL, DG)

    April 19, 2016
    These three retailers are flying under the radar, carving out bullish patterns that should yield new highs.
  56. IBM Stock Punished Despite Earnings Beat (IBM)

    April 19, 2016
    While the shares are poised to selloff on the mixed results, IBM is operating on its stated objectives, which means patience ...
  57. The 4 Largest Financials ETFs (XLF, VFH)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about the current environment for financials and discover the top four exchange-traded funds that can be used to gain ...
  58. Corn's Bullish Base Could Yield 2016 Breakout (CORN)

    April 19, 2016
    Corn is building an inverse head and shoulders base that could support a rally above 500.
  59. Goldman Sachs' Profits Beat, Revenues Plunge

    April 19, 2016
    Analysts expected bad news ahead of Goldman's first-quarter earnings, reported before market open Tuesday. They were half ...
  60. Yahoo Stock: What to Expect from Earnings (YHOO)

    April 19, 2016
    Yahoo reports first-quarter earnings Tuesday after close, but the market is paying only cursory attention to the company's ...
  61. VMware Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (VMW, EMC)

    April 19, 2016
    VMware must show a level of margin improvement that demonstrates that its underlying business has strengthened.
  62. 4 Trends in the ETF Market to Date in 2016 (SPY)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about four emerging ETF trends in 2016, including what they signal about broader trends in investing and the financial ...
  63. Are ETFs Going to Replace Hedge Funds?

    April 19, 2016
    Examine whether ETFs can take significant market shares from hedge funds. Hedge funds have seen their heyday, but ETFs are ...
  64. Discover Financial Earnings on Tap, What to Expect? (DFS)

    April 19, 2016
    With its shares down 3% year-to-date and 12% over the past year, Discover Financial can become a solid bounce back candidate ...
  65. Netflix Stock Tanks 10% on Weak Sub Guidance

    April 19, 2016
    Netflix faces a growing number of digital competitors not just from Amazon, but also from Hulu, HBO Now and YouTube.
  66. Can a Dose of CVS Health Revive Your Portfolio? (CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    CVS will send its dividend payment on May 2 to shareholders of record as of April 22.
  67. SGENX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 19, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the First Eagle Global Fund, and study how the fund's makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  68. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies Your Best Friend Right Now? (TSO, ...

    April 19, 2016
    Discover why falling oil prices are causing many oil companies to file for bankruptcy, and how low-debt oil companies and ...
  69. The 4 Largest Commodity ETFs (GLD, IAU)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about the pros and cons of commodity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as well as the four largest commodity ETFs and the ...
  70. The Debt Report: The Utilities Sector

    April 19, 2016
    Discover how blue chip U.S. utilities companies are using debt, and why it was important for the industry to deleverage after ...
  71. (MO) Who are Altria's Main Competitors?

    April 18, 2016
    Learn about the financial profile of Altria Group and three of its competitors. Discover why these companies have performed ...
  72. Autodesk Adds Rendering Solutions With Solid Angle

    April 18, 2016
    Design software specialist Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) is under pressure from not one but two activist investors, as the company ...
  73. DODGX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 18, 2016
    Review a volatility and modern portfolio theory statistics case study of the Dodge & Cox Stock Fund, and consider whether ...
  74. New LinkedIn App Targets College Grads

    April 18, 2016
    Of LinkedIn's (NYSE: LNKD) $2.99 billion in revenue last year, a whopping $1.88 billion was generated from its primary Talent ...
  75. IBM's New Cloud Video Unit Scores Multiple Wins

    April 18, 2016
    Much of the talk surrounding IBM's (NYSE: IBM) efforts to dominate the fast-growing cloud marketplace centers on its cognitive ...
  76. PepsiCo's Q1 Beats On North-American Strength (PEP)

    April 18, 2016
    Strength in North American markets, which now account for about 32% of PepsiCo Inc.'s total revenue, helped offset weaknesses ...
  77. Has Gamestop Found a Sustainable Business Model?

    April 18, 2016
    Gamestop (NYSE: GME), a company many thought would go the way of national record store chains, seems to have found a way ...
  78. Will Twitter's Big Bet on China Pay Off? (TWTR)

    April 18, 2016
    Twitter has become an important advertising mechanism for many Chinese companies which aim to reach a vibrant audience.
  79. Dick's Moves to Bid on Sports Authority Assets

    April 18, 2016
    Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) is interested in purchasing assets from Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy in ...
  80. Amazon Prime Challenges Netflix with New Plans (AMZN)

    April 18, 2016
    Amazon announced that it will start offering new Prime Services, including a video-only subscription.
  81. Lowe's to Benefit From Retail Sales Data (LOW)

    April 18, 2016
    Thanks to rising trends in not only home sales, but also construction spending, Lowe's is poised to benefit from higher sales ...
  82. Will Trading Decline Hurt Goldman Sachs Earnings? (GS)

    April 18, 2016
    The struggles in Goldman's trading business and the fact that the company has resisted scaling back in that area indicates ...
  83. Is This Intel's Breakthrough Quarter? (INTC)

    April 18, 2016
    Combined with various product cycle refreshes in both the datacenter and the PC client segments, Intel could be setting up ...
  84. Will UnitedHealth Beat Earnings Expectations? (UNH)

    April 18, 2016
    The fact that both its earnings and revenue are projected to climb above 15% year over year underscores the strength of UnitedHealth's ...
  85. Who Are Advanced Micro Devices' Main Competitors? (AMD)

    April 18, 2016
    Learn about the financial profiles of four of Advanced Micro Devices' competitors and each company's specific product niches.
  86. Top 3 Stocks to Invest in If You Can't Stand Risk

    April 18, 2016
    Don't have the appetite for risk? Consider these 3 stocks.
  87. Valeant News: Michael Pearson's Return, Sort of

    April 18, 2016
    Explore the circumstances surrounding Michael Pearson’s leave of absence from Valeant, as well as the details of his short-lived ...
  88. Will Tyler Technologies Stumble in 2016? (TYL, AAPL)

    April 18, 2016
    Read about Tyler Technologies' wild stock price ride. Investors can peer into the future by analyzing the company's results ...
  89. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies the Best Long-Haul Bet?

    April 18, 2016
    Set on investing in oil for the long haul? Here's why companies with low debt may be your best bet.
  90. Is HPE Stronger than Cisco? (HPE, CSCO)

    April 18, 2016
    Assuming HPE stock was priced on par with CSCO, the shares would trade today at around $23 per share or about 32% higher ...
  91. 3 S&P 500 Comeback Kids (ADS, SYMC)

    April 18, 2016
    These three broken stocks show exceptionally strong volume patterns that could support new uptrends.
  92. 3D Systems Tanks on Sell Rating by Citigroup (DDD)

    April 18, 2016
    Because of the fact that 28% of the company's outstanding shares are still in the hands of short sellers, bets on the company's ...
  93. Apple Stock Falls on iPhone Production Cuts (AAPL)

    April 18, 2016
    Consumers are holding on to their phones longer, presumably in anticipation of the iPhone 7 launch in September.
  94. Gilead to Provide Healthy Dose of Growth (GILD)

    April 18, 2016
    It's always a good sign when earnings and revenue estimates suggest growth and not a decline.
  95. Netflix Earnings: What to Expect (NFLX)

    April 18, 2016
    Video-streaming service Netflix Inc. (NFLX), which reports earnings Monday after market close, has been a Wall Street darling ...
  96. Google Can Help You Achieve Your Goals (GOOG)

    April 18, 2016
    Google celebrates its 10th birthday with the announcement of Google Calendar's new goals feature.
  97. Trending Stocks Near the Buy Zone (FSLR, HRL)

    April 18, 2016
    These trending stocks have recently pulled back, providing a potential buying opportunity. Here's some trades to consider.
  98. Buy Oil and Gas Plays After the Doha Shakeout (XLE)

    April 18, 2016
    XLE should offer a buying opportunity when it returns to a two-year trendline breakout near 60.
  99. Southwest Airlines Gets Some Love (LUV)

    April 18, 2016
    Southwest remains one of the more consistent operators within the airline sector thanks to its focus on detail and continued ...
  100. Costco Stock Climbs on Dividend Hike (COST)

    April 18, 2016
    Costo's dividend is a bonus to the stock performance, which is the real gem.
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